How About Digital Visitors and Residents?

Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’

Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement

by David S. White and Alison Le Cornu

From the Oxford University TALL Blog

Here’s a link to a blog post that summarizes a paper written by Dave S. White and Alison Le Cornu that reframes the Prensky idea of digital native and immigrant — which is based on technological skill or comfort as a function of age — as digital visitors and residents, which is base on culture and context.  Digital residents thing of the internet as a space in which to hangout, while digital visitors consider the internet as a giant toolbox.

This link takes you to a video in which David White talks about digital visitors and residents and their implications for education.

Want the full story?  Here’s a link to the entire paper:

What do you think?

  • Which do you prefer, digital natives and immigrants or digital visitors and residents?
  • Are you a visitor or a resident?  Do this change in a different context?
  • What implications do you see for residents and visitors in education?