Learning Technologies, Effective or Not Effective?
Attempting to understand the evolution of learning technologies is complicated. Thomas Edison’s idea of moving pictures spawned many learning opportunities produced new knowledge and learning technologies. The market model of research has produced a new world where information is cheaper and easily obtained.
Why is it so hard to get schools to adopt learning technologies? This is not a new question or concern. From literature review, it was interesting to learn that the overhead projector is one of the few examples of learning technologies implemented in the school industry first. The challenge facing instructional designers to try new ideas and approaches and to encourage use is not a new phenomenon, which I find encouraging as an instructional technologist.
Research approaches and opportunities are numerous as the adaption process continues to be a struggle. Reflecting on my personal experience, I found it difficult to even locate a 1:1 K5 campus in Texas two years ago. Motivational factors that can improve the adoption process need to be studied to ensure that change is productive and leads to newly acquired direction and knowledge. How can we better match the needs of users? How can we better include users in the selection of learning technologies?
Blended approaches that consider global perspectives are often philosophical in nature. Philosophical reflections from descriptive, normative, and analytic methods assist in developing new questions and ideas to then quantify.
Educational research follows natural laws of science. Educational research is a field of science that attempts to define the human ability to transfer knowledge from one individual to another individual, from one individual to a group, from a group to a single individual, a group to another group. Learning technologies are carriers or storage vessels used to aide individuals ability to transfer knowledge.
Descriptive studies using surveys are often biased, contain leading questions, and many do leave out nonresponders. Surveys have to be purposeful. Interviews, observational research, and questionares must focus on questioning techniques and population. Approaches using visuals to summarize data was interesting to me. The arts again lends itself to be the universal medium to foster communications.