'...and what do you do?': Can we explain the unexplainable?

Barry, W. (2015) '...and what do you do?': Can we explain the unexplainable? In: Hopkins, D., ed. The Really Useful #EdTechBook. London: CreateSpace. pp. 23-34 ISBN 9781503110847

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Abstract

Unlike other occupations, the job title of 'learning technologist' does not elicit the same kind of shared, universal understanding of most other professions, such as teacher, doctor or solicitor. We find that even within our own communities of practice that it is a little difficult to explain or define what it is that we do. Furthermore, Browne & Beetham (2010) note in their report that there are "varying nuances" between the terms 'learning technology' and 'educational technology'. Thus, exasperating an already complex and divergent field that is still trying to make sense of the confusing and contradictory nature surrounding the terminology and interpretation of names and job titles that have been generated through the likes of definitions, lists, and socially constructed discourses.

In this book chapter, through my own personal experience, I will try and derive some sense of meaning behind those troublesome terms and consider how this impacts on how we, as learning professionals, are perceived from within and outside of our professional communities and institutions.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology
Divisions: Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit
Depositing User: Mr Wayne Barry
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 13:37
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 13:38
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13035

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