During our professional days prior to the start of school, visiting scholar Dr. Scott McLeod was on campus to work with our faculty on the integration of technology into our curriculum.

Appropriately, the conversation was more focused on how we learn rather than the tools we use to learn.

To get the group started, Dr. McLeod showed an interesting clip from a presentation by Daniel Pink, who was talking about his book Drive.

In that book, Pink discusses the science of motivation — a very appropriate topic at the start of a new school year. He argues that the carrot-and-stick approach most often used in schools and the workplace is actually counter productive. He suggests replacing external motivators with ones built on the concepts of autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Understanding motivation is important, Pink says, as expectations at school and the workplace shift from predominately routine, rule-based tasks to more creative and conceptual work.

The video above lasts about 10 minutes, but it is a nice primer for understanding the conversations that are taking place at Marshall — as we think about new approaches to learning and the most appropriate uses of technologies at our disposal.