The e-pioneer is a pacesetter.
Athletes and race-horses need to pace themselves throughout a race. While starting fast enough so that they don’t fall behind, they should not go so fast that they have no energy left to finish the race. A pacesetter helps runners to maintain the correct tempo.
The pacesetter has become a metaphor for any person who runs ahead, who takes the lead, or who sets a standard for others to emulate.
The e-pioneer is a pacesetter – a leader in the field of in e-learning.
e-Pioneers set high standards for themselves – they also set high standards for those whom they lead. A pacesetter must lead by example – never ask followers to do anything you won’t do yourself. For example, if you expect teachers to use e-mail, do you communicate with them by means of e-mail?
A word of warning to e-pioneers: don’t set the pace of technology too fast. It may lead to burn-out. A good pacesetter considers the person running the race – this means that you must be mindful of the experience level of those following you.
The pacesetting e-pioneer must be a motivator. When someone falls behind – perhaps missing training opportunities – you must provide encouragement and help the lagger to pick up the pace.
If you want to be a good pacesetter you must be willing to jump – boots and all – into the race. Run alongside the ones you are leading, giving them the comfort or your presence and support.
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