Week 8: Digital Leader

“Digital leadership is less about a single person and more about bringing together a coalition of power, skill, and vision that can collectively start the first wave of transformation” (Ross, 2014). Throughout this course, we have learned that the internet has been an influencing factor on how we interact, communicate, collaborate, and learn.

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As educators, we must carpe diem, seize the day and acknowledge that it is important that we have a relatively good understanding of the digital tools/apps that would encourage a learning environment for our future workers. If we are lacking in this, then we need to surround ourselves with fellow leaders who are willing to collaborate and share their technological know-how with others.

Stephen Covey’s, author of The 7Habits of Highly Effective of People, noted that people who were able to use synergic communication, that is, the ability to open their minds and hearts to new possibilities, alternatives, and options are leaders (cited in Sprung, 2012). To be a leader in the digital age, we need to be open to innovation and welcome any and all ideas that may impact the learning outcomes for our students.

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The top takeaways from this course for me is to be open to the many opportunities that I have at my disposal. My work environment is constantly changing and I need to keep abreast of any and all tools that will make learning more student centered. The “hi-tech” environment that I work in does has its advantages, but it can also be intimidating to those unfamiliar with simulation. The Corning Day Glass videos is a glimpse of what our world will be like in the near future. This youtube video is another look of Technology in Education: A future classroom.

 

Another takeaway is the impact social media has on both our personal and professional lives. Issues such as privacy, confidentiality, ethics, professionalism can impact one’s life either positively or negatively.

While I am away recuperating for the next 6 weeks, I am planning on using this time to review the digital tools that was shared in our past posts for possible use in our summer semester courses.

Ross, M. (2014). Digital leadership? Or leadership in a digital world. Retrieved from: leadership-leadership-digital-world-01100076#6lwulpMXB5Glosj.97

Sprung, S. (2012). RIP Stephen Covey: Here Are His Famous ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. Retrieved from: http://www.businessinsider.com/stephen-coveys-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people-2012-7

 

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5 thoughts on “Week 8: Digital Leader

  1. sitisnyder

    This has been an engrossing 8 weeks to say the least. It has been an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss topics surrounding technology and leadership. Your blog post is an excellent example of how important it is, in this age of constant connectedness and information access, to remain open-minded and willing to consider new paradigms. This is truly the leadership approach for the future; especially given the current rate of innovation that is occurring in the most unlikely places—the Internet and its vast array of online communities. Like you, I am also faced with a learning environment that is not only evolving, but is also being influenced more and more by technology and new pedagogical approaches. While both are important, both must mature together if they are to work together effectively—especially when we think about the classroom of the future. What’s more, I have appreciated your appreciation for technology and its future role in education; that is, an appreciation that is more welcoming than apprehensive of it. Even so, we do need to acknowledge, as you have, the concerns over privacy and how technology could threaten that and as a result reduce trust. But as you cited in your blog post’s opening, when you begin to harness the power of the collective rather than relying on the power, skill, and vision of one, you magnify the potential and the results.

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  2. Britt Watwood

    Nice post, Aloha! First and foremost…good luck with your recovery. Been there…done that (but it is not fun!).

    I have been debating shifting in the video you added to the course … but the Corning ones are just so much fun, I have a hard time moving on. Yet, already they are getting dated! I also have appreciated your “sim” experiences and the lessons you shared.

    Best of luck as you continue your academic and leadership journey!

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  3. raven765

    The gift and curse (?) of technology is that it will transform us – and in fact, this is already happening. Embedded in your post is a great example of our daily challenge of this transformation – and that is time to learn and absorb. Our learning approaches need to align with the nature of technology. We all need to learn to adapt and change in real time, learn and let go, continuously evolve or get left behind. Instead of becoming an expert in a technology it seems to me that this topic provides a great platform for co-created learning. The tools themselves have become incredibly easy and intuitive and the real value or power of any of them is the “how” they can be used. For my part, my initial fears of some technologies is simply learning how to be a good “user” but that is a simple technical skill. Tapping into our creative side and arming it with the knowledge available on the web creates a world of possibility that is left to the imagination.

    To your points about education, it is important that our educational systems embrace and take on technology for all generations. It is an interesting exercise to think about what changed in society when education became available to all – and then think about what will change because technology enabled education is available to all. This rising tide could raise all…

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  4. cochrancreighton

    Leadership in the digital and information technology era will force organizations to abandon the rigid structures of the chain of command and span of control of the traditional classical organization. If following the rigors of the pyramid continue with regard to diffusing technology, leaders will look up only to find out that the competition who replaced wirearchy over hierarchy have left them behind. One thing that has come quite clear in our course. The person at the top of the pyramid do not know everything she/he needs to know to effectively lead the organization–and will never reach that capacity.

    As you so well stated, it takes a coalition of committed personnel to bring all of their gifts and talents to the table to adapt the most relevant platforms, tools, software, and apps to business demands of the organization. Executive leaders cannot rely solely on the IT staff to remain current and relevant, there is a need for even executive leaders to continue to receiving training and to use technology for business and personal life efficiency. Doing so places them in the position of more effective communicating internally and externally, and gives them the capacity to asked educated questions to IT professionals. Consistent collaboration is the best approach to maximizing technology in leadership.

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