The Auckland University of Technology has developed a reputation for innovative, creative and advanced digital learning resources. Importantly the creative potential of Māori language, custom and culture is recognised in such developments. Such potential is set against the opportunities created by the relationship between technology, pedagogy, content and, last but not least, options to reduce the opportunity costs of higher education. The initiation of this ‘new order of things’ has not been without its challenges. The lukewarmness if not incredulity of some is a function of the inability of reluctant digital immigrants (if not luddites) to understand the normative expectations of digital natives – our students. Strategies have been developed to dampen the incredulity of those of those of a previous order and these are shared with a view that they may provide encouragement for those who do imagine a new order of things.
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.” Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)