Topic 1: Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and make your online experiences to date in support of the points that you make.
With the rapid advancements and use of technologies, it seems that we individuals are becoming reliant on them for almost anything. Let’s be honest, how many of us actually still search the book dictionary for definitions? How many of us gets anxious when we don’t have Internet access?
This digitally inclined world has led to several studies and research on ways to classify individuals according to their engagement with the digital world. In 2001, Prensky classified them as “Natives” and “Immigrants”. However, many researchers debate over the relevancy of his generation divided theory to the digital world. The image below shows the differences between these two terms.
I believe his theory was useful to an extent back then. Have you realized how Generation X can survive without electronic gadgets, while we Generation Y can’t even leave our phones for an hour?
In 2011, the concept of “Visitors” and “Residents” by White and Le Cornu, emerged and was used as a replacement to Prensky’s concept.
So what exactly is a “Visitor” and “Resident”?
A visitor, just as what the name suggested, simply goes online and logs off. An individual who applies the “Visitor” concept sees the Web as a tool to obtain certain information in order to accomplish a task or a need. Whereas, a “Resident” sees the Web as a place and spends a portion of their lives online – social networking, shopping etc.
Now, let’s watch the video to have a better understanding of the two terms.
As introduced by JISC, I created a V&R map to better understand myself in this concept.
Looking at the results, there is no clear distinction of who I really am in this Digital World. Well, there is nothing wrong about it. Like what David White said, “It’s a continuum of ‘modes of engagement’ not two distinct categories.” However, I would definitely want to shift certain interactions to be part of the Institutional / Work category. I am sure by doing so, it would help me to create a better first impression for my future employers, and of course, build up my digital professional profile.
Food for thought:
I stumbled across information that visitors are cautioned about privacy and identity thief. Is that why visitors chose to be visitors? I am keen to hear your thoughts, so share with me!
Till the next time.
Bennet S., Kervin L., & Maton K. (2008). British Journal of Education: The ‘Digital Native’ debate: A critical review of the evidence, Vol.30 (5) Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. Accessed October 30, 2015.
White, D.S. & Cornu, A. Le, 2011. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Available at http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049. Accessed October 30, 2015.
White, D. (2008). Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. [Blog] Tall Blog. Available at http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/%5B. Accessed October 30, 2015.
White, D. (2014). Visitors & Residents. Available at http://daveowhite.com/vandr/. Accessed October 30, 2015.