25 Years of Ed Tech

In this lively and approachable volume based on his popular blog series, Martin Weller demonstrates a rich history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. From Bulletin Board Systems to blockchain, Weller follows the trajectory of education by focusing each chapter on a technology, theory, or concept that has influenced each year since 1994. Calling for both caution and enthusiasm, Weller advocates for a critical and research-based approach to new technologies, particularly in light of disinformation, the impact of social media on politics, and data surveillance trends. A concise and necessary retrospective, this book will be valuable to educators, ed tech practitioners, and higher education administrators, as well as students.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction: The Historical Amnesia of Ed Tech 14
CHAPTER 01. 1994 - Bulletin Board Systems 22
CHAPTER 02. 1995 - The Web 26
CHAPTER 03. 1996 - Computer-Mediated Communication 32
CHAPTER 04. 1997 - Constructivism 38
CHAPTER 05. 1998 - Wikis 48
CHAPTER 06. 1999 - E-Learning 54
CHAPTER 07. 2000 - Learning Objects 60
CHAPTER 08. 2001 - E-Learning Standards 68
CHAPTER 09. 2002 - The Learning Management System 74
CHAPTER 10. 2003 - Blogs 80
CHAPTER 11. 2004 - Open Educational Resources 88
CHAPTER 12. 2005 - Video 96
CHAPTER 13. 2006 - Web 2.0 102
CHAPTER 14. 2007 - Second Life and Virtual Worlds 108
CHAPTER 15. 2008 - E-Portfolios 112
CHAPTER 16. 2009 - Twitter and Social Media 118
CHAPTER 17. 2010 - Connectivism 126
CHAPTER 18. 2011 - Personal Learning Environments 134
CHAPTER 19. 2012 - Massive Open Online Courses 140
CHAPTER 20. 2013 - Open Textbooks 148
CHAPTER 21. 2014 - Learning Analytics 154
CHAPTER 22. 2015 - Digital Badges 162
CHAPTER 23. 2016 - The Return of Artificial Intelligence 166
CHAPTER 24. 2017 - Blockchain 172
CHAPTER 25. 2018 - Ed Tech’s Dystopian Turn 180
Conclusions: Reclaiming Ed Tech 190
References 202
About the Author 222