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groups, many members refer to themselves as students
and lifelong learners.
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I Give Up: Why the Squirrel?
The squirrel is the official LearningTimes mascot.
During a webcast several years ago, a group of college
professors were asked to identify a great "learning
they had experienced in their lifetime that had a great
impact upon them. One professor offered: "As a
college student, chasing squirrels with one of my professors".
The notion that some of the best learning moments
happen in quite informal or unexpected ways, often
when interacting with other people --
not just with hyperlinks or web pages -- is a very
LearningTimes ideal. How do we bring the extraordinary
value that comes with "chasing squirrels with
a college professor" to the online realm, where
so much learning is based today? The "squirrel
story" seemed to encapsulate the LearningTimes
goals well enough to deserve the mascot status. And
no, the squirrel does not have a name (yet).
As if that weren't enough, squirrels are active, fun
and social animals (when they are out and about, chasing
each other at least), and they are very good at planning
for the future. LearningTimes stands by these values,
even if they are taught by a strangely cute animal.
(More on the squirrel in the contributions area, once
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