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What is an Instructional technologist


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This one page document describes the duties an instructional technologist typically does within an organization.

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What is an Instructional technologist

  1. 1. What is an Instructional Technologist? Instructional technology is a growing field of study which uses technology as a means to solve educational challenges, both in the classroom and in distance learning environments. Therefore, an Instructional Technologist is a practitioner in the field of instructional technology who blends ISD principles with knowledge of leveraging eLearning design tools such as the Adobe eLearning Suite with sound experience of LMS integration While instructional technology promises solutions to many educational problems, resistance from faculty and administrators to the use of technology in the classroom is not unusual. This reaction can arise from the belief - or fear - that the ultimate aim of instructional technology is to reduce or even remove the human element of instruction. However, most instructional technologists would counter that education will always require human intervention from instructors or facilitators. Many graduate programs are producing instructional designers, who increasingly are being employed by industry and universities to create materials for distance education programs. These professionals often employ e-learning tools, which provide distance learners the opportunity to interact with instructors and experts in the field, even if they are not located physically close to each other. More recently a new form of Instructional technology known as Human Performance Technology has evolved. HPT focuses on performance problems and deals primarily with corporate entities.