LifeStreaming

[Need a general OV of it here - Wikipedia, but find some other commenting, too.]

At it's root, LifeStreaming uses RSS to aggregate a user's online activity in one place. For instance, activities on social sites, image uploads, twitter updates, social bookmarking, as well as Facebook updates, Last.fm and Yelp searches, Netflix and Amazon Wishlist activity can all be gathered and posted to a WP site. Life, in this case, isn't just entertainment nor work but both, Another option is less automatic. Users can cruise through their own online activities and use curatorial software to collect and annotate selected data.

What is it good for? U Edinburgh casts LifeStreaming as 21st century version of keeping a commonplace book. They even see a use of LifeStreaming during a course as a means of assessment. It does keep everything you're interested in tracking together in one place, and so becomes a sort of day diary - in the old sense of things recording the day's movements and events, with minimal commentary. A record to reflect on, muse over, get nostalgic about.

But the good stuff starts when you start detecting patterns in the data. That takes time, and good aggregation can help capture those patterns. [more]

The stream isn't necessarily for anyone but the subject of the stream, but that's not a reason not to collect the data.

LifeStreaming and Learning

Ad hoc aggregation of activity lets others in a learning cohort see what everyone is doing.

U Edinburgh's use of LifeStreaming for learning and assessment is interesting: pp 7ff of their pdf course guide: http://www.malts.ed.ac.uk/staff/sian/pdfs/edc_0910_final.pdf

Here's a lifestream curated by Sarah as part of the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh: http://digitalculture-ed.net/sarahp/sarahs-lifestream/, and her comments on reviewing and assessing her stream: http://digitalculture-ed.net/sarahp/2009/12/13/lifestream-summary/

One thing Sarah touches on in her refection is that a lifestream is not an objective recording of everything engaged in. The streamer can game the stream by posting stuff that is only glanced at and not engaged in any meaningful way. The streamer can edit the stream after the fact to shift emphasis. Not much different than padding a portfolio or a resume. The presentation of the stream remains in the streamer's hands - as does the interpretation of the data. But LifeStreaming can also place unnecessary pressure on the streamer to collect and gather just to show that they are doing something. When collected automatically, LifeStreaming collapses downtime into nothing. Not a good thing for assessment, unless downtime is written in to the criteria.

Some comments on streaming and curation: http://digitalculture-ed.net/?p=432

LifeStreaming Software

A how to and a list of software.

There are a few LifeStreaming plug ins for WP available. Have a search. One example

Lifestream 1.0 displays your social feeds and photos much like you would see it on many of the social networking sites. This version is taken from the Github Source after changes have been made. Homepage: http://www.enthropia.com/labs/wp-lifestream/ By David Cramer .





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