There is a course that just began at the the University of Edinburgh on “E-learning and Digital Cultures“. It is a very interesting course that requires all students to create and maintain a Lifestream.
Here’s a snippet from the outline of the course content
The course will be organised in three blocks. Learning activities throughout will focus on maintenance of an online ‘commonplace book’ using lifestreaming technology (see assessment), on group blogging, asynchronous discussion, twitter tutorials and text chat. You will develop one online visual artefact (block 1) and one ethnographic ‘story’ using an online application of your choice (block 2), in addition to the final assignment.
A PDF of the course guide can be found here.
There is a dedicated website for the course that provides information on course assignments and other interesting posts such as this one on “Lifestream: Curation or Chaos“? From the home page of the blog you see a list of all the course participants with links to each of their Lifestreams. The sidebar of the site also provides recent tweets about the course which are identified by a custom hashtag.
I really enjoyed poking around the site, looking at the articles as well as the Lifestreams created by the students. It appears that each of them were provided with their own instance of WordPress where they could choose their own theme and utilized the WordPress Lifestream plugin to create their Lifestreams.
(sample of some of the student Lifestreams)
A while back I wrote about a course at IUPUI which also utilized Lifestreaming but not quite to the degree of this course at Edinburgh. It’s both exciting and interesting to see how Lifestreaming is making its way into the curricular of colleges internationally. I’m sure this trend will continue and expand even further in the future.