Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is Educational Technology?

Like Dr. Pepper, our work as educational technologists is so misunderstood. Many people think we provide technical support for technologies which just happen to be used for teaching. Reacting to that over emphasis on information and communication technologies, other people describe our work as solely pedagogical, sometimes to the extent where you would think we didn’t do anything with technology at all.

Hap Aziz at Rasmussen College recently developed a useful definition of educational technology which includes both our pedagogical and technical roles:

“Educational technology is the considered implementation of appropriate tools, techniques, or processes that facilitate the application of senses, memory, and cognition to enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes.”

For more additional information about his definition, go to:

Posted at 12:05PM Sep 23, 2010 by dantonacci

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