Visitor – Resident Typology Map

Thinking about how I engage with the digital tools and platforms I currently use has helped me evaluate my current digital identity. The Visitor – Resident typology not only acknowledges the tools we use but also how we engage with them (White, 2013). This is a great starting point for planning how to shape my digital identity going forward.

I find it interesting that everyone’s map is so different even though we use many of the same programs and platforms. Our modes of engagement with the programs can be very different and will evolve. For example, Linked In is a platform I currently have very limited interactions in. However, if I was looking for a job I would be connecting with others, making posts, updating my profile, and responding to posts. Then, I would have to place it much further along the continuum towards resident. I found it interesting that Moodle (as a student) and Moodle (as an administrator) placed in the same spot. Moodle also straddles the line between visitor and resident. I can use it as a place to submit an assignment or assign an elearning course. It can also be a place where I share a resource or take part in a discussion forum.

As a regular consumer of information and someone who uses several digital tools for work, I had not considered, what am I contributing? My natural tendency is not to put myself out there or go out of my way to contribute. Now, I see that the people who do this are the ones keeping these spaces alive and interesting. Through this program, I look forward to cultivating an intentional and authentic digital identity. I think the biggest change will be taking up residency in some new spaces.

David Cormier presents an alternative tension pair, “I was looking for something that looked at the whole of someone’s practice rather than just the digital stuff” (Cormier, 2018, para. 8). I feel both tension pairs can be useful depending on the goal for the mapping activity. I find David Cormier’s approach to mapping would answer the question, how do you incorporate digital tools into the things you need to do? and Dave White’s approach would answer the question, what digital tools do you use and how do you engage with them?


Cormier, D. (2018, March 31). Digital Practices Mapping – Intro activity for digital literacies course.

White, D. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping (video).Youtube.


2 thoughts on “Visitor – Resident Typology Map

  1. Hi Melissa,
    Some interesting points you have raised in your post. I share the same feelings as you about your “…tendency is not to put [your]self out there or go out of [your] way to contribute”. I have often thought that only Subject Matter Experts should be contributing to these platforms and sharing their knowledge. I need to flip my way of thinking and put myself out there. I will ask you the same question: “did you find this exercise helpful for writing your Digital Identity Digital Plan?” Look forward to your thoughts.

    1. Hi Gail,
      This was one of my motivators for registering in the MALAT program, to give me that extra push to put myself out there. It looks like it is going to deliver!

      I found that I had almost entirely written the plan in my head before I even started just based on the thoughts and insights I stirred up while completing the exercise.

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