The greatest intellectual challenge I’ve been facing in the last year is how to do my job with more love. This is most explicitly the influence of Louis Schmier, but I think there’s a lot in the Open Courses/co-learning community which addresses genuine connection and shared growth without using the word “love”.
Instructional technology doesn’t actually require a lot of love. You can do good service without it. I’m beginning to doubt, though, that you can do great service without it.
Once you get past the “which button do I click” level of training, the questions have very high stakes. What do you want? What would be good for you? What could elevate or change your thinking? What do you want for your students? What do they want for themselves? What do we value, and why? In change, what do we fear, and why?
How can we enter this project as individuals and leave it as some kind of community?
You can answer these questions effectively, and efficiently, without love. It can just be business. I’m just not convinced it’s the best I can do.