There has been no shortage of enthusiasm for the transformative potential of educational technology.

In 1922, Thomas Edison assured us that “the motion picture…will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks.” Writing in 1972 to advise the Carnegie Commission on the role of technology in higher education Eric Ashby forecast that: “The technology … that has had such a profound impact on American society generally in recent decades promises to have powerful influences on higher education as well.” Further, Thomas Friedman in writing about MOOCs in 2013 claimed that “nothing has more potential to lift more people...

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About the Author:

Adrian Sannier is the chief academic technology officer for EdPlus at ASU and a professor of Practice in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Engineering at Arizona State University. He is part of the ASU team pursuing an ambitious program of general education reform that Inside Higher Education called “ground zero for data-driven teaching in higher education,” combining Big Data, social networking, and evidence- based instruction to drive better student outcomes at scale.