The Future of Instructional Technology Research

Professor Barbara Lockee of Virginia Tech, USA, discusses the impact that Instructional Technology Research is having on education.

The use of technology for learning has drawn tremendous interest from a variety of constituents hoping for promise of educational reform through its use. However, the history of research related to instructional technology has been well intentioned, but fraught with a variety of challenges related to focus and methodology. Examining the roots of inquiry in IT that began over a century ago, this presentation will trace the research trends in instructional technology, as well as draw from past experiences to propose productive areas of investigation for the future.

Professor Lockee gave this presentation at The IAFOR North American Conference on Education 2014 in Rhode Island, USA.

Professor Barbara Lockee

Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, USA, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 100 national and international conferences. Professor Lockee is Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organisation for educational technology researchers and practitioners.

Professor Lockee is a member of the Executive Council of IAFOR’s International Advisory Board, and International Director of Program for Technology, Education, Information and Society.

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