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(brief) history of IET

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University

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(brief) history of IET

  1. 1. A (brief & probably inaccurate) history of IET With thanks to Lesley McGrath and Patrick McAndrew
  2. 2. History is tricky! • Jan 1969 – establishment of An Applied Educational Sciences Unit • July 1969 – Council approves • Mar 1970 - Proposal for this to become IET • Jul 1970 - approval of IET staffing and cost
  3. 3. • The Need for an IET (6.19, 13.54) • https://www.open.ac.uk/library/digital- archive/program/video:00525_8911 • David Hawkridge (7.15): • https://www.open.ac.uk/library/digital- archive/program/video:00525_7074
  4. 4. “Open to people, places, methods and ideas”
  5. 5. Pre-internet ed tech • Educational use of text was big! • Home experiment kits • Summer schools • TV/audio • Student evaluations • IET embedded in module design
  6. 6. The questions IET asked: • How could the text in printed units be effectively formatted to encourage interaction between the reader and the text? • What assessment methods worked effectively? • What is the best use of video or audio cassettes within a course structure? • How effective were residential summer schools?
  7. 7. The digital shift – late 80s • CDs • Multi-media • Simulations • Replacing analogue
  8. 8. The internet – mid 90s • MA ODE • Online graduation • CMC • Open conference • Ed tech now = online
  9. 9. To now • Open education • Assessment • Learning design • Mobile learning • AI • Learning analytics • The innovations in ed tech have a place here
  10. 10. Some IET trends • Push n pull with tech • Research folding into practice (also struggle to do this) • A good/bad relationship with faculties • Reviews! • Excellent external reputation • Appropriate criticism
  11. 11. Conclusion • IET is central to the OU’s operation • If it didn’t have one, it’d invent one now

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