I find very rewarding any time that I have the opportunity to ask an expert about the work he or she does. Regardless of the field of work, to learn about the do’s and don’ts, the sharing of recommendations, and taking the time to answer someone’s questions, to me, it is priceless. Also, listening to the point of view of someone that has already “done the job” is enlightening, enriching, and in many cases encouraging; and even if it is not, for better or worse, it becomes a contribution to our learning experience. As we reach the end of LRNT 522, as a cohort, we had the great chance to ask a few questions to Dr. George Veletsianos who is a foremost expert in digital education, professor at Royal Roads University, Canada’s Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology, and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Learning.
After listening to his answers, there were a couple of things that stood out to me. The first one was his response about his prediction on the next major trend or innovation in the educational technology field; he didn’t quite provide a concrete answer, however, he pointed out that some predictions about the future often lack accountability, and because of it, these predictions end up not holding any truth. One of the points he makes answering the same question is that he tries to avoid making predictions of the future and focuses on current situations that may need to be changed now in order to make a positive impact in the future. I am with him on this since I see the present as the most important time for us to change our future. – “be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
The second point that got my attention is his passion to expanding access to education. While (to some degree) I do not necessarily agree with the belief that the cost of education in Canada is what prevents people from receiving higher education, I do agree that there are many other reasons that prevent people from being able to access it, and as challenges they need to be acknowledged, addressed, analyzed, and hopefully overcome. I think that challenges give us the opportunity to grow, to learn and to become wiser and stronger.
I look forward to continue learning with and from my MALAT peers, I am pretty sure that the road ahead of us will continue to be a challenging and overwhelming ride, but I am also confident that it will also continue to be as interesting, engaging, and exciting as it has been to date.
Veletsianos, G. (2021, August 11). Personal interview [Personal interview].