Resident-Visitor Mapping

I appreciate White and Cornu’s  effort to offer a replacement for Prensky’s problematic notion of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants, allowing for more nuance in regards to how individuals are identified, and self identify, in various digital spaces.

One of the most damaging notions associated Prensky’s initial classification is how individuals “not born into the digital world but have adopted aspects of new technology are Digital Immigrants” (White, 2011) regardless of the extent of their actual experience with various software and tools.  This way of thinking can entrench individuals into a fixed mindset that constrains the degree to which someone can expand their skillset and use online tools in a meaningful way.

When creating my own resident-visitor map, I intentionally included movement which highlights the fleeting nature in which I see this snapshot.  This is my map as of today and tomorrow us full of possibility.





White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011, September 5). View of Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement: First Monday. View of Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement | First Monday.

One Reply to “Resident-Visitor Mapping”

  1. Conor,
    I love your map and the movement you incorporated. This is absolutely a snapshot and I am certain our maps will look much different in the not-so-distant future. I appreciate your insight about the dangers of a fixed mindset related to the meaningful use of digital and online tools. As a 1980s baby, I do not feel that I am at a disadvantage in terms of technology; in fact, growing up in a time when access to technology progressed rapidly gives me the advantage of being able to use the technology effectively and with a critical eye. I would be curious to know if we share a similar mindset!
    – Amber

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