Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers
The e-pioneer is a monument builder
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings on earth – it is not surprising that it is rated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
This magnificent monument was built centuries ago by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor (in Northern India) as a memorial to his love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
After her death it took twenty years for the completion of the Taj Mahal. Shortly after that one of his sons usurped the throne and put his father in prison, where the sad old man died.
Shah Jahan might have lost his empire, but his monument is still standing, providing joy to millions of visitors.
Let this be a history lesson for e-pioneers. Some officials in the education system may support e-learning in the belief that it will boost their empire. Bringing a function, with staff and a budget ‘under’ you is a well-used tactic for bureaucratic empire-building.
E-learning is far too important to be used as a self-promoting tool. The future of learners is at stake. The true e-pioneer forgets about the empire, and strives to establish e-learning as a permanent feature of the organization – a monument of empowerment to all who benefit from it.
Once you are gone your empire will pass into the hands of others – or it may disappear entirely as in the case of the Mughal Empire. Remember: empires fall, but monuments remain.
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