|The Really Useful #EdTechBook|
Some time ago David Hopkins (@hopkinsdavid) came up with this wonderful idea of editing a book comprising chapters from lots of people engaged with #edtech on a daily basis and I was honoured that he asked me to be one of those authors, along with the likes of +Sheila MacNeill , +David Walker +Wayne Barry +Sue Beckingham and +Sharon Flynn (amongst many others).
The whole writing of the book was interesting in itself, with authors dotted all over the place working in Google Docs and engaged in discussion with each other. David conducted short interviews with each of us and at the time of mine, he was shacked up in a hotel room - for me something that really summed up the impact technologies have had on us all.
So my chapter attempts to take a view of Learning Technologists and the teams in which they sit within HEIs. I'm sure it's by no means a holistic picture but I think it sets the scene for the variations in both the roles and the teams. I consulted a few tweeps in the making to ensure that what I was writing was as accurate as can be.
As I was writing the chapter I thought about the various pressures on HE and the LT role in particular. It struck me that as we move to a post-digital era, and with continued financial pressures on institutions, the variations of the Learning Technologist will not cease any time soon. Who knows what's in store for us...
Anyway, you can buy the book, get on major eBook readers and there's also a cheeky pdf you can grab for free. Head over to David's blog here for more details.
Oh, and a big hats off to David and all the authors for achieving this in such a short period of time.
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