Friday, September 30, 2005
Welcome to this blog. It's an experiment. I feel that students in our program are too isolated. Isolated from both each other and from interaction with faculty outside of the formal class experience. The purpose of this blog is to encourage interaction--the exchange of ideas, the discussion of problems, brainstorming solutions. Another goal is creating institutional memory. Each of us bring a unique set of experiences, abilities, and interests to the program. Yet, as things now exist, there is little capacity built into the system for people to learn from others' experiences in any meaningful way outside the classroom. I hope we can change that. This blog is a first attempt to do so. I'm a pragmatist, so if this doesn't work it's back to the drawing board. But I have high hopes that this will prove to be a great tool for all of us to use over the coming years.