Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
From the most recent issue of EDUCAUSE Review, this article offers a reasonable - though not perfect - list of factors promoting success for IT professionals (of course, the definition of 'success' here is implicit). Things roll along fine until we hit principle number 5, where the article takes a turn, equating 'success' with (it seems to me) obedience. They "understand the limits of their advocacy," the author cautions. They are careful when speaking publicly. They don't whine. It feels as though the article transmogrified from a dispassionate overview to something personal part way through. Me, I think there is great value in a long passionate whine. Does that make me "not a team player"? Maybe. But it is better to speak out than to suffer in silence.

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