ETEC 511 (Winter 1 2010)

Foundations of Educational Technology
This course provides both a disciplinary tour and poststructuralist deconstruction of the foundations of e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, and new media.  It addresses the anthropological, economic, historical, phenomenological, philosophical, political, psychological, sociological, and spiritual foundations of educational technology along with a critique of these foundations.  These foundations are cast within a larger framework of ecological-natural, ethical-personal, existential-spiritual, socio-political and technical-empirical dimensions of technology with implications for curriculum and instructional design.  How, why and to what degree have media and technology been incorporated into, or changed by, education and what foundational structures underlie these processes?  How do the processes of foundation building shape educational media, technology or learning technologies?  What happens to e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, and new media if and when we can no longer rely on their foundations or when foundations shift?  This course is designed from a basis that educational media and learning technologies are not merely tools; educational premises are neither fully durable nor pliable; and actors or agents of education are not merely humans.  It begins with an exploration of the cultural and social foundations of education, and proceeds through disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations of e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, and new media and concludes with a critique of these foundations and the cultural studies of educational technology, learning technologies, and new media.

Download the ETEC 511 Syllabus (2010)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *