What is Instructional Technology? • A broad term • Deals with the process of using technology for instruction • Describes the technologies that facilitate access to information of all types. • Acquisition, processing, storage, and dissemination of information in all of its forms. • Evaluation, management, and integration of instruction with tools available.
What do Instructional Technologists do? • Identify and analyze problems of instructional design. • Devise and implement solutions to those problems. • Integrate people, procedures, ideas, and devices for the purpose of providing tools which enhance the learning process.
What is Educational Technology? • Development of teaching and learning • Applies theories of instruction, learning, behavioral and cognitive psychology to assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional material. • Applies research, theory, technologies, and psychology to solve instructional and performance problems. • The particular approach used to achieve the ends of education.
What do Educational Technologists do? • Design instruction • Produce instructional materials • Manage instructional computing services or learning resources collections. • Apply theories of cognition and research to utilize technology for the benefit of the learner.
My personal definition:Instructional Technology is: • The use of technological processes as a tool specifically for teaching and learning which facilitates access to information of all types.
My personal definition: Educational Technology is: • The application of theory, technology, and psychology to achieve the goal of education and enhance the learning of individuals.
Conclusion • It would seem that Instructional and Educational Technology are synonymous. The simple definition for each makes the distinction of their difference: • Instructional Technology is the tool. • Educational Technology is the procedure for using that tool.