What are the ‘essential readings’ for new TEL and EdTech researchers?

This morning Mike Sharples gave a talk in IET about ‘EdTech 101.’ Below are a list of readings that he suggested throughout the talk for emerging researchers in TEL and educational technology:

What readings or resources would you add to the list? What are the ‘essential’ readings for PhD students or new researchers in educational technology?


2 thoughts on “What are the ‘essential readings’ for new TEL and EdTech researchers?

  1. I love a lot of the historical stuff, especially from Computer Science. Check out:
    – Vannevar Bush, the memex and his 1945 article ‘As You May Think’
    – Douglas Engelbart (inventor of the computer mouse, also a big thinker about ‘augmenting human intellect’ – see http://www.dougengelbart.org/pubs/augment-3906.html – and orchestrator of the most amazing technical demo in history, where the first GUI was shown, and first example of cut/paste etc. – just google ‘Mother of all demos’)
    – any of the ‘Triumph of the Nerds’/Nerds 2.0.1 documentaries
    – ‘Where wizards stay up late’ by Hafner and Lyon.

    I’d say that knowing who the giants are, whose shoulders we stand upon, counts as essential reading. Bush and Engelbart as essentials, the rest is just nice if you have the time.

    Liz (posting under the calrg account as I’ve forgotten my other WP password, grr)


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