The Digital Residents vs Visitors debate is something I’ve been considering recently; exploring it in my dissertation, and in a Digital Literacy session (see below!) I deliver with Tom Rowledge to MANG1022 students. Therefore, I was looking forward to being able to reflect on the debate, and on my own use of technology in this post.
I study Web Science and have completed UOSM2012 “Online Social Networks”, exploring the concepts of Digital Literacies and Personal Learning Networks before. Personal Learning Networks are, for me, a very useful way of thinking about how we use Digital Technology . Although the concept is designed to explore how we learn, it is an excellent starting point to consider how we interact with technology.
I found it useful to explore and reflect on my Digital Literacy in separate areas using the self-test, but it is tricky to do this, as I believe a lot of the areas overlap. Indeed, this is true of Digital Residents and Digital Visitors. I have found from original pieces of research, and subsequent work, that some people can be considered a digital resident in some areas, but a visitor in others – and I extend this to myself! The JISC mapping tool provides a very useful visualisation of this (and links to the Personal Learning Networks I explored earlier).
On completing the self-test, I actually noticed that I was more resident in some areas than in others. In managing my online identity, for example, I thought of myself as quite adept (I have separate Twitter accounts for academic work and for personal interactions), but in my engagement of specific communities online I do feel I am less resident, and often more of an outsider. This is something I hope the module will let me explore – roll on next week!
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3. Example visitor and resident maps – Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach [Internet]. JISC. 2014 [cited 11 February 2018]. Available from: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/evaluating-digital-services/example-visitor-and-resident-maps