Monday, September 6th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers
The e-pioneer is a ghostbuster.
Many people in Africa believe in ghosts – they can’t see them, but they fear them.
In her book “Laying Ghosts to Rest” Mamphela Ramphele tells about her childhood fear of ghosts and the technique of an old man in her hometown to get rid of them. She writes:
“Whatever truth there was to the ghost stories that shaped my childhood, one thing stood out: ghosts could be laid to rest by calling them by name.”
The realm of e-learning is riddled with ghosts – those invisible, intangible, sometimes unrealistic fears haunting teachers – preventing them to use technology for the benefit of learners. Think about a few of these ghosts:
What if learners outshine me in the use of technology?
What if I do not have an aptitude for technology?
What if technology takes over my job as teacher?
E-pioneers must lay these ghosts to rest. How? The first step is to call them by name. Many teachers never vocalise their fears. They don’t say what is bothering them about the use of technology. The fear is vague. But when we identify and name the fear, we can discuss the matter and lay the matter to rest – the fear then evaporates like a ghost before a ghostbuster.
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