I decided to reflect on the alternative tension pair by Dave Cormier with the following assertion in mind:  “look at ourselves from the perspective of ALL of our practice … and see what its digital qualities might be” (Cormier, 2018). From that, I created the following visual organization from Cormier’s model to experience the differences from my visitor-resident map.

I discovered that I have a natural tendency for analogue activities that involves learning, planning, comprehending, socializing and communicating.  I have a preference for analogue-individual when engaging in creative activities such as writing and playing instruments.  I still print documents to read them on paper and use a highlighter.   I love post-it and checklists on paper.  I relate better to the tangibility of these habits.  Once on paper, I transfer all of these activities onto online project to-do list, project planner and in my online calendar.  Moving from paper to digital is my way to chunk tasks according to their timelines.

I enjoy learning the traditional way with face-to-face peer-learning, using flipchart and colors and experiencing real-time group-dynamic in a physical space.  I prefer calling a friend than texting and seeing someone in person versus on Zoom.   I found these collaboration-analogue interactions more engaging than digital exchanges.

Despite an evident analog preference for many activities, I consider myself an early adopter of many digital tools to increase my efficiency and time management, both personally and professionally.  Trip planner (Waze), online banking, Carpool, shared calendar, TeamSnap, etc. are just a few examples of my daily use of technologies.  Equally, I made the best out of mindless tasks with the use of my audiobooks (Audible), podcast and music (Spotify).  And thanks to social media, I’ve been able to keep in touch with family and friends throughout the pandemic.

There are definitely hybrid practices both personally and professionally.   Although I only scratched the surface of Cormier’s “tension pair of digital practices” with my own analogue-digital mapping, there is better clarity between actions such as creativity, time management, socializing, organizing, etc. and my use of technology according to its qualities.


Cormier, D. (2018, March).  Digital practices mapping: Intro activity for digital literacies course [blog post], Accessed on April 25, 2021 from http://davecormier.com/edblog/2018/03/31/digital-practices-mapping-intro-activity-for-digital-literacies-course/