Digital Resident or Digital Visitor?

Forget Prensky’s old Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant classification – as far back as 2010 White and Le Cornu re-examined and rephrased our online behaviours in a more nuanced and accurate way – as a continuum. Subsequently, JISC (2015) have released a simple set of questions by which we can assess our own online behaviours:


Are you entirely Resident (or Visitor)? Or, where would you position yourself on the spectrum? Is that the same for your personal and professional life?

Update – The 6 PLN Activity Areas

Here is the updated graphic explaining the different activities we undertake through our PLNs. I decided to add Gaming/Hobbies/Sports as a separate activity and move some actions to different areas – in line with previous research and logic.

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Note: there are 2 errors in the first graphic, section ‘Searching and Browsing’:- Going to the library….etc should not be included, and Job hunting should be online only.

The first graphic is for device-mediated acvtivities and the second for face-2-face/offline activities.

As always, all thoughts, comments or additions welcome.

Peer Learning example from Designing Your Research Project MOOC on Futruelearn

This was a useful post made by one of the students on the MOOC concerning: Digital Literacies — Information Literacies — Searching Literacy.

Many other coursemates (and the odd mentor!) were able to learn something from this student. I found suggestion 7 especially useful.

“For literature searching, there are many strategies;

1) Use Boolean operator like AND, OR, NOT
2) Use Bracket like ( Digital AND Literacy ) AND Government..
3) Use File type like literacy:pdf
4) Use wildcard e.g. Literacy*
5) use quotation e.g. “literacy”
6) use keyword of topic then search synonyms and then apply Boolean operators.
7) Use domain or site. e.g Digital Literacy Site: .edu

in which you can search website with name of literacy in education sector.

8) you can use URL e.g InURL: Literacy

9) If you want to search literacy in any website then type


10) if you want to see literacy in title of any journal then you can type

ti stand for Title

similary many short form used in brackets;

ab stand for abstract
tw stand for text word”

Feel free to add any more good ideas, even if you think they are a bit old or that everyone knows them. It all helps!


I was lucky enough to hear Anne-Marie Imafidon speak at the EDULEARN16 conference in Barcelona in July and Martha Lane-Fox at the WWW2016 Conference in Montreal in April. I was also able to talk with both inspirational speakers after their keynotes were finished.

From these talks and subsequent chats it became clear to me that the Doteveryone organisation is a vital and very interesting set of intiatives which include, among others, the:

50/50 strand – which aims to fix the gender gap in technology

Doteveryone Campus – which aims to network interested partners for transformational change

and importantly for me,

Digital Skills – which has a focus on developing digital literacies and Powering Up MPs (both topics close to my heart)

I really hope that I will be able to be involved with this work at some stage (as opposed to a keen supporter) and advise anyone reading this post with the energy, skills and knowledge to help the organisation to check out the links above and get involved.

A Socio-technical Approach to Higher Education design

I’ve been developing some ideas and principles around the concept of a Socio-Technical Approach to education – specifically UK Higher Education. These ideas are still in development, so any thoughts or comments you may have would be gratefully received.

I have attempted to outline (in fairly over-simplified terms) this approach in the graphic below.

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EDULEARN16 (IATED Conference)- Barcelona 4-6th July

I will soon have the pleasure (and nerves!) of presenting our work with the ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module (University of Southampton) at the IATED EDULEARN16 Conference, the 8th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies.

My presentation slot is on Tuesday 5th at 10.30am in the Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments strand in room H2.

The accompanying paper will be available through Google Scholar and the Conference Proceedings.

An earlier draft can be viewed here:


Single vs Multiple Digital Identities

Having been inspired and educated by Holly and Melina this week, I have produced an infographic using to summarise the advantages and disadvantages of a single or multiple online identities:


The presentation in which it was used can be found here. In the same presentation I shamelessly ‘borrowed’ the videos which featured in Shriya‘s blog! Thank you to all #uosm2008 for the inspiration.

Living and Working on the Web Module, University of Southampton

Here is a simple graphic to explain the Learning Process students undertake on this module and the poster to accompany it. This module incorporates many features of PLN and Digital Literacies development in a highly innovative way (see graphic).

The Collaborative Social Learning Cycle InnovationInHE-SocCollLearnPoster-v7

It has been well received by the students, according to their blog posts and official module feedback. They report it as being highly engaging, very real-world relevant and that the learning approach (collaborative co-construction of knowledge) is different, interesting and enjoyable.

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