Fall 2021 - EDUC 358 E100

Foundations of Educational Technology (3)

Class Number: 5282

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    WMC 2503, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units.



A survey of major traditions of research and development in educational technology, including the arguments and assumptions they make about what constitutes a valuable educational outcome. Focus on analyzing and understanding educational technologies as cultural tools that are both shaped by and in turn shape teaching and learning in K-12 schools.


This course offers an introduction to the field of Educational Technology, with an emphasis on efforts to support school reform through the design and development of technological innovations specifically for teaching and learning. Through readings, online discussions and activities, and optional in-class sessions, we will survey several major traditions of research and development (R & D) in this field. Two strands of inquiry span the course. First, we examine the different arguments and assumptions that each tradition of R&D in Educational Technology has made about how learning happens, what constitutes a valuable educational outcome, and how we would know if it was achieved. Second, we examine the varying ways in which innovators in the field have attempted to prove the worth of their innovations to educators, and achieve more widespread influence. The second strand may be of particular interest to prospective developers of educational technology innovations.


At the end of this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with several different ways that scholars have thought about (and continue to think about) technology-assisted learning
  • Become familiar with different kinds of evidence and arguments that have been used to promote learning technologies over time
  • Become familiar with some major developments in learning technologies
  • Understand the major reasons why technologies are or are not adopted in K-12 schools


  • EdTech media critique 20%
  • Participation 35%
  • Analysis of a tradition in educational technology R&D 45%



A detailed syllabus with specific readings and media will be made available on Canvas. All required texts will be listed on Canvas and accessible through the SFU Library system or other publicly available, free sources.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.