Last week we had the official summer break. We celebrated the end of the year with a light lunch, plenty of chats about exams, graduations and holidays. We also had a little game in the manner of SADL, which gave everyone something to take away – a handy tool to help drawing a digital footprint map. The following is what Alex had to say about the exercise:
LSE SADL – Digital Visitors and Residents Workshop
In today’s SADL workshop, we were introduced to the Digital Visitor & Resident (V&R) model. The V&R model helps us appreciate how we interact with different methods of technology and how we can be classed as “Visitors” and “Residents”. When people use a tool that is associated with the visitor mode, this means that they may only use the tool (such as visiting Moodle) solely to collect information with little interaction with the website itself. Yet, in contrast, when people use a tool that is associated with the resident mode, then people are interacting with other people and come here more for a ‘social’ interaction.
To explore this in depth, we created a visual map of how we (as SADL ambassadors) interacted with different online services. This was done by plotting each online service that was used along a scale of “Residence and Visitors” and “Personal and Institutional”. This process was stimulating as it was good to take a step back from our normal online activities and to understand the extent to which we personally interact with these services. By creating the map, it was significant for me as I noted how we do not always need to act either as a “Visitor” or “Resident”, but rather, this model should be viewed as a continuum. For instance, in my map, I noted how Facebook, even as used as a residential tool, both was within the personal and institutional category due to the fact that I have joined LSE specific groups whilst also having a personal interaction with it.
One point that I came away with from this task was the questioning the extent to which it is possible to be off the scale on the map (i.e. is it possible to be anonymous). However, thinking about this, even for users who may not login to services at all, they will still be classed as a “Visitor” on this model. Therefore, perhaps it is not possible to be completely anonymous whilst we are using online services. By Alex D’Arcy