Educational Technology

Executive Summary

Educational technology, also known variously as e-learning, instructional technology and learning technology is the use of technology to support the learning process.   Though technology is used widely in the administration and management of education (i.e. student records, marketing, procurement, finance etc, for research purposes, educational technology is only concerned with technology as it impacts upon the learning process, such as delivering learning materials, facilitating communication and providing course assessment and feedback. Over the years, society’s use of technology has become more frequent and complex.   The demand for knowledge increases exponentially, with e-learning emerging as a major channel for meeting this demand.   The key to a successful future educational technology is software and how it will be utilized.   The future will be enhanced by software with PACE (presentability, accountability, customizability, and extensibility) characteristics.  


Research has shown that the era of pervasive technology has very significant implications for higher education.   Nearly two-thirds (63%) of survey respondents from the public and private sectors say that technological innovation will have a major impact on teaching methodologies over the next five years (Consortium & Glenn, 2008). “Technology allows students to become much more engaged in constructing their own knowledge, and cognitive studies show that ability is key to learning success,” says New York City-based Queens College vice-president of institutional advancement, Susan Henderson.

Presentability is how the software appeals to the user.   For e-learning students having three-dimensional graphics, enhanced stereo sound, and interactive devices that students can control and manipulate are all necessary elements of successful software.  
To enhance the appeal of the learning process, Software should also have varied presentation modes so it can be used the...