Who are you, and what do you like to learn about? (academically, professionally, and/or personally)

I am a Wheelock student, and I like to learn about social justice. I realized this after my first few weeks in the MSW program. I find it so interesting to learn about how unlevel the playing field is for people of different race, class and gender, and what the root causes of that are.

What hardware do you use to learn? (Eg. smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop)

I mostly use my laptop (Macbook Pro) for school work, but I also use my iPhone for things like surfing the internet and social media.

What software do you use to learn? (Eg. search engines, mobile apps, social networks, eBooks, digital libraries, wikis, blogs, videos, podcasts)

I primarily search engines like Bing or Google and the databases available through the Wheelock library to attain new information. I like to use Academic Search Premier, and find that it provides a lot of the articles that I can use to apply to my papers and other assignments. Occasionally I’ll read articles from social media, but that is usually for learning outside of my program.

What digital tools do you wish you had access to for learning? (Eg. any graphic organizers, mind-mapping tools, resource management tools, progress tracking tools, design tools, etc.) Why?

I cannot think of any other digital tools that I wish I had access to for learning. I like having my physical organizers, and prefer to read hard copies of books rather than on the computer.

What might your ideal Personal Learning Environment (PLE) look like?

Although it’s kind of contradictory, I would learn best in a quiet environment, but I would prefer for some students to be there in case I want to have a conversation about what I’m learning.

Victoria Bassi
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