I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Alan Levine’s recent posting Repository of (Learning Object) Dreams, in which he describes the process by which Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) has grown out its collection. The tactics reviewed include “saying ‘please’, bringing out the dogs and ponies, bribery, competition, and good old fashioned nagging.”
I find this piece of the puzzle to be a particular challenge within my own context, so I’m grateful to Alan for sharing his perspective. Of course, not all of us are blessed with his creativity, industry and charm. I wish he would bottle it and send some up here (though I can only assume such an essence would get nabbed by customs officials).
I was heartened by his conclusion:
That is what it takes, like the expression my Dad used to give me on, “Time, Patience, and Perseverance”.
It takes much more time than you would ever think, much more patience, to have a new systemic model catch on.
We are not there yet, but I can feel the ship turning.
You can bet I will, if only so I can keep ripping off his ideas.