Fundamentals of Educational Technology | EurekAlert!

Over the years, due to the pandemic situation, the teaching/learning process in all educational institutions has undergone tremendous revolutions. Technology in education, referred to as educational technology has been defined in different ways, by different authors. But it means just the preparation and use of electronic, e-apps, and audio-visual aids which are used in the teaching and learning process. To others, it includes the planning, organization validation, evaluation, and implementation of all kinds of educational programmers. Yet to others, it means the selection of appropriate media, the development, and application of curricula, etc.

Apart from the traditional chalkboard approach, teachers have always tried to develop others, and perhaps easier means of transmitting vital information to learners, from time immemorial. Right from the medieval days, diagrams made on walls and floors, sticks, pebbles, objects, models, graphs, charts, displays, etc., have continued to play prominent roles in the efforts of the teacher to improve the teaching/learning process.

Technology is the result of man’s efforts to do things more efficiently. Technology in education, therefore, involves all the efforts made by individuals who function or wish to function very effectively in the profession of teaching to develop ideas, materials, equipment, and other resources necessary to enhance efficiency in education and training. Modern technology has provided equipment that combines audio and visual effects, and research has proved that equipment are better suited to teaching and learning than anything else. This is factual because learners understand more about subject matters when they see and hear about them simultaneously.

Across the world, computers are now taking over many operations usually performed by human beings. The role of computers in education and training cannot, therefore, be over-emphasized. Instructional computers of all shapes and sizes are now permanent features in many educational institutions in many parts of the world.

Key Features: – 6 organized chapters on the basics of educational technology and media – Simple reader-friendly organization of contents with relevant diagrams – Gives a historical perspective of the field – Gives an overview of digital and electronic tools for educators – Includes information about relevant teaching methods – Gives an overview of the role of electronic and digital media in education – Includes a section on the ethical use of educational technology Fundamentals of Educational Technology serves as a basic guide for educational instructors and administrators on educational technology and its role in teaching and designing educational programs at all levels.

About the Authors:

dr. Shareef received an MSc in digital communications networks in 2005 from London Metropolitan University, UK, with distinction. He worked as an expert in the ICT Center at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 2007. He joined the School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering at the University of East London, UK, as a Ph .D. student in April 2009. He completed his Ph.D. successfully in 2012. In addition, he has published various papers along with participation in reviewing various conference papers and international journals. He is also a member of many professional bodies in his area of ​​specialisation. He became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK in 2011. He worked as a head of the Software and Informatics Engineering Department from 2012-2017 in the College of Engineering at Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq. Furthermore, Shareef worked as a Dean of the College of Education and Languages ​​at Lebanese French University, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, along with the Director of Postgraduate Studies from 2017-2021. He supervised many MSc and Ph.D. students in his area of ​​specialization. Currently, he is a lecturer in the Software and Informatics Engineering Department at the College of Engineering at Salahaddin University.

Prof. dr. dr. Vinnaras Nithyanantham is working as a Professor in Education at Lebanese French University, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. He has completed his Masters in History from St. Joseph’s College Tiruchirappalli, Masters in Education from St. Xavier’s College of Education, Tirunelveli, Masters in Psychology from the University of Madras, Chennai, and PhD in Education from Manonmaniam Sundranar University, Tirunelveli, India . He has teaching and research experience of nearly 17 years. He has served as a principal (Dean) of a college. He has been working as a vice principal and Assistant professor at Loyola College of Education, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, for nearly 11 years. He has guided nearly 15 Masters and PhD scholars. He has published many articles in international journals and presented papers in many conferences on a global level. He is the author of a book with 7 editions. He is the Editorial member of 7 International journals and he has participated in nearly 170 international and national conferences, seminars, and workshops as a chief guest, speaker, presenter, and participant. He is a foreign external evaluator of Doctoral thesis

Keywords:

Digital Education, Decentralized Communication, Educational Game, Virtual Environment, Technology Integration, Online World, Technology, Digital Divide , Entertainment-Design, Digital Learning, Visual Class, Electronic Means, Student Engagement, Information Network, E-readiness, Online Community, Digital Media, Digital Code, Digital Software, Digital Security

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