Assignment 1 | People in the field (Individual)

Weller spent a lot of time writing about “things” like blogs, videos, textbooks, and “ideas” like constructivism, personal networks, and so on. In this assignment, I would like us to approach the field, its history, and its development from a different angle. I want 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 2 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 ourĀ  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 to in educational technology 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. There are ‘hidden’ histories in educational technology that are not part of the dominant narrative, and thereby people who remain invisible even though they do significant and valuable work. To get a sense of this for our field, prior to beginning your research take a few minutes to read Watters (2014) Un-fathomable: The Hidden History of Ed-Tech (chapter 2). In this assignment, therefore, I’d like you to think deeply about your choice. Who will you choose to shine a light on? I look forward to reading your posts!

Value: 15%

Due Date

Your description is due by September 20 by 11:55pm.

Submission

Your submission requires two steps:

  1. Post your assignment as a blog post so that others can also be introduced to more people in the field.
  2. Once you post it, submit the URL for your post to the Assignment 1 dropbox in Moodle.

Rubric

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