14 May 2016
It is not possible for any of us to do our jobs well without collaboration. Yet specialization abounds, but we all have a shared goal: to advance learning and teaching. How are we to balance these two seemingly conflicting characteristics in our workplace? The answer is not technical but rooted in what it means to a part of a holistic group. Working together towards a shared goals is a whole lot like making stone soup. Do you know the story of stone soup? A man comes into a village, sets up a little fire, puts a pot of water on the file, and adds a stone to the water. Curious people come by, and they ask, What are you doing? He says, I’m making stone soup, but I think it needs a bit of flavoring. Wanting to participate, people begin to add their own things to the soup: carrots, celery, onions, salt, a beef bone, etc. Working together for the advancement of learning & teaching is a lot like making stone soup. Everybody contributes a little something, and the result is nourishing meal for all. This presentation elaborates upon these ideas and suggests things to do to make them happen.
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Eric Lease MorganDigital Initiatives LibrarianUniversity of Notre Dame