25 Years of Ed Tech is a serialized audio version of the book 25 Years of Ed Tech, written by Martin Weller of the Open University and published by AU Press. The audio version of the book is a collaborative project with a global community of volunteers contributing their voices to narrate a chapter of the book. Bonus episodes are a series of conversations called "Between the Chapters" to chat about these topics and more!
"In this lively and approachable volume based on his popular blog series, Martin Weller demonstrates a rich history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. From Bulletin Board Systems to blockchain, Weller follows the trajectory of education by focusing each chapter on a technology, theory, or concept that has influenced each year since 1994. Calling for both caution and enthusiasm, Weller advocates for a critical and research-based approach to new technologies, particularly in light of disinformation, the impact of social media on politics, and data surveillance trends. A concise and necessary retrospective, this book will be valuable to educators, ed tech practitioners, and higher education administrators, as well as students."
Text in quotes from the book website published by Athabasca University Press CC-BY-NC-ND
BG music Abstract Corporate by Gribsound released under a CC-BY license. Track was edited for time.
Artwork X-Ray Specs by @visualthinkery is licenced under CC-BY-SA.
Audio book chapters produced by Clint Lalonde.
Between the Chapters bonus podcast episodes produced by Laura Pasquini.
25 Years of Ed Tech Trailer
Trailer for upcoming 25 Years of Ed Tech audio book and Between the Chapters podcast.
Acknowledgments and Introduction
In this episode, author Martin Weller kicks off the audio version of the book with his book acknowledgements & the book introduction which establishes the major themes of the book.
Chapter 1: 1994 Bulletin Board Systems
Our historical review of education technology begins in 1994 with Bulletin Board Sustems or BBS and looks at how BBS laid the groundwork for much of the networked communications we now use on a daily basis. The chapter is read by Bonni Stachowiak host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.
Chapter 2: 1995 The Web
Even though it was invented in the late 1980s by CERN researcher Time Berners-Lee, 1995 marks the year that the World Wide Web burst into wide public consciousness. Initially dismissed as a passing fade by many in education, the web more than any other technology has gone on to profoundly alter not only education but society as a whole. Chapter 2 is narrated by Jeffery Saddoris.
Chapter 3: 1996 Computer-Mediated Comunication
Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) marks the point where the technology began to be used with pedagogical intent in education, providing support for emerging Constructivist models of learning. The use of CMC's also began to force questions of educators to explore the implicit assumptions involved in teaching & learning and begin to unpack those assumptions to meet the demands of CMC environments. This chapter is read by Laura Pasquini.
Chapter 4: 1997 Constructivism
Tim Carson, host of the Praxis Pedagogy podcast narrates chapter 4 1997 Constructivism. In this chapter, Martin explores not a specific technology, but a number of different pedagogical models & learning theories that became popular because of the increased use of networked technologies.