Our Canadian correspondent (well … Stephen Downes actually, but never spoil a good story for the sake of the truth … as they say) suggests an interesting idea.
Namely: “to consider the oft-repeated (especially by teachers) requirement for ‘training’ in new technology to be code for I don’t want to use this.“
Can this be true ?
Is offering training merely pandering to the procrastination and avoidance strategies of the unwilling ?
How many of the people we’ve trained have gone on to be enthusiastic, innovative users of our systems ?
How many of the enthusiastic, innovative users of our systems have needed us to train them ?
Should we be spending our time trying to spread the use of technology in learning and teaching, or should the push come from those teaching with it already ?
As learning technologists we often worry about preaching to the converted. Maybe that isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps it is the role of the already converted evangelists to spread the word and it is for us, the e-learning support officers, to pick up the job of facilitator ?
Is this a mild polemic ? 🙂
Your comments and insights would be welcome …