Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fear of Success

Brent Schlenker sent me another nice comment on my post Playing in the Digital Sandbox that I'd thought I'd share for those of us who read blogs on feeds:

I think Paul touches on something a little deeper and may not even realize it. Much of that fear is NOT based on what if nobody comes, or what if it's a fad. The fear for many is that people WILL come, and people WILL begin to create their own content and make their own connections with the covetted SMEs. Then where will the value add be for those practicing old school ISD? Its the fear of success for many, not the fear of failure.

It takes a lot of courage, both on the individual instructional designer level and on the organizational level, to allow individuals to create content.

If we're serious about being educators, that's the way it should be.

Think about it:

- People learn more if they are forced to put concepts into practice - through teaching, applying the information in other contexts, creating things for public consumption, etc.

- As educators, we are about helping people learn more (right?).

So why are we so afraid?

I'm seeing a growing consensus in our little corner of the blogosphere that our job, as it evolves, is to create environments that motivate people to learn things, rather than content.

This change in emphasis is long overdue.

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