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Learning-Centered Update November 11, 2011

Greetings all,

The next several issues of the Learning College Updates will feature members of the President’s Leadership Team. Today’s guest author is Paul Golisch, Dean of Information Technology. Paul is interested how we can speed up the organizational learning process and innovation from idea to action. Please join me in thanking Paul for his thoughts and insights. Enjoy.

The focus of today's Power on Learning is about "Poking the Box".

Poke the Box is the name of a book by Seth Godin.  In it, he encourages people to have the courage to try something different to make an impact.  As Stephen Covey says "If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting."  If things are going well, that's great.  However, what if we are unhappy with the results we are getting?  It can be quite scary to try something different ... a potential disruptive innovation.  What if it doesn't work?  To quote Seth, "If failure is not an option, than neither is success” and "Soon is not as good as now."

Just as important as "Poking the Box" is assessing the box.  How do we know if the poking is having a positive impact unless we measure it?  I am piloting a "Flipped Classroom" using "Open Educational Resources" in the developmental math courses I am teaching.  Our friendly Institutional Research department is providing me with a wealth of data to help determine if these strategies are successful, need to be revised or need to be abandoned.  If you are interested in hearing more about the strategies I am piloting, please contact me and/or attend the Learning Week session I will be offering in January.

To learn more about Poking the Box, here is a three minute interview with Seth.  

To learn about the Flipped Classroom, here is an article that does a nice job of explaining it.

To find out how Open Educational Resources (OER) are being used at PVCC, please visit this site

Paul A. Dale, Ed.D