The age of the educational technologist
Reflecting on the recent Tony Bates summary of 2021 Alastail Creelman fouses on the recently relevant role of the educational technologist. "Today we see a realisation of the need for comprehensive support for teachers in designing and running courses," he writes. "Now, when all teaching staff need support, the role of educational technologists and pedagogical development specialists has become a core function." Thus, "What is important now is that support for teachers is strengthened and professionalised." The key question, to my mind, is whether this need for support will continue, or will instructor competence plus better tech reach a point where support isn't really needed?
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