Educational technology is a design field, and as such educational technology researchers should not only seek to add to the body of knowledge in the field, but also make the world a better place. However, the history of educational technology research suggests that we do not always take these dual responsibilities seriously enough. We need to pursue more socially responsible research, and educational design research provides a viable way. This lecture will address the issue of socially responsible research in the field of educational technology by describing several types of research goals and methods that can make a difference in teaching, learning, and performance around the globe. Special focus will be placed on educational design research that integrates the development of innovative solutions to practical problems in teaching and learning with the identification of reusable design principles. Design research protocols require intensive and extended collaboration involving researchers and practitioners. Specific examples of socially responsible educational design research agendas pursued by faculty and graduate students in collaboration with practitioners will be presented.
Prof. Reeves is a Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology, Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, College of Education, The University of Georgia. I was a Fulbright Lecturer in Peru and I have been an invited speaker in the USA and 30 other countries. From 1997-2000, he was the editor of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. In 2003, he received the Fellowship Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), and in 2010 he was made a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).
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