Fall 2022 - EDUC 358 E100

Foundations of Educational Technology (3)

Class Number: 6426

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Wed, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • 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 development of software artifacts specifically for teaching and learning. Through readings, lab work, and on-line discussions, we will
survey several major traditions of research and development 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 some technologies are or are not adopted in K-12 schools


  • Participation 30%
  • Reflective documentation of learning with educational technologies 30%
  • Critical analysis of current issues and traditions of educational technologies 40%



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.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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