In one of the later chapters of Leading the Learning Revolution I draw a contrast between what I call the “Beta Mentality” and the “Dabbler’s Downfall.” I’m betting both of these will sound familiar, but I am also betting that most readers – like myself – may have more experience with the second than the first.
The “Dabbler’s Downfall” is what occurs when you get fascinated by some new technology, technique, or whatever else happens to be trending in your particular world, play around with it, but never really take it anywhere. In my world, I see this happen all the time with people and organizations tempted by the idea of making money with online education and training. There are always plenty of shiny new tools to try out, or new concepts (MOOCs!, Flipping the Classroom!), but trying is one thing, actually building a business is quite another. As I write in the book: [Read more…] about The Beta Mentality and the Dabbler’s Downfall