Today, I learned that I lack digital presence! As I began the exercise of mapping my use of technology according to Dave White’s (2011) resident-visitor and personal-institution framework, it became evident that my digital activity within the personal-resident quadrant was bare. Truthfully, this was not a surprise as I prefer to have a conservative online presence.
Much of my use of technology falls within the activity pattern of a visitor (White 2011), as I often use the internet to search the web (noted in purple), complete personal tasks such as online shopping (pink), or access school-related tools (green) to view assignments etc. When online, these actions allow me to complete my tasks without leaving a trace of online identity as noted by White (2011). This is also reflected in my social media accounts (orange), Instagram and Facebook, as they are predominantly used to search for information and follow my teenager’s accounts.
My digital technology patterns for work-related purposes (noted in blue) have increased due to the pandemic and working from home. Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Suite are the most common digital tools used for virtual meetings, sending emails, and sharing documents for collaborative assignments. I manage and create content for my department’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Although I contribute to these sites, my digital identity and social media presence are limited to a professional persona that represents my organization.
When considering David Cormier’s (2018) analogue-digital and individual-collaborative alternative tension pairing, I quickly realized that although I utilize technology to achieve a result, many of my planning practices are rooted in analogue methods. Reaching for paper and pen to brainstorm ideas, using sticky notes to jot down thoughts and creating ‘to-do’ lists are a regular part of my daily practices. However, when collaborating as a professional, I have experienced recent changes due to the pandemic. The traditional in-person brainstorming sessions involving whiteboards and flip charts shifted to a digital-collaborative approach utilizing virtual meetings and digital collaborative tools such as Google Docs and WebEx whiteboards to complete these tasks. In this particular instance, societal circumstances caused a rapid shift in our company’s analogue planning practices to a safer, socially distant digital approach. As I reflect on these changes, I realize that my pattern of digital use has been significantly influenced by external factors, imposing growth and development on my professional practices.
Cormier, D., (2018, March 31). Digital Practices Mapping – Intro activity for digital literacies course. Daves Educational Blog. http://davecormier.com/edblog/2018/03/31/digital-practices-mapping-intro-activity-for-digital-literacies-course/.
White, D. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ
White, D. S., & LeCornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049