EDCP 571 (Winter 1 2017)

History of Media and Technology in Education
From Twentieth to Twenty-First Century Learning — proceeding from Edison and motion pictures, McLuhan’s new media, to the proliferation of mobile devices, social media, and massive open online courses, this course will explore issues such as how, why, and to what degree media and technology have been incorporated into, or changed by, education over time. Some historians argue that media and technology have been an imposition on humanistic curriculum practices; others describe media and technology as the principle means of progress in administration, learning and teaching.  Some lament the separation of curriculum from instruction via media and technology, and subsequent displacement of instructional labour by capital; others champion the creativity and intellectual productivity that media and technology seemingly nourish.  Taking a comparative historical approach, this course is designed from a basis that educational media and technologies are not merely tools; educational premises are neither fully durable nor pliable; and actors or agents of education are not merely humans.


  1. EDCP 571 Syllabus (2017) pdf | Access course materials on Canvas
  2. EDCP 571 Syllabus (2011) pdf


Download the 571 Lectures:

  1. EDCP 571 Lecture Notes (19 October 2011)
  2. EDCP 571 Lecture Notes (12 October 2011)
  3. EDCP 571 Lecture Notes (15 September 2011)


  1. Student Essay Assignment examples (*Please do not circulate)
    1. Tamara Wong (2010). ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’: A Close Look at Eighteenth Century Pedagogy According to John Locke and Robert Lowth.
    2. Aaron Mueller (2009). The Evolutionary Library.
    3. Michael Haworth (2008). Past Performance and Future Outcomes Reviewing Three Past and Current Educational Technology Projects In British Columbia.
    4. Paul Klintworth (2008). Looking to the Past: A Comparative History of UK and US Educational Technology.
  2. On Historiography (Petrina, 1993)
  3. On Progressivism (Petrina, 1993)
  4. What is Historical Research? (Petrina, 2008/2011)
  5. History of Curriculum & Technology (Petrina & Rusnak, 2010)
  6. History of Educational Media & Technology (Historiographic Review Essay) (Petrina, 2002)
  7. Automation of Education (Petrina, 2004)
  8. “Leaping Fjords and Conquering Mountains: A Chronology of Technological Triumph, Zealotry and Utopianism In B.C. Education” (Roger Boshier, 1999)

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