Sunday, April 18th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers
The e-pioneer fights fear.
A phobia is defined as an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation. In most cases, the phobia involves a sense of endangerment or a fear of harm.
Some fears have names (the “phobias”) but others not. If a fear does not have a name, it does not make it less real.
Severe cases of phobias are best treated by trained therapists – it is not expected of the e-pioneer to fulfil this role. However, in dealing with teachers, e-pioneers need to help those who are mildly afflicted.
Two common fears the e-pioneer must contend with are:
Technophobia: a fear of technology. Paradoxically, this is one of the less frequently encountered fears among teachers. Even though many of them don’t want to use technology, they seldom fear it. Uncertainties about the use of technology can be overcome by progressively introducing it and demonstrating the benefits of using it.
Atychiphobia: a fear of failure. This is a real fear for many when they are pushed into the world of technology. It is closely related to catagelophobia – a fear of being ridiculed. The most effective way of overcoming a fear of failure is to help teachers to succeed. Success breeds success. As teachers experience successful use of technology their fear of failure, and accompanying ridicule, will evaporate.
Fighting fear requires patience, compassion and empathy – important qualities of an e-pioneer.
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