My name is Erica McCarthy, and this is my Personal Learning Environment, titled “A Bombshell’s Guide to Education.”

You may be wondering why I titled it in such a manner. A number of years ago, I became a member of a group of very angry, very upset female book readers who were determined to prove to the patriarchy that women DO read more than just trashy romance novels. We read fiction and sci-fi and horror and history and all sorts of other genres. Thus, the Bookshelf Bombshells was born. Being a Bombshell became part of my identity, in the same way that being a historian is part of my identity. I rose there from being a book reviewer, to a senior reviewer, to their copy editor/proofreader (titled the Comma Domina), to the second editor (La Nouveau Petit Editrex), and held that position until the website closed down last year.

Because the Bombshells are such an integral part of my life, there was no better title for this PLE.

For as long as I could remember, I’ve wanted to teach college. I chose to continue learning, and return to school for my Master in Education degree, with the goal of learning how to teach effectively. Through that program, I’ve started to gain those skills. My goal now is to learn more about instructional design, which is where I am now. Through this PLE, I’m sharing with you what I’ve learned, what I’ve found, and what I think. Hopefully, someone else will find these things helpful as well.

Erica is very prolific on Twitter, tweeting mostly historical things and gaming things, but the occasional fun comic, makeup picture, or personal joke. You can follow her @the_lady_radar


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  1. Hi Erica,
    I wanted to start by saying that I love your “emotional” picture inserts. I really appreciate the lighter format of the blogging forum, it actually entertains me, when that is something I haven’t had lately! I guess it sounds like I am desperate for a break and I seem to get it by reading people’s blogs. I like the way how you lighten up serious topics such as “Futuring”. I got to say that I almost started losing it when I read some of the futuring way of thinking. I didn’t agree with some things that were said and other things were said in such a way that it made me think that this text was above my intelligent quotient!


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