A new academic year, a new name for EDTEC!
I started the EDTEC Master's program in 1988 -- a full six years after the Dept became Educational Technology (rather than Educational Technology and Librarianship).
Some 6 or 7 years ago, EDTEC faculty began devoting a portion of each monthly meeting to lively discussion and debate about the merits of a name change. In Fall 2012, we finally got serious and followed through on our commitment to come up with a name that better reflects the field we so love and the work in that field that we (as practitioners) perform each and every day: Learning Design and Technology.
Ultimately we felt that Educational Technology had come to mean the unit within a school district that provides support for Smartboards and laptops. For us, it no longer reflected the broader academic discipline covered in our courses nor the wide range of jobs performed by our graduates--including instructional design, corporate training, performance technology and elearning.
Bottom line -- Learning Design and Technology (LDT) better delineates the kind of work in which we (and so many others) are professionally engaged. Both current and prospective students, alums, and community partners will more easily be able to "see" the theories on which the field draws as well as the varied roles field practitioners play and the vast array of supports and services they provide.
Marcie Bober-Michel, Department Chair.
Changes will be effective in the 2014/2015 Graduate Bulletin.