Using ‘Visitors and Residents’ to visualise digital practices


  • David S. White University of The Arts
  • Alison Le Cornu Copia Associates.



Digital, Engagement, Mapping, Education


‘Visitors and Residents’ is a continuum of modes of engagement which has been well established as a valuable way of understanding how individuals engage online. This paper discusses how the original metaphor of Visitors and Residents has been developed into a mapping process which helps individuals to visualise, and reflect on, the digital tools and places they use or spend time in. The paper explores ways that the Visitors and Residents work has developed and proposes a method of analysing a body of maps through ‘engagement genres’ to discover broader trends in behaviour across groups.

Author Biographies

David S. White, University of The Arts

David White is Head of Digital Learning in the Teaching and Learning Exchange at the University of the Arts, London. He researches online learning practices in both informal and formal contexts. David has led and been an expert consultant on numerous studies around the use of technology for learning in the UK higher education sector.


Alison Le Cornu, Copia Associates.

Alison Le Cornu is a self-employed Consultant in Academic Practice based in Oxford, UK. She specialises in the practice and research of flexible, part-time, online and adult education, often as applied to the subject discipline of theology. Alison has a strong background in staff and educational development, and is a qualified coach and mentor. 





How to Cite

White, D. S., & Le Cornu, A. (2017). Using ‘Visitors and Residents’ to visualise digital practices. First Monday, 22(8).