During the semester you will “track” something about one of your behaviours. This can be of pretty much any nature from reading habits to coffee drinking to exercise to social media data.
The important thing is that you maintain your updates and include them in your process posts.
Tracking sites or applications have a private element, in that the information you choose to enter can be for your private use only. You can also choose to make your information public and compare and contrast behaviours or actions with others in a similar demographic.
Tracking is a way to self-reflect. Creating a public tracking profile may impact how you actually record your data. For example, if your data entries are public, do you tailor them to fit an image you want to project? And if so, how does that affect the legitimacy of your self-reflection? Of what benefit is tracking to you if you are not accurately recording data?
Tracking works best if you maintain a schedule for updating the information and stick to it. You want to be able to see trends and use the data collected for self-reflection. The regularity for posting information will depend on the type of tracking you choose to do.
In the first tutorial, you will be asked to discuss which tracking app you have selected and give a brief summary of your choice. Be sure to either create a page or provide a link on your website to your weekly tracking information.
This element of the course will be assessed based on the completeness of your tracking (i.e.: regularity), and the comprehensiveness of your updates.
You can choose your own personal tracking applications. Use it consistently over the semester and periodically review your behaviours and reflect on how, if at all, your behaviour has changed based on the data you collect and analyze. Please let Ariel or Suzanne know the app you choose as soon as possible. Please enter the link here.
- Buhr, Sarah. 2014, August 7. This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See. TechCrunch. http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/07/this-guy-tracks-everything-about-himself-and-puts-it-up-online-for-everyone-to-see/?ncid=rss&cps=gravity
- Wolf, Gary. 2010, June. The quantified self. TED. https://www.ted.com/talks/gary_wolf_the_quantified_self
- matei1987. 2014, August 19. What happens when you graduate college and get a real job. Data Is Beautiful SubReddit. http://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/2dzleh/what_happens_when_you_graduate_college_and_get_a/