Earlier this month I met with several dozen people at Georgetown University to discuss an unusual question: should educational technology become an academic discipline? Carl Straumsheim wrote up a fine account, not to mention the bits where he interviewed me.
The meeting raised some rich questions, and the main topic is quite stimulating, so I wanted to share various thoughts.
The meeting was premised on a sense of recent education and technology history. Organizers noted that the past few years have seen serious growth in online learning, combined with a new look at redesigning digital pedagogy, on top of recent concerns about the quality of undergrad education. The meeting also drew on the recent MIT report about online learning, specifically its call for connecting the emergent science of learning to pedagogical…
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