Simon Sinek quote of the day both frustrates and motivates me:

Curiosity is essential for progress. Only when we look to worlds beyond our own can we really know if there’s room for improvement.

Source: Sinek’s Start With Why

It frustrates me because our primary and post secondary systems of education focus so significantly on getting the right answer through the passive educational environment of main lecture points, individual competition and standardized testing. “Will this be on the test”, or “will we be tested on this” become the primary questions students learn to ask rather than questions like: “how does this___ really work” or how can we fix or improve this…”

Fortunately, as we can see from Steve Jobs Heres to the Crazy Ones video that there are enough misfits, rebels and trouble makers who are curious enough and believe that they can change the world.

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015
Courtesy of: TalentLMS

For a learning theorist and Professor there are few things more invigorating than working with a group of highly motivated learners. My long time colleague and friend Dr. Craig Montgomerie often asks me to join his online Athabasca University class MDDE 610: Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications to provide his students the opportunity engage with a professional like myself who has extensive experience in promoting the use of Educational Technology.

In the MDDE webinar for November 18, 2014 titled Leading learning and technological change we focused on the most difficult challenges in any organizational change — dealing with an organization’s culture and implementing strategies that require a cultural shift. Through examining a case study of the ACU Connected Mobile Learning Initiative we explored how addressing the following four key principles increase your chances of success significantly:

  1. Start with Why
  2. Identify and engage key influencers
  3. Install an effective execution strategy
  4. Enlist and empower self-differentiated leaders

We also analyzed how ignoring even one of these principles can contribute to failure and how these principles are currently being used in new E-learning strategy at BCIT.

Webinar slide deck – MDDE 610 Nov 2014.pdf

The following resources were mentioned or briefly discussed in the webinar and can be used to gain a deeper understanding:

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Includes a short annotation and links the books Start with Why (Simon Sinek), Influencer, Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) and Freidmen’s Failure of Nerve.

Connected The Movie by the ACU Connected Initiative
Link to the ACU Connected mobile movie that started and provided the fundamental Why or vision for Mobile Learning at ACU.

Additional resources on Change and Innovation:

Clayton R. Wright has released the 32nd edition of the conference list. The list below covers selected events focused primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Only listings until June 2015 are complete as dates, locations, or URLs. A complete listing of June events should be captured in the next conference list – normally distributed in May.

Educational Technology & Education Conferences #32 January to June 2015 Clayton R Wright