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What’s this all about?

Welcome!

My name is Alison Link, and I started this blog as a reflective space while I was finishing up my M.A. in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching & Learning at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  I now work as an academic technologist for the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.  These facts may give context to some of my reflections here, but please recognize that the opinions expressed in this blog are my own, and do not in any way reflect the official views of my institution.

This blog started as an alternative to more traditional “reflective assignments” I’ve done in the past, and as an invitation to others to help me engage in a broader discussion surrounding learning. Where can we find learning? What does it feel like? Where does the motivation to learn come from–and what can stop it in its tracks? How can I make sure I learn something every day, and how will I know when it’s happened?  I’ve got a slew of questions and have come to realize that my learning experiences are so embedded and interrelated that it’s impossible to sum them up in discrete reflections or essays or logs. I’m trying this medium instead.

A confession: It actually makes me pretty nervous to throw my reflective learning out into a public space, but the potential to connect with people in a novel way or get pulled into a conversation I otherwise would never have makes it feel worth the risk. And if nobody reads it, then this blog is basically just a diary that I don’t have to worry about locking up and stashing under the mattress. Either way, it’s worth it.

Oh, and I’m calling this blog “Inquire With” for two reasons:

1) I wanted to go with the totally cliché “Inquire Within”, but that domain name was already taken. (Thanks for nothing, WordPress!) I think this is karma’s way of telling me to get out of my own head and look around a little more. I’ll do my best to take karma’s advice on this one.

2) “Inquire With” underscores the idea that learning is a collaborative activity. I’ve got some vain hopes that a few people might want to comment or add to the discussion in some way, so hopefully the title is an invitation for participation! Please–add your wisdom or your wackiness! I’ll very much appreciate it.

Thanks,

Alison

alink@umn.edu

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