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.
I chose this module as I am studying Web Science on the social science pathway, and I was interested in the intersection between this particular module and my degree. Web science explores the socio-technical aspects of the web such as the social shaping of technology. That is to say how the development of technology is a two way process. Whereby people are both affected by and affect how technologies such as the web are transformed through the way in which they are used (MacKenzie and Wajcman, 2011). With regards to this course I am interesting in exploring concepts such as digital visitors and residents to therefore gain a better understanding of the impact web technologies have on people’s online behaviors and vice versa. White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011) discussed this idea of a “paradigm shift” whereby newer web technologies in the form of social media such as Facebook and Twitter have changed how people use the web.
Drawing upon the results of the JISC mapping tool (left), I found myself to be split between digital resident and visitor. For instance most of my social media and community engagement is personal rather than institutional, but search engine and email usage is split between the two. Usage of Video sites such as YouTube are almost exclusively personal with any overlap with institutional being largely coincidental rather than intentional. What these findings mean for my digital literacy, and the impact that underlying web technologies have on the development of my personal learning network is something I hope to examine throughout this module.