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After reading David Cormier’s blog post and looking at my Visitor/Resident map once again, new insights emerged as I realized there is no one-size fits all typology to describe this techno-educational paradigm.

Cormier made a great point when he noted that David White’s model was narrow in focus as it primarily looks at what ‘is digital’ verses what ‘is not digital’(Cormier, 2018). He continued by saying this could be problematic when trying to view a person’s practices more holistically.  Furthermore, the tool is not the predominant factor, as was argued by White, in how successfully people engage with technology to achieve a goal, but it is a person’s end goal that matters most. Cormier proposes an alternative map (see figure 1 below), which include the following tensions; individual-collaborative and analogue-digital. The goal for Cormier was to provide a map that looked at all aspects of one’s profession practice, not just the “digital stuff” (Cormier, 2018).

Figure 1. Image taken from Dave’s Educational Blog (March, 2018)

With both typologies in mind,  I suspect we could create countless tensions to display a more accurate picture of our use of technology, but I worry that by taking multiple “bites at the apple,” (as the research methods saying goes) some of our findings might appear more meaningful even when they’re not. For the purpose of mapping our use of technology, I personally see nothing wrong with David White’s typology, as I think it clearly displays what technologies I use and my modes of engagement with them. I find David Cormier’s map a bit confusing, especially in regards to his ideas on “how digital a practice is” (Cormier, 2018), which prompted the question “Is email ‘really’ a digital practice?” (Cormier, 2018). I let out a long sigh of relief once I realized the blog post has ended. For me personally, I didn’t feel ready nor prepared to participate in that kind of discussion.

How about you? What are your thoughts on this post? Which David do you prefer?

On a side note, I am really enjoying Cormier’s blog posts — I find him hysterical. I love when he said “If you do your professional planning alone on paper, put your sticky note in the bottom left quadrant”. So funny!



Cormier, D. (2018, March). Digital practices mapping: Intro activity for digital literacies course [blog post], Accessed on April 23, 2021 from: http://davecormier.com/edblog/2018/03/