ERIC Number: ED257444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
An Educational Technology Center: A Proposed Organizational Structure.
Jelden, D. L.
The proposed organizational and activity structure for an Educational Technology Center would provide opportunities for educational research, hardware/software/courseware services, and training programs to prepare professionals in the field. Advances in industrial, communications, and educational technologies necessitate the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach to the upgrading of inservice teachers and for the preparation of new teachers entering the field. Noting that educational technology is a diverse, multi-disciplinary area of studies, this report recommends the removal of restricting bonds and the implementation of a more flexible approach that would provide coursework in a variety of disciplines. The administrative structure is explored using a model that identifies three main areas the center should address: instruction (technology of curriculum design, learning theories, and teaching/learning styles); research; and services. Operational activities that the center should participate in are also looked at, and elementary functions are identified under each of the three major headings. A collection of courses available to educational technology students in one institution is listed to demonstrate the types of skills needed and the interdisciplinary nature of the course offerings. (Author/THC)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Courseware, Education Service Centers, Educational Media, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Improvement, Organizational Development, Position Papers, Skill Development, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Development of Computer-Based Instructional Systems (Columbus, OH, May 13-17, 1984).