A wondering visitor

These first couple of weeks on the ONL-journey have been really interesting and kind of frightening to tell the truth. Within our PBL work we have been analyzing a scenario on the topic; beeing a hesitating noob in the digital world. I experienced that the case was easy to relate to and even projecting your own hopes and concerns upon; the emotions of fear and excitement connected to wo(a)ndering online and experimenting with new digital tools, as well as the challenge of separating the private sphere form the professional.

According to David White ( http://youtu.be/sPOG3iThmRI) on digital literacy, relating to others and creating content online can be understood as skills of language. Online connecting is not my native so to speak, I recall reading a newspaper article that explained the concept of the web when I was about 17 or so…

I have come to understand my own position in this world in terms of being primarily ”a visitor” (White & Le Cornu 2011), considering both my private and professional self. The perception I have of the web is of a place I go to find things out, and I certainly do most of my thinking off-line, not really corresponding well with the whole ”connecting” essence of the web. The traces of me engaging online are subtle I think (I generally don´t interact through social media etc), though constantly present in my personal filter bubble (see Ted talk of Eli Parsier), I am sure.

Anyhow, one of the reasons for me to participate in this ONL course was that I gradually came to be more curious in developing competencies of communication online. Although not comfortable with classifying myself as a ”resident” I already do in fact continously  interact and creating learning content on It´s Learning, the LMS in my work organisation, which I came to think about after the webinar with Sara Mörtsell on the second week of this course. I usually encourage my students to not only be active learners but also to share their knowledge with others. Well, I should myself  be improving my skills on that point and I think that the JISC guide on developing digital literacies will be of great use to me in that aspect. I see that have many things to learn and will keep on wondering..



David White: Visitors and residents (part 1) http://youtu.be/sPOG3iThmRI

Developing digital literacies (2014) JISC guide.

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




  1. Hi Erica. I can definitely resonate with your feeling that you can relate with the scenario that we analyzed. It put words to the way I feel at the moment. I guess as we progress through this course it will all fall in place and we will find our place in the digital world. Let’s have faith. 😊


  2. Some interesting “food for thought” here…I think one thing to keep in mind is that digital literacies are context-based, and will determine how you view your place / space on the resident-visitor continuum. Where I believe “I fit” will be based on my online activities as I prioritize them, yet someone else may place greater or lesser importance on these same activities…


  3. Thanks for sharing! Yes, trying something new sometimes is a bit scary – with all we hear about how the web is used in destructive ways… If you look at your own visitor/resident situation at the beginning of the course and compare it to what it looks like towards the end, I’m sure you will see that some things have changed and some have not. Venturing out to explore what you like and dislike, thinking about how this can be used in your everyday life and in your work inevitably will change some things – and most of all make you able to make better choices?!


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