OMG! You have a Website!

Why have your own website? Well, here are a few possible reasons:

You may want to share your research or current project work
Robin DeRosa is professor at Plymouth State University, and the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

You may want to share your thinking about the academic landscape.
Jon Becker is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.

You may want to share your course content.
Lisa Lane is a faculty member at MiraCosta Community College.

You may want to create a space for students to share the work they do.
Jane Van Galen is a retired faculty from University of Washington, Bothell.

You may want to make your resume more visible.
Alisa Cooper is a faculty at Glendale Community College.

In some ways, we all have our own website, it just is not really tied together in one place. Maybe we use LinkedIn for our professional presence. Maybe Facebook for various types of communications. We have Flickr for our photos, Spotify for our music, and a host of other apps or sites that store information we use. They are located in different places, hosted by different companies, and often only provide a single snapshot of who we are and what we do.

These days, you can choose to craft a space on the internet that allows you to choose what goes where, how much of it is used, and what it looks like when someone sees it. You can sort of funnel in all of your tools into one space.

But the web offers the opportunity to do far more than just collect all your stuff in one place.

It is a place you can create ideas and share them. You can write about the work you do. You can write about the things that are important to you. You can wonder about your work, your craft, your life, in words and images. And that is important.

We need people willing to share the good work they do. Their failures, and successes. That is how we learn. How to you share your best ideas about teaching with your colleagues? How often do you share those ideas? Are you often asked to share your recent discoveries about students learning? Should you be asked?

I’ll ask. Please share the good work you do with your colleagues. 

In almost fifteen years of working with faculty I have certainly realized that faculty listen to other faculty and they learn from other faculty. In this day and age, it is important that we help one another improve our skills as educators and we can do that in meetings, in the hallways, and in workshops. The web allows us one more venue to share our work and it is a venue that is not location-based or restrained by time. Those qualities make it a space that can be easily accessed and it can create the opportunity to learn from others. Sounds familiar, right? We call it “online learning” or “online classes” or “hybrid courses.”

Over the years, I have tried to share some ideas about my work and the amazing educators I get to work with. You can see that on my website. So yes, OMG, I have a website!