We are teaming up with the good folks at Education Technology Services (ETS) to try out using blogs, or you might want to consider it your own personal content management space on the web, as a way of integrating, engaging, and other gerunds your SHC and Penn State experience. The idea is to provide a place where you can bring together your thoughts, images, and ideas that develop as you move through your time at Penn State and the SHC. This place (or “space” as folks now like to call it) is also a forum where others can see what you are thinking and respond to it, engage with it, and appreciate it.
For example, in addition to the courses that you take at Penn State there are all sorts of programs and activities that we expect you to take advantage of while you are a student. You may study abroad for one semester or do an internship with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You might attend one our special guest lectures, last year we had Peter Bergen, terrorism analyst from CNN, speak about terrorism and the US response. During and after any of these events you would post a reflection, pictures from your time abroad, or simply keep a diary of what you are doing. In doing so we would simply ask you to think about these experiences (loosely) within the framework of the mission of the SHC. How did this event challenge me to think about the world from another perspective? Was it a chance for me to learn leadership skills? Did the speaker bring up ethical concerns about journalism that had never occurred to me before? I think you get the idea.
So, here is the deal: We are looking for a few people to start this whole project. We want to see where you all take it, there are no parameters set up and our expectations are simply participation. Give it a try and give us your feedback. We will have a few dinner get togethers over the course of the year meeting with ETS staff and honors faculty to get your feedback, see how you think it is going, and to consider how this might grow and develop in the future. There may be one or two other perks along the way… This will be an open project, so all the blogs will be freely accessible to the public (this is where you begin your journey towards becoming a “public intellectual!”) and will be hosted through http://blogs.psu.edu/. More information on getting started can be found at the Blogs at Penn State page, but remember any Penn State student can have a blog! So if you do not apply or are not selected for this program it doesn’t mean that you can’t go ahead and start your own blog! By all means do so, PSU makes it easy for you so sign up today!
Final word: If you are interested please post a reply to this message on the blog and please do so by August 8th. Be sure to use your PSU email address when you leave your comment and once we select our group we will be in touch with everyone.