If there’s one book I’ve enjoyed above all others this year it has to be David Hopkins’ The Really Useful #EdTechBook. It’s been a while since I related as much to a book such as this one. All contributors are active in the field of learning technology and provide fascinating insights to the field.
Wayne Barry’s chapter ‘…and what do you do?” Can we explain the unexplainable?’ opens with a familiar scenario where someone asks what do you do? to a Learning Technologist. Barry remarks with the following;
“…unlike other occupations, such as teacher, mechanic, plumber, doctor and solicitor, the term ‘learning’ or ‘educational’ technologist does not elicit the same kind of shared, universal universal understanding of most other occupations. Even within our own communities of practice, we find it a little difficult to define what it is that we do.” (Barry, 24, 2015)
I can relate very well to many of the chapters within the book. My working research question for my dissertation is currently: An exploration of factors which affect academic use of the online learning environment from a creative arts perspective. Sharron Flynn discusses peer attitudes to learning technology as a factor of adoption in her chapter “Learning Technologists: Changing The Culture Or Preaching To The Converted?” which is something I’d like to explore further as part of my project.
All in all I’d fully recommend this book to Learning Technologists and Academics alike, it’s a great read fully of interesting opinions and articles and contributes expertly to the varied area of educational technology.
Barry, W. (2015). “…and what do you do?” Can we explain the unexplainable?. In: Hopkins, D., ed., The Really Useful #EdTechBook, 1st ed. David Hopkins, pp.23-34.