When I originally joined LinkedIn, I was a Carroll University professor of psychology very much interested in internet teaching applications. I also was a partner in a very successful consulting business. Over the years, my students and I explored what LinkedIn could do and how it might help them when they graduated. It has allowed me to follow their professional development, connect with other professionals, and opened my eyes to ways of thinking different from my academic world. Moreover, It has been fascinating to see how LinkedIn itself has evolved over time. I have begun to question whether it still belongs in my learning / professional development “toolkit” now that I am retired.

Here are some of the thoughts my students and I had about Llinkedin as we discovered its potential uses for us. I would welcome feedback on the ideas developed there.

  1. What Technology Learning Tools Should an Undergraduate Know? Alison Explores LinkedIn
  2. Reconnecting with Carroll Alumni Using LinkedIn Premium
  3. A Benevolent Curmudgeon and a Bright Emerging Star Reflect on LinkedIn: Revised
  4. A Benevolent Curmudgeon Reflects Some More on LinkedIn: Revised and Revisited
  5. Facebook and LinkedIn: Complementary Tools
  6. (Mis)Adventures with LinkedIn Learning

I now am happily beginning my second year of retirement both from teaching and from my consulting partnership. Though I plan to continue learning, writing, and using the skills developed from over forty years of academe and interacting with the business world, I’m thinking out loud about the value of my subscribing to LinkedIn.  Why should I continue to belong? 

I would welcome hearing your thoughts.