IT595 Week 2

Topic: Instructional Technology as a Profession and Professional Associations

  • AECT. (2008). Definition. In A. Januszewski & M. Molenda (Eds.), Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary. Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Text: Reiser & Dempsey (Eds) (2011) Ch. 1, & 2

The goal of this session is for you to work on gaining an understanding of the definition of instructional/educational technology as a field. These activities will help you start getting a start on your Definition Concept Map and Professional Statement Assignment.

Asynchronous Activities on Blackboard Due Prior to Synchronous Class Meeting on 8/30

Due: Your post is due 8/27 at 7pm and your comments to other participants are due 8/29 at 7pm.

  1. Definition of the field discussion
    • In our readings AECT (2008) the definition of the field put forth by a committee of AECT members is: Educational Technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Educational Technology is somewhat unique in its development and evolution of a field definition. Why do you think it is important to practitioners, academics, and researchers in the field to state a definition? Reflecting on the assigned readings from AECT (2008), and Resier and Dempsey (2011) , what is your opinion of the definition as stated above. Are there elements that you believe are omitted? Would you recommend any changes?

Due: Your post is due 4pm on 8/30 so that you can share it to others during synchronous class session.

Watch the lecture on concept maps before next class and complete tasks listed below.

You can download the story board to this lecture here.

  1. Create your definition of the field concept map draft
    • Based on the readings and your discussion forum create a draft of your definition concept map and share it on Blackboard by 4pm on 8/30. your to class with a draft of your definition concept map. In this process you will have to explore concept mapping tools. Some recommended tools include:
  2. Asynchronous Activities Support Material

Synchronous Activities on 8/30 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

Discussion Material


  1. Logistical check in
  2. Ground rules review discussion check in
  3. Asynchronous activities summary, synthesis, and whole group discussion
  4. Instructor Presentation
  5. Breakout Room Discussions (Discussion Activity)
  6. Whole Class Discussions



  1. Individual check in with instructor as needed and individual work time for class.

Last Updated August 30, 2012