Answering the introductory topic about digital residents and natives was more challenging then I initially suspected it would be. The self test provided information which suggested I was split between visitor and resident in terms. In terms of my interactions with the web this didn’t suprise me too much as my web use is split between leisure and academic research and the former doesn’t require much time or skill investment.
What I did find particularly interesting however was to see from other student’s blogs not just how they where split in different ways between resident and visitor but also how they adopted different approaches to answering the question. For instance Adam who’s blog I commented on engaged with the question by delving into the wider academic debates surrounding digital visitor and resident and what the competing ideas on the subject had been. Adam’s blog post differed from mine in this regard as I my post was more internally focused looking at my own self test in a little more detail and connecting my interest in the UOSM2008 module to my Web Science course. My perspective allowed mentor engage with the question by drawing a parralel to Web Science, however in doing so this made it very challenging to engage with the wider debate on how the idea of digital visitor and resident has been contested. This is in part due to working at a restricted word count.
Stefan elaborated on this point and allowed me to see picking this approach to answering the question as something which had both strengths and weaknesses as certain trade-off’s had to be made, for instance that I could have referenced Prensky. I have found this diversity of answer mirrored in how different students approached the question allowing me to see perspective s I otherwise wouldn’t.
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