Edtech – look how far we’ve come…

cc licensed - thanks http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/9370932025/Nostalgia time.

Wind your mind back 21 years ago to 1992. The Cold War officially ended, Shane Warne took his first Test wicket, Miley Cyrus was born, and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ knocked off Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ on top of the Billboard 200. Video discs were also gaining popularity, even though it would take another three years for an agreed standard to emerge.

Remember video discs? No – neither do I.That year I was an undergrad at Adelaide Uni, living in a share house and in my second year of a maths degree. Oh, and I had hair – sigh…

Allan Christie (my boss, founding father of NetSpot and former academic at UniSA) was however already forging ahead in 1992 into the brave new world of technology in education. He came across the document below discussing the new and exciting world of using video disc technology to support learning in the School of Nursing, and after a quick flick through I had to make a quick post to share it with the world.

I could write a long reflective blog post about the content of this as I look at some of the terms used, benefits claimed and challenges evident in comparison to some of the things I see and hear today in 2013, but I think this one is better shared and left to the reader to draw their own inferences from. I hope anyone reading it finds it as interesting a read as I have.

All I’ll say is that I am continually reminded of how much I have missed out on in the ed tech in the last twenty years, and at the same time how much I haven’t.

Many thanks to Allan for allowing me to share this one.

2 thoughts on “Edtech – look how far we’ve come…

  1. OMG! Video discs! Gosh, they only seem like yesterday. Good post.

    It got me thinking, though, that one of the things that makes video so powerful now is that we can play small snippets of a particular video. Back then, rewinding and selecting particular portions of any video was hard to do. It’s not only our ability to make video that has made video so effective in teaching, it’s that we can make short videos, and the user has complete control over playback. We never had that with older video technology.

  2. Ah, the vanguard. And look where we are now … You can create things but not the intentions in which they will be used.

    The line “I have found that students readily accept new ways of learning particularly if those methods are student rather than teacher-centred.” is so wonderful in its intent but drained of the, presumed here, meaning in the ‘real world’.

    Reminds me of Thoreau line that “all our inventions are but improved means to an unimproved end.” What is the point of having the technology if we are still, decades later, asking the wrong, superficial questions about who does what in the learning process, for whom, to what end(s) and how important, ethical even, those ends are.

    Cheers Mark.

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