After reading Dave Cormier’s Digital Practices Mapping article and comparing it to my concept map, a couple observations emerged for my “professional practice” (Cormier, 2018).

1) Analogue processes are not very common for my role as a Learning Technologist because the digital alternative almost always brings an efficient or worthy attribute that makes analogue seem impractical. Technology is quite literally in my role name so it can be uncommon for me to working without some type of digital component. Specifically issues of scalability, accessibility and consistency are key to a lot of my work and digital technologies are the prevalent solution to most of these issues. The exception to this observation was face to face facilitation and in person teamwork, but both of these have been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2) In my concept map I had observed that many of my technologies had shifted right to more residential as I have worked remotely the past year. Using Dave’s map I realized that many of my tasks have become more individual as well due to less ability for ad-hoc group work. Pre-COVID my office was a large open space and we would commonly stand up and ask the room questions. If needed we could then easily consolidate to collaborate in a separate space. This practice is still going digitally through Slack, Collaborate, etc, but lacks some of the small nuances the in person presence had. Seeing if an coworker is on the phone, away from their desk or actively working on something isn’t always represented well in software user statuses. I find myself reading through resource material and previous requests more as some questions don’t feel worth bothering the whole group with a notification.

3) Dave asks “Is email ‘really’ a digital practice? Write a letter, send it to someone, wait for a response? Not so digital. ” (Cormier, 2018) For my “professional practice” I do believe email is a digital practice. (Cormier, 2018)  Some of the functionality email brings transcends the non-digital capabilities of a letter and is key to email’s use and success. It’s not uncommon for my emails to be sent to multiple stakeholder groups simultaneously that will rely on each others responses to determine the next step in our common goal. With emails there is also the ability to share resources, allow access to other systems or introduce more participants near instantaneously. Email can be directly or indirectly connected to every technology I use and is integral to my “professional practice” (Cormier, 2018).

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