My earliest memories revolve around family and books. My mother laughingly tells me that my first word was “book”, my second was “what” and thus began my never-ending quest to learn more about the amazing world around me. Whether my mother’s story is true or not, it is indicative that my obsession with learning began early, and that obsession has continued on into middle-age. I have often joked, if only they would pay me to go to school.
Thankfully, my love of reading made learning on my own possible even while I have not always been able to afford formal classes. The growth of technology in my lifetime, however, has exponentially increased the avenues available to life-long learners to educate themselves through both formal and informal means. The proliferation of online educational opportunities and technology tools has necessitated an examination of the methods used to both learn and access that learning.
This blog was created to fulfill a requirement for Assessment in E-Learning, the second of five required classes in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. As a life-long learner, I am prone to constantly reflect upon my learning experiences, but up unto this point, I had never utilized blog technology to chronicle my thinking and learning. As both a learner and educator, I firmly believe that reflection is an important part of the learning process, as it gives a learner the opportunity to assess his or her own understanding. While I am a bit apprehensive about putting my reflections “out there” for all the world to see, I also look upon blogging as yet another “Learning Adventure.”