Module 2: Evolution of Educational Technology
Are you familiar with the evolution of the definition of educational technology? During this module we will explore this evolution through the creation of a digital poster.
Week 3: Monday-Tuesday | Evolution of EDTECH Page
Week 3: Wednesday-Friday | Complete Your Evolution Glog! Page
Evolution Glog Assignment Forum
Week 3: Saturday-Sunday | Publish Glog to Learning Log Page
Week 3: Monday-Tuesday | Evolution of EDTECH
Evolution of Educational Technology Definition
When you try to explain what you are studying, do you get a blank stare? I know that when people ask me, and I tell them I teach educational technology, they invariably ask me, “What is that?” Then, I have to explain it to them in a way they might understand. And then they still give me that blank stare!
Following is AECT’s current definition of educational technology:
“Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”
This definition has evolved over the many years of using technology in education. The following comparison of evolving definitions outlines this progression and is quite interesting:
Audiovisual communications is that branch of educational theory and practice primarily concerned with the design and use of messages which control the learning process. (Ely, 1963, pp. 18-19).
The field could be defined in 2 ways:
1) In its more familiar sense it means the media born of the communications revolution which can be used for instructional purposes alongside of the teacher, textbook, and blackboard… the pieces that make up instructional technology: television, films, overhead projectors, computers and other items of “hardware” and “software”… and/or …
2) A systematic way of designing, carrying out, and evaluating the total process of learning and teaching in terms of specific objectives, based on research in human learning and communication and employing a combination of human and nonhuman resources to bring about more effective instruction (Commission on Instructional Technology, 1970, p. 21).
Educational technology is a field involved in the facilitation of human learning through the systematic identification, development, organization and utilization of a full range of learning resources and through the management of these processes (AECT, 1972, p. 36).
Educational technology is a complex, integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices, and organization for analyzing problems and devising, implementing, evaluating and managing solutions to those problems involved in all aspects of human learning (AECT, 1977, p. 1).
Instructional technology is the theory and practice of the design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 1).
Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources (Januszewski & Molenda, 2008, p. 1).
Create a digital poster, with images, text, and other media, describing the evolution of the definition of educational technology.
- View this presentation about Glogster to learn more about it if you have not used Glogster before:
- Create an account on http://edu.glogster.com if you do not already have one.
- Explore the interface and how to add images and other media.
- Locate media that will represent each definition.
- Design your glog to visually represent the evolution of the definition of educational technology.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology. (1977). The definition of educational technology. Washington, DC: AECT.
Commission on Instructional Technology. (1970). To improve learning: A report to the President and the Congress of the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Ely, D. P. (1963). The changing role of the audio-visual process: A definition and glossary of related terms. Audiovisual Communication Review, 11(1), Supplement 6.
Januszewski, A., & Molenda, M. (2008). Chapter 1: Definition. In Educational technology: A definition with commentary (pp. 1 – 14). NY: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc.
Reiser, R. A. (2001). A history of instructional design and technology: Part I: A history of instructional media. Educational Technology Research and Development, 49(1), 53-64. doi: 10.1007/BF02504506
Seels, B. & Richey, R. (1994). Instructional technology: The definition and domains of the field. Washington DC: Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Week 3: Wednesday-Friday | Complete Your Evolution Glog!
Your TO DO List
- Complete and publish your glog.
- Locate the embed code and copy to your clipboard.
- Create a new discussion topic, paste, and share with your classmates on the Evolution Glog Assignment link. (You will need to click the HTML icon on the Moodle visual editor to paste the embed code.)
- Return to this discussion forum by Monday, view your classmates’ posts and rate them according to the following rubric:
Evolution Glog Rubric
- Glog is embedded in discussion forum post (10 points)
- Glog includes appropriate images to illustrate each definition of educational technology (20 points)
- Glog layout is interesting and makes sense (20 points)
Week 3: Saturday-Sunday | Publish Glog to Learning Log
You will want to publish all of your artifacts to your Learning Log. Your final step in your Glogster assignment will be to create a new post, embed your glog, and write a reflection about this assignment.
Your will also want to include the AECT Standard(s) that align(s) with this artifact.
Your TO DO List
- Embed your glog on a new post on your Learning Log.
- NOTE: You will not be able to directly embed the code to the HTML of your WordPress post.
- Instead, create an account on VodPod and embed the WordPress code from there.
- Here is how you can add a browser button to embed videos using VodPod to your WordPress Learning Log: http://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/vodpod.
- Include a reflection about what you learned from this assignment and how your glog represents the evolution of the definition of educational technology.
- Include the AECT Standard that aligns with this artifact. Refer to the course syllabus for information about AECT Standards and assignments.