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Wednesday, June 8 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Pre-conference: Mindfulness and Mapping of Digital Practice: The Visitors and Residents Workshop

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Pre-conference featuring our keynote speaker, Donna Lanclos, at Westminster College Alumni House. Additional advanced registration was required for the pre-conference. To check if you are registered for the pre-conference or for questions about the provided transportation between University of Utah housing and Westminster, contact Emily Swanson (eswanson@westminstercollege.edu) or Amy Kelly (akelly@westminstercollege.edu).

Workshop Description:

Visitors & Residents – the concept
Visitors and Residents is a way of describing the range of ways we engage with the Web. In particular, V+R encourages us to think about the social traces (rather than data traces) that we leave online. In Visitor mode, you might access an online resource in a purely instrumental way, i.e. simply to get some information. In Resident mode, you view the web as a series of spaces or places; you engage with people – not just with information. As a Resident you typically have a profile, and at the extreme end of residency you are visible to others on the open web, i.e. you will show up in search results (e.g. your Twitter profile, your blog, etc.).

We are never wholly Visitors or Residents, however. Our behaviour depends on our choices and our context, i.e. what we are doing and with whom. V+R is a continuum. Somewhere in the middle of these two poles, Visitor and Resident, is where a lot of online activity happens – behavior which is “resident in character but within bounded communities”, i.e. resident behaviour which is not visible on the open web. This would include interactions within Facebook groups, within members-only wikis or discussion forums, or in module discussion boards within VLEs, for example.

V+R mapping
Visitors & Residents mapping is a useful exercise for “making the virtual visible”, and thus for reflection. The metaphor helps us to talk about the digital as a space or a place: “the web is a place where we do stuff… mapping helps make it more visible.” In this workshop we will map our practices to spark discussion around the implications of the digital, not just as a set of tools, but a series of spaces in which teaching, learning, and other social interactions can and do take place.


  • Participants see their peers’ online engagement and reflect on their practice.
  • Starting point for thinking about future activities around engaging students/staff online, open practice, digital capability, credibility of online sources etc.
  • Participants leave with a clear idea of the areas of their own online practice they intend to develop further, and why.
  • The workshop can be used as a starting point to explore areas such as Digital Literacy and Digital Leadership at an institutional level, going on to inform policy/strategy.

Links from Pre-conference:

Wednesday June 8, 2016 12:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Westminster College Alumni House 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City