Lifestream summary: week 7

Lifestream summary: week 7

This week has been comprised of four key activities:

  1. completing my own mini-autoethnography: this submission has generated the most responses from my peers and I’ve been thinking about why that might be. It’s a video – is that format more engaging than some of the other media I’ve used? I submitted it fairly early on in our weekly cycle so the forum was less crowded with submissions. It contains some insights into my personal life. As I reflected in my response to Chenée’s comment*, I’m not really sure how I feel about this context collapse, but I recognise that the personal is of interest.
  2. responding to comments on my submission; the dialogue around the netnography has stimulated more thoughts and ideas about to how to approach the final assignment.
  3. commenting on others’ netnographies; I intend to continue to do more of this over the coming days. As well as offering insightful commentaries on the MOOCs, the submissions also offer a variety of creative approaches to using a range of tools. I particularly liked Eli’s use of Adobe Spark and Myles’ use of Padlet.
  4. and, in light of James’ mid-course reflections on my lifestream, revisiting some blog posts and adding more reflective metadata to them: amended posts can be found herehere, here and here. The new content within these posts is orange. In terms of reflecting on and consolidating what I’ve produced already, and in beginning to think about the final assignment, this was a useful exercise to undertake.

*’I had to be pushed by my partner to include the personal images: it sits uncomfortably with me to blend my private space with this public one (I know that this is something which you reflected on in your own lifestream (http://edc17.education.ed.ac.uk/cpsaros/2017/01/30/performativity-and-collapse-of-context-in-an-educational-space-week-2/)) but he felt that I needed to reference why the medium of the MOOC wasn’t working to deliver the sort of mindful experiences which I get from other areas of my life. I think it works but I still feel a little uneasy about this ‘collapse of context’.’ from http://edc17.education.ed.ac.uk/hwalker/2017/03/01/mscedc-mooc-ethnography-looking-forward-to-seeing-everyones-work-this-week-mscedc-httpst-co1mfqw68qb0/

2 thoughts on “Lifestream summary: week 7

  1. Hello Helen, great summary here.

    And that’s great that you’ve been able to put the mid-point feedback intro practice straight away. Thanks for the use of orange text: that was really thoughtful and, in a prolific lifestream blog, guided me towards the new content.

    ‘commenting on others’ netnographies; I intend to continue to do more of this over the coming days. As well as offering insightful commentaries on the MOOCs, the submissions also offer a variety of creative approaches to using a range of tools. I particularly liked Eli’s use of Adobe Spark and Myles’ use of Padlet.’

    This is interesting: it suggests that the character – the make-up – of your lifestream was at least partly influenced by a desire to explore new digital resources that you might try out.

    More broadly, the shape of your lifestream seems to have been heavily influenced by the sharing of the micro-ethnographies, as you touch on. In the coming weeks it might be interesting in these summaries to reflect upon how the subject matter and course design for a particular week has an impact in influencing the variety of content in your lifestream.

    When the time is right, let me know if you want to chat around ideas for the final assignment: or indeed you can very validly explore them here in your blog (although if you want my thoughts do send me an e-mail just in case I overlook it). There’s no rush on this though as there’s time set aside towards the end of the course to think and talk through assignment ideas.

    As something of an aside, bearing in mind the challenges you encountered around your micro-ethnography, it’s great to see that it has been picked up by so many of the group (18 comments and counting!).

    Great work, Helen.

    1. Hello James,

      Thanks for your feedback on last week’s summary and for giving me a useful focus for the coming weeks (how subject matter/course design impacts on the variety of content in my lifestream). I hadn’t considered this necessary interconnection, but I’ll be sure to bear it in mind as I continue my reflections over the coming weeks.

      Helen

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