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Fitness and Social Learning

I have been interested in the Quantified Self for about 3 years now, measuring whatever could be measured in an effort to see how I can improve it. One of the most common things to measure is how many steps you take, using a pedometer. I bought a fancy pedometer that also measures how much you toss and turn at night. Then I got three friends to buy the same thing.

I found that we spurred each other on, in a friendly competition. This social aspect is exploited in many online games, but not enough learning websites.

Garmin Vivosmart, if you must know
Garmin Vivosmart, if you must know

My tracker broke, and I have been shopping for a new one. Just pre-ordered a brand new one with many more features (measures my cycling too, works as a wristwatch, is water resistant, and measures my heart rate). It even helps me find my lost smartphone.

I agonized over this decision until I found that through an intermediary web site, I could swap data with my friends and their “old” trackers. Now I will be able to have the best of both worlds.

Mozilla’s Open Badges could be considered like that intermediary website, providing a standard that can cross platforms. I can’t think of many others. Is there a place where Moodle and Blackboard and Sakai users can measure themselves against each other? Wouldn’t that be nice?

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  1. First time I’ve heard the term Quantified Self. I wonder how much data the new Apple Watch can generate. I also wonder whether it will be on Facebook or an entirely new platform where everybody will go to challenge their friends as wearable device ownership picks up speed.

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