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?