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Topic 1 2016

Open Access

      As an English student, I often need to read secondary texts that I get from online sources. These need to be credible sources so they either need to be books, texts or journals which I access free of charge thanks to Open Access. What is it? You may ask. Wiley have explained below:   Video Credits.   Here is my presentation of the pros and cons of Open Access: http://www.powtoon. Continue reading →

A personal reflection

Topic 1 is over. I repeat after months of hair pulling moments and a copious amount of Google searches and YouTube tutorials later Topic 1 is over. Although relieved I‚Äôm somewhat saddened by the news that what appears to have become the bane of my life for the past few months is over. Finding myself submerged in an online world I thought I knew so much about I soon realised how wrong I was. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflection

Right from the start I found myself questioning Prensky‚Äôs idea of ‚Äėdigital natives‚Äô and ‚Äėdigital immigrants‚Äô perplexed by his somewhat outrageous statements suggesting age is the key determinant of a persons technological skill I was intrigued to see if any of my fellow colleagues had picked up on this barbaric idea. While browsing through my colleague‚Äôs blogs I immediately found myself drawn in by Holly‚Äôs very creative and original title. Continue reading →

Reflection on Topic 1

Since posting my summary on Digital Visitors and Digital Residents, I have read the views presented on the blogs of others and been presented with things I had not considered before. The most interesting to me was the statement on Agnieszka’s blog that one’s position on the visitor/resident spectrum is likely to change at different stages in one’s lifetime. My current position being closer towards the resident end is due to my current situation. Continue reading →

Reflecting on Topic 1

Looking back at topic 1, I have developed my understanding of what digital residents and visitors are, how they can be identified and whether there are any other contrastingly¬†concepts or theories, such as Prensky, which can deepen our understanding of how we identify ourselves whilst online. I see myself as definitely more of a resident, rather than visitor. Continue reading →

Topic One: My reflections

The first topic on this course prompted us to contextualise the terms ‚ÄúDigital Migrants‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Residents.‚ÄĚ These terms had evolved from Prensky‚Äôs (2001) ‚ÄúDigital Natives‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Immigrants‚ÄĚ however these original definitions appeared quite outdated and quite generalised. White and Cornu (2011) therefore developed Prensky‚Äôs original terms and highlighted that online activity is not determined by age, contrary to his beliefs. Continue reading →

Reflecting on Digital Visitors and Residents

Topic 1, ‘Digital Visitors and Residents’, allowed me to broaden my knowledge of this subject through my own research and blog post. I thought I had read extensively and taken into account a range of opinions until I started to engage with others and read their work. I hadn’t even began to realise that there is so much more to the concept of digital visitors and residents than it first seems. Continue reading →

Reflecting on Topic 1

One of the key points that I have learnt from topic 1 is that the distinction between the two categories boils down to individuals engaging with the internet differently. Holly’s post likened digital visitor‚Äôs use of the internet as a vacation and residents use to a world traveller which is a good metaphor for the distinction between the groups. Continue reading →

Topic One: Reflection

With the task of writing just a few hundred words around such a topic as this, it was a pleasant surprise to see the variation in how people approached the topic of digital visitors and residents. Through the initial research I did in preparation for writing my blog post on the topic and then reading my peers’ posts, I learned a lot more about the topic. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflective Summary

Following from Agnieszka’s¬†example, I realised that it would be very helpful to put together a figure on my own web usage on the visitor/resident and personal/institutional spectrums. This was something I would never have thought of doing it was a really helpful visual tool for understanding where on the spectrum I lie. For the most part, it confirmed what I guessed which was that where my behaviour lies on the spectrum varies depending on the context in which I am acting. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflections

For this week‚Äôs topic, we were given the task of explaining the concepts Digital ‚Äėvisitors‚Äô and ‘residents’. These terms originally seemed new to me until I realized that they were developments which had been made to the infamous terms of Digital ‚Äėnatives‚Äô and ‚Äėimmigrants‚Äô popularized by Prensky. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflective Account

Topic 1 has come to an end. Initially I agreed with the definition of digital natives and immigrants outlined by Prensky (2001), using my parents as examples of digital immigrants. However through further reading and debate, I have accepted White and Conru‚Äôs (2011) visitor and resident analogy. My colleague, Clayton has a lot of experience with the internet through his course, in comparison to my lack of experience, I would define him as a clear digital resident. Continue reading →

Digital Residents and Visitors: Reflection

Last week I wrote a post about Digital Residents and Visitors which was a new concept to me and I found it interesting to learn about.¬†After reading some more blogs on the topic and replying to some comments on my own, I’ve learnt a little more on the topic. Firstly,¬†Clayton¬†brought up an interesting point about teachers may find it hard to teach a generation of children who “speak a different language”. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflection

Originally, I thought I had grasped the concept of visitors and residents perfectly. Little did I know there would be more to learn from reading the blog posts of my peers. Although we were given the same task, the nature of online education and personal learning networks ensured that all of our content was different! Ellies‚Äô¬†post incorporated the idea of digital ‚Äėlurkers‚Äô who are present online but do not post or engage. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Reflection

When I wrote my blog post for this topic, I believed that I had a pretty solid grasp on the idea of ‚ÄúDigital Visitors‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Residents‚ÄĚ, and how these had been created following on from Prensky‚Äôs ideas of ‚ÄúDigital Natives‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDigital Immigrants‚ÄĚ. However, during the two weeks that have passed during this topic, and collaboration that has occurred with my peers, my understanding has been altered. I received three very insightful comments on my blog post. Continue reading →