e-Learning pioneers (also known as warriors of light)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers

It is not easy to lead the way into an unfamiliar terrain.  But that is what a few teachers, some principles, and the odd education department official are doing: they’re acting as pioneers of e-learning among their peers.

 

Being an e-learning pioneer is not for the faint-hearted.

 

How does an e-learning pioneer survive?  Over the next few months I will offer bits of advice on this blog – survival tips – that may help to keep these warriors safe – and sane.  Most of this advice was gleaned from observing successful e-learning champions in the world of education over the past decade.  You are invited to post your comments and to add your experience and words of wisdom.

 

To start the ball rolling, please complete one or more of the following sentences:

 

An e-learning pioneer is …

An e-learning pioneer always …

An e-learning pioneer never …

An e-learning pioneer does not …

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7 Comments to e-Learning pioneers (also known as warriors of light)

Albie
Friday, 19 February, 2010

An e-learning pioneer is … first with the technology, software hardware and identify the potholes and mountain passes and suggest other routes to be followed;

An e-learning pioneer always … support and guide the followers and is always available to assit and help when approach;

An e-learning pioneer never … blames the followers for making wrong decision or taking the wrong road over the e-learning mountain, but rather turn back and walked with to follow another route;

An e-learning pioneer does not … critize the WCED, the EMDC, the IMG, CA or the school, but rather take from “them” the good they offer and build on it.

Albie 2010 e-learning Over-the-Berg Pioneer

Albie
Friday, 19 February, 2010

An e-learning pioneer is … first with the technology, software hardware and identify the potholes and mountain passes and suggest other routes to be followed;

An e-learning pioneer always … support and guide the followers and is always available to assit and help when approach;

An e-learning pioneer never … blames the followers for making wrong decision or taking the wrong road over the e-learning mountain, but rather turn back and walked with to follow another route;

An e-learning pioneer does not … critize the WCED, the EMDC, the IMG, CA or the school, but rather take from “them” the good they offer and build on it.

Albie 2010 e-learning Over-the-Berg Pioneer

Mark C
Saturday, 20 February, 2010

An e-learning pioneer is strong-willed and goes where no-one has gone before. ( I got this one from Star Trek).

An e-learning pioneer always takes calculated risks knowing his/her strengths and weaknesses.

An e-learning pioneer never allows his/her learning to falter even though he/she may stumble.

An e-learning pioneer does not leave behind any of his/her technological tools, whatever this may be from chalk to Interactive Whiteboard. This helps him/her on an unknown journey.

Beatriz L
Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Ok.Here’s my contribution…

An e-learning pioneer is curious.

An e-learning pioneer always thinks of the implications the use of e-tools may have.

An e-learning pioneer never underestimates those who find the e-world daunting and confusing.(S)He offers help.

An e-learning pioneer does not think e-learning is the one and only way to approach learning and teaching.

(and, needing to survive, always carries a Star Trooper’s helmet to protect her/himself…Mark thought Star Trek, I thought Star wars)

Beatriz L
Sunday, 21 February, 2010

I’ve realised my previous comment was based on what I consider a pioneer should be like. Now I’ll try to see it from a different perspective, the one that looks at the perils and difficulties a pioneer will find on his way.

An e-l-p is relentless
An e-l-p always remembers it’s best to keep a cool head when met with opposition.
An e-l-p never lets other people crush his beliefs in the advantages of e-learning.
An e-l-p does not feel discouraged when others mock him/her or even label his/her projects as “too ambitious”

Mark C
Sunday, 21 February, 2010

An e-learning pioneer is realistic about what can be done and challenges the stereotypes around (May the force be with you…Star Wars I think).
An e-learning pioneer always tries to win technophobes over. (Let’s get them before they get us—Old cop show called Hillstreet Blues).
An e-learning pioneer never boasts about his/her achievements but shares them as an example of what can be done.
An e-learning pioneer does not look at e-learning as THE ONLY answer but looks at any method to see how it can inspire, change and uplift learning. In fact, when ICT becomes ingrained in what we do the e in e-learning can be dropped.

kvanwyk
Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Thanks Albie, Mark and Beatriz (all the way from Argentina!). Your comments are most useful and don’t be surprized if you see some of your thoughts popping up on this blog over the next few months!

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