Instructional Technologist, “In Quotes”

December 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM 1 comment

In today’s New York Times roundup of buzzwords for 2008, the word “Edupunk” (attributed to “Edupunk Poster Boy” Jim Groom) was included, with the following definition:

A style of hands-on self-education that benefits the student without concern for curriculums or the interests of schools, corporations or governments. In other words, an autodidactic approach that spurns commercialism, mass-market approaches and top-down goal-setting. Coined by Jim Groom, an “instructional technologist” at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

I’m not sure why, but putting the phrase “instructional technologist” in quotes struck me as somewhat disparaging. Maybe, as a budding instructional technologist, I’m just overreacting. Maybe the author of this piece was just unfamiliar with the term and expected his audience would be too. In any case, I thought it worth reproducing, so that we can all have a good laugh at the NYT in a few years when everyone (even writers at the New York Times) know what Instructional Technology is and does in higher education.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Harold Jarche  |  January 1, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Paul Saettler’s “History of Instructional Technology” was published in 1968, which could lead one to think that the field certainly dates to an earlier time. The article must have been written by a “journalist”.


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