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Topic One – A New Home? Digital “Residents” and Digital “Visitors”

A home you don’t need a life suspending mortgage for, sound too good to be true?  Digital “Residents” would most likely encourage you to get on this virtual property ladder, while “Visitors” may give slightly more cautious advice on entering this domain. These terms are derived from categories that were theorised in a time before the advent of Myspace (2003), Facebook (2004) and Twitter (2006), which helped give reference to the internet as a living place. Continue reading →

So you think you’re a Digital Resident?

The turn of the 21st century has witnessed technology, in particular the Web, grow at an alarming rate. The Web is intrinsically linked into everyday life, however is used to different extents by different groups of people, and for different purposes. Previously, Prensky’s ideas of digital natives/immigrants was proposed (Prensky, 2001), to express the way in which different people approach the digital environment. Continue reading →

Topic one

The concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” originally seemed like a new concept that I was unaware of. Through my readings and research I found I was more aware of the subject and began to draw connections to my own life. Prensky (2001) defines digital “residents” or “immigrants” as a set of people who are learning and developing their online skills. Continue reading →

Missing Blogs….

So, as I said on Twitter, I've syndicated all the blogs I had valid addresses for.  Your name appears in the column on the left hand side. If you've written them (and some of you haven't, which worries me slightly - you only have two and a half hours to publish!) then you can click on the name of an author, see the blog post, and leave a comment. Continue reading →

Topic 1 – Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make.

Previously the greatly criticised Marc Prenksy made the comparison of digital “natives” and digital “immigrants” in his work ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’ (2001). To summarise, Prenksy suggests that all students today are “native speakers of the digital language”, they have been born into a generation where they have always known the internet and as a result it has become embedded in their daily life. Continue reading →

Topic One: Digital Visitors and Residents

The terms Digital “visitors” and “residents” have only recently been introduced by White, Manton and Le Cornu (2011). The intent of their paper was to replace Prensky’s existing terms that divided web users into “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” (2009). A “digital native” refers to an individual that was born into a digital era. They are able to use technology with ease as they have learned how in the same way that they learn their own language. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Digital ‘visitors’ and digital ‘residents’

The concepts of digital visitors and residents was born after criticism of Prensky’s ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’. His age related hypothesis separated the youth as natives, due to being born into the digital world and categorised the older generation as immigrants, implying they need to adapt to the digital world and will never grasp the digital experience like natives have (Prensky, 2001). Continue reading →

Digital “Visitors” and Digital “Residents”

Marc Prensky’s theory of ‘digital natives, those who have grown up alongside the web, ’ and those that haven’t the ‘Digital Immigrants’ has been widely criticised due to categorisation of individuals by purely age (Prensky, 2001). White and Cornu (2011) have proposed an alternate theory defining digital residents and visitors; what classifies one into each bracket is not their age but what motivates the individual for using the internet. Continue reading →

Digital ‘Residents’ or ‘Visitors’: Where do we Belong in the Continuum?

Whenever we use the internet, we leave digital footprints based on the actions we take and the pages we visit. The concept of digital ‘residents’ or ‘visitors’ enables us to better understand the impact of those actions and how it contributes towards our overall online identity (or lack of). This paradigm was introduced as a replacement for Prensky’s (2001) digital ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’. Continue reading →

Digital No-Man’s-Land

Previous blogs for the UOSM2033 module have written extensively on the subject of Digital “Visitors” and “Residents”, and have explained the theory in great detail. However, few have truly questioned this topic. My take on this topic is quite cynical, but hopefully it will stimulate some interesting discussions. From the literature and general discussion that I read, I personally believe that this is a ‘nontheory’. Continue reading →

Google Form

Hi everyone! As was mentioned at our first meeting, here is the link to the next thing you need to do.  When you've set up your Wordpress blog, please follow this link and complete the Google form.  The next thing that will happen is that you'll get a link to your very own feedback form which is where you'll complete your own assessment, followed by our assessment and comments where appropriate. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Digital ‘Residents’ and ‘Visitors’

The main concept of digital ‘residents’ and ‘visitors’ were to categorise web users into how they utilised and accessed the web. Prensky’s (2001) theories believed that students growing up in the new technological age were the digital ‘residents’. The rest who were left to learn new skills became the ‘visitors’, these users had to adapt to technologies replacing traditional systems. Continue reading →

Do you live here? Or are you just visiting?

As someone who has been exposed to technology since birth, I relate to Prensky’s idea of the “Digital Native”- individuals who have grown up in the digital age and are therefore much more competent with technology. It’s second nature to navigate the internet daily, whether uploading a photo onto Facebook using my laptop, opening Maps to navigate somewhere with my phone or watching catch up TV on a tablet. Continue reading →