Be flexible with the tool you're using for this activity; use the tool that you will be visiting mostly during the programme or module. Ask colleagues if they intend to use similar activities, as the students may have already completed similar 'ice-breaking exercises'. If you include a residential or face-to-face training for distance learning students, then you can use these activities to engage them in the computer lab as well as answer to some initial questions.
The People Profiles tool works best with 'umbrella sites', i.e. LUVLE spaces that have been created for a programme rather than a single module.
It would be better to use MyPlace's profiles if the students are registered to several different modules that are not necessarily linked with each other.
Set the example and create a personal profile first. Other members of staff who is useful to have an online presence are: the course administrator, teaching assistants ,subject librarian, career officer.