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What is EdTech?

Educational technology, often referred to as "EdTech," is the study and practice of designing effective instruction using technology, media, and learning theory. EdTech is a growing profession with a rich history. "EdTechers" work in K-12 schools, higher education, and businesses where they use instructional design to create lessons, online classes, tutorials, help centers, and training programs.

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What is EdTech? Caleb Clark

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Foundations of EdTech

Every professional discipline has its fundamental concepts. In EdTech it's called Instructional Systems Design (ISD). ISD has many variations, most of which are offshoots of a model known as A.D.D.I.E. (right), which stands for:

  1. Analyze the challenge to determine the best solutions. Do performance assessments and task analysis. Decide what to build. It could be a paper-based tutorial, web page, website, online class, in-person training, software system, help desk, or mobile support tool.
  2. Design it. Test rough drafts with actual learners. Make changes.
  3. Develop it into a working unit. Test it. Get it running smoothly in the system it will be delivered in, such as a website.
  4. Implement it within the organization. Manage the change it brings. Test it. Institutionalize it. Inculturate it.
  5. Evaluateits effectiveness. Does it teach what it is supposed to? How do you know?

Theories and Practices

Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism form the backbone of the learning theories in educational technology. New potential theories are constantly emerging as well, such as Connectivism. See below for videos on these theories.

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Our Offerings

Our classes are "blended." They utilize the best aspects of meeting both in-person and online. In-person classes are held on weekends, every two weeks, in Brattleboro, Vermont. Online work is done between face-to-face meetings using our Moodle-powered learning management system.

  1. Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology (MAT). 30 credits. 
  2. Certificate in Educational Technology. 15 credits.
  3. Educational Technology Specialist (ETS #42) Endorsement courses for Vermont licsensed teachers. 18 Credits.
  4. Continuing Education Program (CEP). Take a course!

Questions? please come visit us, email or contact Matt Livingston in admissions: (888) 258-5665 x209, or the program chair, Caleb Clark.

Example of a Potential New Learning Theory: Connectivism

Here's a short video called “The Networked Student” about Connectivism.

Example Of A Learning Theory: Behaviorism

“Identifying the Japanese Zero” Part I. One of the more famous World War II training films that used Behaviorism and starred Ronald Regan. Try it, you'll be surprised how effective the instruction is.

Part II, “Identifying the Japanese Zero”