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Q9: Is the role of the educational technologist relevant to the contribution of the University to the wider knowledge economy?

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Rebecca Galley
25 August 2009

'...] the real challenge for education and training in the 21st century is to harness the technology effectively, and to help teach individuals how it can be best used to achieve their personal goals. There is a tendency to look on modern IT-related technology as a "parallel universe", somehow divorced from the real world...the truth is that it is part of our real world. Those who can effectively use the opportunities that technology can offer to enhance the timeless interpersonal and motivational skills can unlock the potential of the knowledge-based economy on which our future depends'. Weston (2008, p. 21)

What literature exists that affirms the role of educational technology and technologists as being strategically relevant to the knowledge economy?

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