about this space

My name is Jeff Swain. Currently, I am an Innovation Consultant and PhD student at Penn State University. In my work I focus on the exploration, diffusion, and adoption of educational technologies. My research focuses on the impact the social web has on our understanding of community and identity.

I took the title for this blog from a book by Zen teacher Shunru Suzuki in which he begins by saying “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” It reflects how I try to approach my vocation: with a mind that is open to all that is possible in us.