Topic 1 – Reflective Summary

After reading the source given and do my own research. Now i realize there is different kind of internet user based on their culture and motivation. The most meaningful experience of this topic is when we get the opportunity to relate each’s experiences, views, and collaborate through comment with each other. After reading my colleague’s blog-post i realize i haven’t fully utilize all sources available and could have done better.I have read several posts from my colleagues. Kai’s and TjueYin’s blogposts catch my attention and give me better insight
On Kai’s blog, i gain deeper insight of visitors and residents theories by the video and digital mapping provided. On the other hand, when i watch the video i also realized the way i use my social media also evolving. Last time i used twitter and facebook actively and undoubtedly count as residents. However, now i never open my facebook anymore and only use twitter for institutional purposes. Does it now make me count as visitors ? In addition, accesing individual’s digital mapping could gain us insight to chose the right platform to enforce engagement. Here’s my digital mapping :

digital mapping

On the other hand, On TjueYin’s blog I’m inspired to write my blogpost in different way as her opening is really refreshing and engage the reader to find out more on her tought. Her blogpost also remind me of my parents’s digital engagement that is not determined by age.

In conclusion, in topic 1 i learned the different approach of individual accessing digital world that’s affected by individual’s culture and motivation. I also inspired to do more research and explore different ways to write my thoughts.

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Visitors and Residents, what define them ?

Visitors see the internet as a box of tool to achieve their goal. They didn’t leave any trace of their appearance, such as expression of opinions or having any ‘digital identity’. It is not because they are not technically adapted but they are more focused. It could be the individual have a great network offline that they did not need any additional online community. Visitors act based on their goal is to solve their problem so they will chose the appropriate tool and sign off. In educational aspect, most visitor’s ideology saw internet as a pool of information to pick up information. Social media and others have nothing to do with learning journey.

While Residents could be said as the next level of engagement. They perceive web as a part of their life and social space. They have community, create relationship and have a sense of ‘belonging’. They share part of their life journey on web by using social media. They also tend to expressing their-self on web. However, it does not means residents are using internet more efficient and effective than visitors.

Visitor and Residents are a term to define our engagement with the web. Visitor and residents term cover the native and immigrant term which define the engagement by age and skill or academic and technical. It is defined by the culture and motivation of the web user.

How individuals use the platform depends on the context and how they manage it. A proportion of user might use web primarily as visitor or primarily as resident. Other spectrum is using web as visitor and resident depends on the occasion and I am one of it. In doing my study or searching for information, I’m using web as a visitor. My aim is to gain reliable information or help me to do some task, once it’s accomplished I’ll sign off. While for personal life, I’m using web as a residents. Mostly for social media. Namely Facebook, twitter, Instagram, blog, and YouTube. Quite often I leave some comments to show support, opinions, or simply to say hi.

Not all platforms are designed equally, some of them are designed to be used as resident. Using it as visitor will prevent us to get the value of the platform. Another spectrum is educational, recently education move to collaborating web into the syllabus. One of the example is our online module that collaborates different platform and social media. During this module, students should use resident approach to get the most of it.

References :

White, D. (2008). Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. Tall Blog, University of Oxford.

White,D. (2009). Visitors and Residents : the videos. Tall Blog, University of Oxford.

White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement.First Monday, 16(9)