What is an e-pioneer?

Sunday, February 21st, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers | 6 Comments

The word pioneer evokes the image of an early settler in an uninhabited, hostile territory.  We think of pioneers as adventurers, people who are willing to make personal sacrifices to find a better life for themselves and others.

The term pioneer is nowadays applied to anyone venturing into unknown areas – not only geographical ones, but also areas of science and thought.

An e-pioneer is one who moves around the world of technology, discovering how it can enhance teaching and learning, and then mapping out a path for others to follow.

If you see yourself as an e-pioneer, you have to be many things.  Among others, you need to be:

an explorer

a pathfinder

a trailblazer

a groundbreaker

a pacesetter

a rabble-rouser

a warrior

a change agent. 

Quite a challenge!  But if you have a pioneering spirit – a sense of adventure and a keen desire to bring about a better education system – you can do it.

Click here for more food for thought for e-pioneers.

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

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers | 7 Comments

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 …

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