What would you say… you do here?
Q: Uh, who the heck are you?
A: As I said, I’m Jess. I live in Lansing, Michigan with my delightful spouse and two delightful if challenging dogs. I am the Head of LX Research and Professional Development at the Michigan State University (MSU) Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, a design unit focused on changing the way MSU views itself (and operates as) a learning institution. Our projects range from large-scale campus initiatives to smaller-scale design studios. We focus on digital learning – but to us that’s just “learning” as all students learning in today’s university are impacted by digital spaces in one way or another, be it intentionally or unintentionally. Isn’t it? How might we best acknowledge these changes and the differences in how we are impacted by them? We’ll discuss this more at length on Twitter and right here as we proceed through this month of magic.
Q: Are you even qualified for this ish?
A: Yes. And thank you (?) for asking. I hold a doctorate in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, and have been employed in digital sectors in higher education and the private sector since 1999. For those of you following along at home, that’s a long time. I make Karate Kid references in 2019 and can’t figure it out when people don’t get them. Also, I guess take a look at the image accompanying this post. Office Space. 1999.
Q: What the heck is LX Research?
A: At its core, I research understanding. How do we interact with the world around us? How does that impact our learning? How do others understand those impacts? Do they? What should we be measuring, and how can we use the data around us to inform, design and, co-create more inclusive, intentional experiences? Here’s a little more on LX.
Q: What are we going to talk about this month?
A: You may have noticed I ask a lot of questions. I always have. I can’t watch a simple television show without having my phone or iPad at the ready so I can research the questions I have as I watch. My favorite hobby is history – and it manifests in watching documentaries and finding the inconsistencies in research and storytelling. History is a construct, you know? But, I digress. This month, we’ll be talking about inquiry, and how asking questions can open opportunities and allow us to embrace, re-mix, and challenge the world around us. I may sound Utopian. I’m not. But I do believe in the magic that happens when people come together and talk. When they share and analyze, support and critique, agree and disagree. This is the alchemy of the digital age.
Q: What do I do next?
A: If you haven’t already, follow @SqdGlsNtwrk on Twitter. Click here to read some of the stories posted from the Squad Goals Network and, if you’re inspired to do so, click here to share your own! Join us for the SquadGoalsNetwork Salon on February 7 at 8:30 PM. Kind of like family at the Olive Garden (the OG, if you will) if you’re here, you’re squad. Welcome. We like you.