About the Southern Fried Scholar

Hi, y’all! Welcome to the Southern Fried Scholar. My name is Kelly Jones. I’m a geek, a writer, and a recovering academic.

I hold a Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction and have been teaching adults since 2004.  My research focuses on lifelong learning and participatory culture, and I’m fascinated by the intersections of cognition, creativity, connections, and community. I wrote my dissertation about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and Chris Baty is my hero.

I’m also the cohost of the Big Strong Yes podcast with the amazing Lani Diane Rich over at Chipperish.com. It’s a magical sort of bookclub podcast focused on courage, creativity, and the call to adventure.

To me, podcasts represent the very best of informal learning in the 21st century… podcasts are free, available to anyone with internet access, produced by people who are passionate about their areas of expertise, and shared simply for the sake of sharing. Podcasts are a beautiful example of connectivism, and they are pretty awesome vehicles for cognitive engagement.

Creating a podcast seemed like a great way to discuss metalearning – learning about learning – and to share some of the research-based strategies and ideas that have helped me and my students become more intentional lifelong learners. Thanks for joining me on this new endeavor, and please subscribe to the show through iTunes so you can get all the new episodes as they drop!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions. You can find me on Twitter @DrKellyJones or contact me here.

In the novel House Harkonnen, Brian Herbert wrote, “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill, and the willingness to learn is a choice.”

Let’s celebrate the amazing gift of lifelong learning.