Discussion Assignment Instructions
For each of the four Discussions in this course, you will post one thread of at least 300 words. The discussion forums in this course require a high level of thought and investigation on a number of important topics and related questions. Your posts must demonstrate course-related knowledge from the assigned readings and presentations and you are to support your assertions with at least two scholarly research articles in APA format. Sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Important ideas from the assigned weekly reading in the textbook may be used as one of the required references for your initial post.
For each Discussion, you will also post two replies to the posts of others of at least 150 words. Each reply must incorporate at least one scholarly research article in APA format. Source cited must have been published within the last five years. The assigned reading from the textbook may be used as the required reference for replies.
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Careers in Educational Technology: As a field of study, Educational Technology tends to investigate processes involved when analyzing, developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating instructional learning and environment materials to improve learning and teaching. Educational technology is the same as instructional technology, which aims at providing solutions to educational concerns such as low discipline, dropout rates, poor motivation and other limiting occurrences (Bond et al., 2020). The problem at hand is acknowledged, an analysis of the problem follows, and a solution presents itself. The definition of the field has changed over time as more and more discoveries on the subject keep popping up while new advancements concerning the matter develop. It is also important to note that the definitions of educational technology differ from one scholar to another but the bottom line is that it aims at changing the existing educational system.
As a result, educational technologists have the skills necessary to succeed in a variety of professional settings. Among these are positions as instructional software programmers, course designers, designers of training materials, media professionals, and even computer teachers. Educational technologists are responsible for a variety of tasks, including but not limited to the creation of software and hardware computer programs, the development of projects and e-learning courses, the creation of instructional videos, and even the setting up of multiple learning management services.
Educational technologists are known worldwide for their incredible achievements within the field and how their innovations have led to considerable changes within multiple learning streams (Bond et al., 2020). An example of an influential educational technologist would be Anant Agarwal. He is known all over as the Founder and CEO of edX, which provides free access to courses from top world universities accessible to students online. He taught at the top level for over twenty-seven years as an electrical engineer and a computer scientist at MIT. He is viewed worldwide as a great educational technologist as his innovations have enabled multiple learners to appreciate and comprehend the importance of education at any level.
Learners are now able to get resources and other learning materials using the internet, which is one of the important innovations that has led to a change in the way that education is delivered. Because of this, educational technology has brought about substantial alterations within the realm of learning institutions, as ready-made technicians and practitioners constantly produce improved prospects. These sorts of dimensional shifts provide for better discovery initiatives, as technological pioneers, inventors, and even exceptionally talented students would be able to force their will on the situation by developing useful new approaches to the problem.
When a result, these established trends become landmark achievements as learning ventures dramatically improve, generating a generalized improvement in the quality of people’s lives across all industries. As a result, advances in education would take place in a manner that is more cohesive in its attributions as the component became easier to take into consideration (Bond et al., 2020). As a result, these kinds of structured reforms produce an always expanding social inclusion, as educational technologists continually innovate and improve the way we find education and learning appealing. As soon as all the essential functionality is in place, global interactions become far more accessible.
Bond, M., Buntins, K., Bedenlier, S., Zawacki-Richter, O., & Kerres, M. (2020). Mapping research in student engagement and educational technology in higher education: A systematic evidence map. International journal of educational technology in higher education, 17(1), 1-30.
Discussion Board Week 3
The definition of educational technology has changed overtime. According to Flynt (2014), educational technology is a process that involves people, procedures, ideas, and devices for analyzing problems and creating, managing, and evaluating solutions that involve aspects of human learning. In 1994 Flynt’s definition and terminology changed, and instructional technology verbiage was introduced. Instructional technology is the “theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.” According to Lange (2019), education technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological process and resources. As technology and the integration of education continues these definitions will continue to change based on the expectation of the involvement of the technology.
Salman Khan is one example of an influential educational technologist who has influenced millions of students and teachers. Salman created the website Khan Academy in 2008. This non-profit was developed originally when Sal was helping his family members in math, and he uploaded his video to YouTube help offer at their own pace (NASA, 2018). This website now offers free content, videos, and step-by-step directions for multiple subjects and content areas. Sal was able to integrate his passion of teaching with technology to benefit thousands if not millions of people.
A personal connection to the material is that I am one of the millions that use Khan Academy to understand a topic or to help break a topic down with my students. As a parent, Khan Academy was a life saver to help my high school student with her math homework. Once I was able to walk through sample problems it would refresh my memory and I could then help my daughter with her homework. As a teacher, Khan Academy is helpful when a student needs more interventions or wants to learn about a specific topic, I can direct them to a link from Sal’s website. Khan Academy ties in well with CK-12, a free online textbook, when students are researching topics, and they love watching the videos for other class help as well. Sal’s passion of teaching, his development of content, utilization of a digital platform, and resources for achievement all make Khan Academy a success and Salman Khan an influential educational technologist.
Flynt, P. R. (2014). Content analysis of the theory base used in the conference proceedings of the Association of Educational Communications and Technologies (Order No. 10635947). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1964247551). http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.proquest.com%2Fdissertations-theses%2Fcontent-analysis-theory-base-used-conference%2Fdocview%2F1964247551%2Fse-2%3Faccountid%3D12085
Lange, A. A. (2019). Technology, instructional methods, and the systemic messiness of innovation: Improving reading fluency for low socio-economic elementary school students. Educational Technology Research and Development, 67(5), 1333–1350. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09675-2
NASA. (2018). Salman Khan – Khan academy: Education reimagined. https://www.nasa.gov/ames/ocs/2014-summer-series/salman-khan/