My name is Ross Kelley, and I was part of the 2011-2012 cohort of the Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows program. I was excited to join the program so I could learn about the many valuable software tools I never thought I would have the skills to use. Even though I had Excel experience prior to the program, what I learned about Photoshop, Prezi, Google programs, website creation, and even tools for my job search and career more than exceeded my expectations. This program provided ample time for interaction with these tools through its helpful hands-on learning environment and access to training videos on Lynda.com. As a result of the Hoesley program, I am far more proficient with these tools and confident in my ability to learn how to use others.
Creating my own website was definitely the most exciting part of this program. I was thrilled to hone this very valuable skill and leave my mark on the Internet. I am particularly proud of my new abilities to embed a Prezi and other graphics, customize the site’s theme, and transition to a self-hosted site, which I will explore further after graduation.