Following Paths

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths…”
–Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Perhaps educators need to keep this notion in mind; the idea that students may find uses or applications for current and emerging tools and technologies that don’t necessarily follow the existing well-trodden “paths” for using those tools or technologies. Rather, educators should encourage exploration away from those paths…


I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference for work out of town. And now that I’ve been back home for a few days, I’m realizing that one of the side benefits of being away–even for a little while–is a slightly new perspective.
It’s all too easy to get mired in our day-to-day routine, as we all know, and develop tunnel vision or blind spots.
And I might even argue that taking a vacation doesn’t always necessarily yield the same results (though of course it can) because we expect a perspective shift when we leave on vacation. And I would suggest that sometimes the most profound changes in perspective can result without those expectations; that the unintended shifts in perspective can have the most impact and cause us to look at things quite differently.
Which makes me wonder how I can change my perspective in subtle ways every day…

Dilbert on Leadership

As a follow-up to the Educause Learning Technology Leadership conference I attended recently, I thought I would share this Dilbert strip from 6/30/13.  And while it may still be a fairly typical Dilbert perspective, it does still address an important idea that I think sometimes gets lost in the noise and the shuffle.  There is no one universal approach to leadership–it does depend greatly on context.  And I think the key to that is being adaptable and learning to read people and situations–being observant.