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Virtually at home where others are visiting…

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This post is inspired by Catherine Cronin’s blogpost on a workshop at her campus mapping the visitor/resident terrain, and a tweet I noticed a few days ago by Jade Davis about how that language (and the one before it by Prensky’s natives/immigrants) had colonial undertones (well said, Jade!)

Following my tweeting of Catherine’s post, and a Twitter convo that ensued in which Catherine included Dave and Donna in response to questions by Dilrukshi – and it sort of evolved into something that got me thinking…

This image of quadrants with some tools (meant to be personal, so one person might feel more “at home” with one place or another; may be using it institutionally or personally or both) is one taken from Catherine’s blog, one of David White’s (an example, I suppose).

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(Disclaimer: i am a “visitor” to the visitor/resident concept; heard of it a while ago and did not revise my understanding before writing this)

So I created my own version coz i don’t feel i am at home by tool, but by use of tool… I am comfy w facebook but check it more regularly for rhizo14 than to socialize; things like that.

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But also i realized something else: the personal-institutional continuum is problematic; there is a personal/professional blurry divide; and we also belong to multiple institutions – e.g. My university vs Hybridped for me, and i don’t officially belong to Hybridped in the sense i am not on its payroll or editorial board (but am on editorial board of others, one where i feel at home and the other visitor) and yet i have the column which is a monthly “commitment” of sorts.

The whole exercise helped me reflect again on the colonialism angle. How unwelcome ppl often feel as “visitors” (face it) when we are residents somewhere and they’re not – how faculty might feel when I am training them on something they’ve never used before, how it feels when we first start living in another country. Sure, sometimes it’s our home and they are friendly tourists, curious and we are welcoming. Sometimes tourists looking into our stuff feel intrusive. I feel quite uncomfortable, for example, this run of fedwiki where i am not really participating on the fedwiki but contributing to the googlegroup emails occasionally. Do others who don’t know me from before, from the previous fedwiki or elsewhere, do they find me intrusive?
Kinda like Texans think Mexicans are illegal immigrants to their land?

Ok…. Then again there are spaces where i am just less comfy.

I realized that basically i participate better in a MOOC if its main space, the most busy space, is one where i am comfy. Twitter and blogs mainly, tho for rhizo14 it was facebook. Places more busy on any LMS or google+ i can’t fully engage with because i never got around to residing there and… How many spaces can you occupy at any one time anyway?

Reminds me of sthg Dave Cormier raised: how many communities can you commit to at one time?

Which makes me realize why I am having trouble fully engaging with new hashtags and cMOOCs like #humanMOOC – too overloaded w #rhizo14 plus upcoming #et4online plus Hybridped stuff… And then there’s actual work and actual life in the 3rd dimension πŸ™‚ and time is linear, so… πŸ™‚

Anyway I like the mapping exercise and would like to use it in a workshop. Reminds me of one i learned via #octel last year and used in a workshop… Not on this device πŸ™‚ I’ll post it later πŸ™‚

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