Elements of Educational Technology


“Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources” (Januszewski & Molenda, Ed., 2008, pg. 1).

Managing Learning

The element of managing continually assess the resources and processes of educational technology.

In reviewing the element of managing within the definition of educational technology, I began to see how the role of managing impacts the entire educational culture.  In short, managers within an educational organization must face numerous challenges on a daily basis.  These challenges range from improving educational effectiveness to identifying and selecting leaders.  Furthermore, managers must perform these challenges, by optimizing performance and transferring knowledge, across a culturally diverse landscape.  Ultimately, the diversity inherently existent within education is why managing is so important.

Within my organization, the element of managing is one of the single most important functions.  Essentially, managing of my organization involves setting goals and standards within an organizational environment, clearly communicating performance expectations, storing and processing important information, assisting individuals in accomplishing deadlines, and evaluating the overall results (Ivancevich, 2010, p. 251).  Basically, our managing is accomplished day-by-day and in response to the changing organizational environment, assignments, and responsibilities of the job.  Ultimately, our management process is designed to encourage effective leadership, while providing a framework that supports quality control and assurance (Ivancevich, 2010, p. 253).  In short, I believe our management process is very similar to the managing action referred to in the educational technology definition.

Overall, I believe the element of managing within the educational technology definition focuses on the organizational aspects of the various processes and resources involved in educational technology.  In short, the act of managing continually assesses the value and effectiveness of each process and resource used in facilitating learning.  Additionally, managing also considers the  instructor’s competence in a particular area so that the appropriate and ethical studies remain intact.  Obviuosly, this method is vital to continual performance improvement.  Thus, you can definitely see how important managing is in maximizing educational technology’s effectiveness.

Finally, to have an encompassing understanding of how managing impacts process and resources within an organization, you must examine the challenges modern-day education faces.  In the end, these challenges manifest themselves in a variety of things like: finding suitable teachers, intercultural understanding, career management, and student retention (Ivancevich, 2007, p. 98).  Ultimately, in identifying these challenges, researchers are able to see the overall affect educational globalization has on managing.  Subsequently, in solving these challenges, future managers might be able to provide the glue that defines educational technology for the next generation.


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Introductory Post: Goals

Hello everyone!  My name is Heidi Smith and I am excited to be continuing my education by obtaining a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at Boise State University.  Through examining my chosen degree program and the desires for my future, I began to realize how important it is for me as an individual to attend a university with a program that is focused on equipping and preparing me for the goals I intend on accomplishing in my current and future career.  Whether it is the education I employ in the workplace or the academics that I utilize in my personal life, I believe the EDTECH program at Boise State University will provide me with a solid foundation of knowledge that I will use in accomplishing my career goals throughout my entire lifetime.  Therefore, in stating these personal expectations, I believe Boise State University gives me confidence in their ability to not only aid me in obtaining an outstanding education through a balanced curriculum, but also help in obtaining the goals I have planned for my future.

Presently, I work as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. In this position, I train people on how to write appeals and submissions between the railroad companies and the railroad union.  Presently, we are seeking to integrate more technology in our training process, and I believe this program is ideal for achieving that goal.  After experiencing some of the Educational Technology program, I already feel confident in the unique opportunities it will provide me during the span of my career.  Specifically, by experiencing new ways of educating with technology, I believe the degree I receive, in the end, will aid me in securing my goal of becoming the technology trainer for the national chapter of our organization.

Finally, I believe the EDTECH program will help me in creating a better and more efficient environment for education and communication between the BLET local chairmen, the claimants, and the railroad companies.  In fact, as I am engaging in my first course in the EDTECH program, I find that I am already learning many useful tools to help me become more effective in my job.  Therefore, I believe the outcome of my entire educational experience at Boise State University will provide me with tools that will aid me in my life both personally and professionally.

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