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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. "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. The Teaching with Technology program at Marlboro College focuses on the appropriate and effective integration of technology for greater educational outcomes.  

Edtech at Marlboro

We’ve developed a suite of EdTech programs to meet the diverse needs of the populations we serve. Whether you’re looking for a single course to satisfy your professional development requirements, or you’re looking for a full degree to launch a new career we’ll help you create a path to get where you want to be. Contact admissions or click on the links below to find out more about our programs.

careers in edtech

A master’s degree in teaching with technology will enable you to pursue well-compensated, fulfilling work in a steadily growing profession. Check out what our alumni are up to on our “Grads at Work” page.

  • K-12 Education: The MAT degree prepares students to meet the increasing need for technology-savvy educators in both public and private schools. This degree also qualifies licensed teachers in Vermont to apply for the Vermont Educational Technology Specialist endorsement.
  • Higher Education: Academic technologists support college and university faculty and staff in the use of learning management systems, distance education programs, and classroom technology. Moreover, they often work on the research, development, and implementation of new learning technologies.
  • Corporate Training: Corporate instructional designers work in areas such as performance improvement, web-based training, software support systems, help centers, educational outreach, and needs assessment.
  • Non-profit/Government/Military: Educational technologists help organizations manage grants, bridge the digital divide, and train the trainers.  They work in a broad spectrum of organizations, from foreign NGOs to children’s museums.

Search current US jobs on Indeed.com:

Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Department Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What is EdTech? Caleb Clark

Emmanual Ajanma MAT '16, capstone

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


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