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ETEC 511 History of Educational Technology: Discourse Leadership:
Learning Module: Overview :: Audio - Paul & Petrina (2002) :: Reading #1 - Moody (1999) :: Reading #2 - Petrina (2004) :: Reading #3 - Petrina (2002) :: Wiki Activity :: Twitter BackChannel Discussion :: Conclusion
DLG Foundations: Learning Theory :: References

Created and Facilitated by: Rachel Bronk, Sharon Hann, Emily Jarvis, Aaron Mueller and Andrew Olson

Please begin by reviewing the overview below, then checking out the Wiki Activity and Twitter BackChannel Discussion before you proceed through the summaries and questions

Remember this?

Why was this so memorable? What made it effective? What educational limitations are inherent in presenting information in this way? How does it compare to having the information delivered by a teacher? How does it compare to having the information 'discovered' and generated by the learners? Is there still (or was there ever) a place for media such as this in the classroom, be it physical or virtual? Are there indicators that reveal the era and climate in which this was produced? Does it matter? Does the fact that this is a commercial production matter? How long has education been commercialized?


  • to reflect upon personal interactions with educational technology both as a student and as an educator.
  • to understand the evolving viewpoints regarding educational technology.
  • to consider trends within education technology - and education in general - within the larger historical context in which they are situated.
  • to recognize that technological artifacts in educational settings extend far beyond the recent focus on computers and internet, and to compare the impacts of this range of technologies on teaching and learning.

The Process

To proceed through the module, please follow the links in navigation area at the top of the page through each of the readings and discussion questions. Within each of the pages, you will find a summary of the reading, as well as accompanying questions to clarify, and hopefully extend your thinking about the topics. The discussions will unfold within Vista and we encourage you to think deeply about one question per reading, rather than try and tackle them all. Additionally, there is one interactive wiki activity and a Twitter component. We look forward to your insightful contributions! Don't forget to visit the conclusion tab at the end of the week to reflect on your learning.