In this talk Martin Weller will examine some of the key technologies over the past 25 years that have been influential in education. He argues that an understanding of a history of ed tech is important to counter a “silicon valley” narrative, and to ensure that lessons are learned about effective implementation of technology. By examining some of the prominent technologies, key themes and patterns can be extracted. The talk is based on his openly licensed book – 25 Years of Ed Tech.
Professor Martin Weller – The Open University, Great Britain
Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University (Great Britain). His interest has always been in the application of new technology to academic practice. He leads the OER Hub research team, running a portfolio of projects examining the impact of open educational practices. His main research area is in open education and digital scholarship and he has authored two books on those subjects – The Digital Scholar and the Battle for Open (both available under open licence). By his own admission he is a regular and reasonably well known blogger at The EdTechie.