The Emergence of Educational Technology

  • Elizabeth Koh
  • John Lim
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 269)


This paper traces the emergence of Information Technology (IT) for educational purposes. It begins with a discourse on the relationship between culture and educational technology. A key premise is that culture is an important influence in education. Similarly, the evolution of educational technology is very much intertwined with culture. This paper traces educational development from the traditional times to modern times. Educational technology was initially viewed as technology in education, a sole focus on IT tools. Subsequently, a holistic perspective of the educational system was adopted, termed the technology of education. In this larger view, educational technology is informed by research from learning theories and other educational research. The paper elaborates on these theoretical underpinnings with some examples of educational technology before concluding with implications for practitioners and researchers.


Educational technology E-learning Online education Culture History of education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Koh
    • 1
  • John Lim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems, School of ComputingNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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