25 Years of Ed Tech
  • Martin Weller & Friends
53 episodes
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." Credits: 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.


Chapter 24: 2017 Blockchain
2021 Apr 1919m 25s
Of all the technologies covered in this book, blockchain is perhaps the most perplexing, both in how it works and in terms of its purpose in education. I include it because it received a lot of attention, but also because it is indicative of the type of hype that surrounds a new technology that does not seem to address a clear need. Read by Caroline Kuhn.
Between the Chapters #23 looking in the black box of A.I. with @hypervisible
2021 Apr 1543m 5s
Don't call it a comback... A.I. has been around higher ed for a while.
Chapter 23: 2016 The Return of Artificial Intelliegence
2021 Apr 1212m 44s
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an interesting case study in ed tech, combining several themes that have already arisen in this book: promise versus reality, the cyclical nature of ed tech, and the increasingly thorny ethical issues raised by its application. Read by Maha Bali.
Between the Chapters #22 open credentials & digital badges with @catspyjamasnz
2021 Apr 0838m 20s
What would an open/digital badge mean for your future of work? We talk about this and more on this book club episode for Chapter #22.
Chapter 22: 2015 Digital Badges
2021 Apr 0511m 26s
Digital badges are a good example of how ed tech evolves when several other technologies, such as those that we have seen in this book, make the environment favourable for their implementation. Badges allow for a more fine-grained representation of skills and experience gained in formal education than a degree classification. In this, they are an extension of the desire of e-portfolios to surface skills and competencies that are useful to employers. Read by Deb Baff.
Between the Chapters #21 analyzing the metrics & data in learning with @ammienoot & @dgasevic
2021 Apr 0147m 31s
Let's get behind the learning analytics and do better: “Because what we measure sends a message about what matters.” ~ @ammienoot
Chapter 21: 2014 Learning Analytics
2021 Mar 2915m 51s
Data, data, data. It’s the new oil and the new driver of capitalism, war, and politics, so inevitably its role in education would come to the fore. Interest in analytics is driven by the increased amount of time that students spend in online learning environments, particularly LMS and MOOC, but also the increased data available across a university, including library usage, attendance, demographic data, and so on. This chapter is read by Brenna Clarke Gray.
Between the Chapters #20 opening up a textbook & more access to learning with @acoolidge
2021 Mar 2541m 24s
Open means access for learning. It's not just about free textbooks and learning resources -- listen and learn more on this between the chapters conversation.
Chapter 20: 2013 Open Textbooks
2021 Mar 2212m 57s
If MOOC were the glamorous side of open education, claiming all the headlines and sweeping predictions, then open textbooks were the practical, even dowdy, application. An extension of the OER movement, and particularly pertinent in the United States and Canada, open textbooks provided openly licensed versions of bespoke written textbooks, with the digital version being free and printed versions at low cost. Read by Rajiv Jhangiani.
Between the Chapters #19 more about MOOCs with @sukainaw, @davecormier & @RMoeJo
2021 Mar 1856m 34s
Let's talk about MOOCs! Looking at the year of the MOOC (2012) and what we have learned/not learned about massive open online courses.