And so I take a step back as ask myself why I'm experiencing this entropy in my learning process.
Online learning challenges me to rethink how I teach and how learners learn. I provides options and ideas for students for whom the traditional classroom/lecture model does not work. I get so excited about the ideas and the possibilities.
When it comes to implementation, I feel like I turn to molasses. I become self-critical because I feel I'm not doing enough. I sense a discord between my potential and my reality. And yet each day I'm doing something new to engage and inspire my learners and address their unique and individual needs. I'm able to identify what is not working for my students and imagine ways using online learning design to make change.
After imagination, I believe the first step toward implementation is collaboration. I was inspired by Ian Dukes' sardine metaphor: an entire school of sardines will change direction when but 15-20% are fully committed to the change.
Or, as Margaret Mead said famously:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
So this is where I am right now: inspired, full of ideas, looking for steps to turn those ideas into action and reaching out to other "committed sardines" who'd like to engage in the learning revolution I feel has begun.