What does an Instructional Technologist do?

"What" an Instructional Technologist does is still under debate. What do I do? I do everything I can to improve student experiences and outcomes at the University of Washington. Most of that involves technology. Some of it is an eText pilot. Some of it is a student instructional team. Some of it is trying to think of how students can use technology to maximize institutional and life-long learning, and how to help give them initiative to do it.


Everything is involved in learning everthing. But, language is limited: Mnemonics, Cognitive Science, Storytelling, Language, Teaching a computer to tell a story, Educational freedom, Educational efficiency, Instructional Design, Open Educational Resources, Collaborative and Society-wide creativity, The influence of color schemes on powerpoint presentations, Literature, Film, Being able to learn a language in three months, Religion, Hermeneutics, The effect of education on society and politics, TV, Graphic Novels, Comic Books, Music, philosophy, etc - and creating distributivist frameworks for society and scholarship by flexible, non-traditional models, constructing knowledge-based technocracies through networks of information.

The big dream:

Ultimately, I dream of building a trusted platform for educational assessment, so that anyone, anywhere, can gain transparent recognition and certification for the knowledge they have gained. This platform would also free people to learn however they best learn, and to learn how they best learn, instead of being tied to a framework of "education" for a title or certification. I hope this will not displace personal mentorship, but instead refocus it on what it does best.

Ideally, this would also shift the focus of learning from objectives, facts, and curiculum to learning of educational skills (how to remember, research, create, present, etc).


The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
- George Gordon, Lord Byron The Destruction of Sennacherib