I have to admit that I am a very hands-on kind of person. Becoming fluent with blogging and Facebook has not been an easy task for me. When Julie Prichard and I first started working together I wanted to just be the "idea" person, not onscreen and especially not looking at the camera! I am really good with being in front of an actual audience or class full of students, but cyber people was just plain weird to me. How would I be able to read their eyes or see their questions in their body movements? Anyhow, Julie eased me into it and I got over that. Then she pushed me to blog more and make FB pages. Once the classes we do on The Land of Lost Luggage got up and running I found that the interactions within our forums were like private tutelage. We got to "know" our students work, their hesitations, their strengths. Pretty soon it was clear that some of these students were our colleagues and we were learning from each other. The questions asked within an online class gave us pause, created new ideas, and helped us to solve and resolve issues for others.
I want to give a shout out to all of you who have been taking classes with us and tell you that you have made me grow and learn as an instructor. You have helped me move pass my own limitations and find new avenues to explore. Best of all I count a number of you as friends and colleagues and I celebrate your contributions to the world of mixed media. The interactions you provide keep me focused on my own growth while I work to foster the growth of others. You keep me reaching for new techniques, new ways of seeing things. I applaud you today.