Emails – Mid Course Feedback and How To Add Variety To My Life Stream


I definitely will be trying out some new note taking tools in the next block given the paucity of my social media usage. Will try and reflect on the experience of using said app as well.

As for playing with algorithms I realise that I have done that a lot when using music software. I may well do a post on this for example:


Hi Daniel,


Apologies for the delay in replying, I did read your email on Tuesday, but it quickly got lost in my inbox!


Firstly, absolutely fine for this email thread to go into your lifestream.


I completely understanding if you are not much of a social media user. However, the ‘variety’ of feeds is part of the assessment criteria, so we need to mark your lifestream accordingly. Having said that, you are showing real strengths in the other criterion, so that will help to balance things out.


To be clear, you are not doing badly in terms of variety, but do try to keep using the various feeds you’ve mentioned consistently. I would also say here that you don’t have to think of feeds purely in terms of social media. Note taking apps, something like Evernote ( would be great. I’d also recommend trying a bookmarking app, something like Pocket (, which would allow you to record website you are visiting. If you are doing lots of reading around the web related to the course, this is a really excellent way of documenting that work in your lifestream.


Hope that helps, happy to discuss some more ideas for feeds


All the best



Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course: Contaminating the Subject of Global Education


Dr Jeremy Knox

Lecturer in Digital Education

Centre for Research in Digital Education

University of Edinburgh

+44 131 651 6347




From: JACKSON Daniel <>
Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 at 11:24
To: KNOX Jeremy <>
Subject: RE: EDC – mid lifestream blog feedback


Hi Jeremy,


I am conscious that there are not a lot of feeds on my blog. I think this reflects how I engage with Digital Culture in my life in general. As a course secretary I am obliged to be at my office desk, on-line with my emails open 35 hours a week. As a Warden I have to run the facebook group for the halls I am responsible for. I didn’t think the output from either of these activities would be appropriate for the life stream.


Because of the amount of enforced screen time I tend to try and spend as little time as possible using digital devices out of work. I don’t have a smartphone or any personal profiles on any social networking sites and mainly spend my time practicing drums or reading. I have a linked in profile and a tumblr but have not updated either of them for some time. My twitter profile was created for the sake of showing the university Careers Office that I could use social media. I was applying for a job with them at the time. After not getting the job I didn’t use it again until this course started.


So bar Soundcloud and liking every music video I listen to at work I am struggling to think of what I could add. I have the suspicion that I would add things and then have to consciously decide to use them in order to have something show in the life stream rather than having it happen spontaneously.


I suppose I could experiment with different note taking apps as I do the readings for the new block.





p.s. would you mind if this email chain went in my lifestream? Very reflexive.


From: KNOX Jeremy
Sent: 27 February 2017 21:52
To: JACKSON Daniel <>
Subject: EDC – mid lifestream blog feedback


Hi Daniel,


Please find your mid lifestream blog feedback below, which we are sending out this week instead of week 6 summary comments. Very happy to discuss any of this further.



Your feeds are mostly from Twitter, and with some from Flickr, YouTube, and Soundcloud. This is the main area to focus on as we enter the second week of the course. I would think about expanding the variety of feeds – tweets are very dominant in your lifestream just now, so it would be good to add some different feeds, and think about alternative ways of demonstrating your engagement with the course.



All of your weekly lifestream summaries are in place so far, and these have been consistently well written, summarising your lifestream activity succinctly, and demonstrating a high level of engagement with the task. The soundtracks are superb additions to the later ones, and great to see this continuation of the musical links in the course.


(Knowledge and Understanding)

You’ve chosen to blog quite extensively over the course, and this is allowing you to demonstrate a really strong sense of scholarly engagement with the course themes, and critical understanding of some of the key issues.


Overall, your blog is shaping up really well Daniel, showing a really creative approach, which is just what we want to see on this course. However, do bear in mind my suggestions for varied feeds.


All the best for now


Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course: Contaminating the Subject of Global Education


Dr Jeremy Knox

Lecturer in Digital Education

Centre for Research in Digital Education

University of Edinburgh

+44 131 651 6347


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