Looking back at my previous blog post where I mapped my digital presence as related to White’s continuum of Visitors and Residents, I had some thoughts on how to move ahead with developing my digital identity towards becoming a “Resident” (White, 2011).

Unit 3 readings reminded me of the value of the Communities of Practice (CoP) and the learning opportunities they offer by sharing knowledge outside structured learning programs (Lave and Wenger, 1991). Given the affordances of social technologies and the fuzzy borders between networked and group ways of thinking of a CoP (Dron & Andreson, 2014), I would seize every opportunity to actively cultivate my digital presence (LinkedIn or others) that would, in turn, help me become an intentional, networked individual within a Network of Practice (Rainie & Wellman, 2012). As Dron and Anderson support, communicating an idea or skill to others is often reinforcing or even transformative.

Moreover, throughout my studies in the MALAT program, I would be able to reflect on the relevant weekly readings and gain experience in using a variety of social learning technologies such as my blog, Padlet and other social learning tools.

References

White, D. S., & LeCornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9)

Dron, J, & Andreson, T. (2014). Teaching Crowds. Athabasca University Press