Assignment 1 | People in the field (Individual)

This assignment aims to introduce you to individuals in the field and their contributions. Your task is to research an individual’s work and contributions, and in 200-250 words describe who they are, why you selected them, and what aspect of their work is important to the field. Within your description, include at least 3 links relevant to this individual. For example, if this person is an active blogger, it would be helpful to include a link to their blog (which, then the rest of us can use to add to our  RSS reader). It might also be helpful to link to specific work they did (e.g., a software they developed, a paper they wrote) or interviews with them (such as for example this interview with Dr. Marta Mena or this podcast with Prof. Laura Czerniewicz). You do not need to limit yourselves to researchers and professors or people who are living, but please select individuals whose work lies at the intersections of learning and technology.

As in many other fields of study, the contributions of women, indigenous people, people of colour, and people from other marginalized communities often remain invisible. This situation impacts all of us because any work that helps us improve the ways we teach, learn, and develop education is important work. To familiarize yourselves with the notion that there are ‘hidden’ histories in educational technology that are not part of the dominant narrative, and thereby people, prior to beginning your research read Watters (2014) Un-fathomable: The Hidden History of Ed-Tech (chapter 2) and skim her History of the Future of Ed-Tech (chapter 1). Who will you choose to shine a light on? I look forward to reading your posts! 

Value: 10%

Due Date

Your description is due on September 14 by 11:55pm. Please take September 15 to read (and potentially comment) on your peers’ posts.


As a blog post. Once you post it, submit the URL for your post to the Assignment 1 dropbox in Moodle.


Criteria Levels of Attainment Points
Individual identified Learner identifies a relevant individual and provides 2-3 links relating to the individual 20
Description Learner provides a clear, succinct, and relevant description of the individual and their contribution(s). 80