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Educational Technology

Educational technology, sometimes referred to as EdTech, is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.

Where to get help

Self Help Site


The Media Center

And your Instructional Technologist (contact info on right)


EduCause Campus Technology
The Chronicle of Higher Education Ed Tech


This guide aims to accomplish these things:

  • Introduce the growing field of Educational Technology
  • Highlight resources to help faculty and students understand and use technology smarter
  • Discuss academic studies on the effectiveness of various teaching models using technology
  • Offer other related resources.

Technology has been influencing and interacting with education since the introduction of written text. As technology continues to advance at an ever-increasing pace, the need for professionals to work in this nexus becomes paramount to good education. In fact, a 2010 U.S. Department of Education study found that “Students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction” and, notably, “Instruction combining online and face-to-face elements had a larger advantage relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction.” This guide pays particular attention to academic technology in the Liberal Arts context.

Resources on OWU Campus

Classroom Tech Resources on Campus

  • 6 interactive white boards, 1 in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 2 in Phillips, 3 in Sanborn
  • Projectors or flat panel HDTVs in nearly every classroom
  • At least 14 HDTVs, in Beeghly, Chappelear, Corns, Elliot, Hamilton-Williams, Phillips, Schimmel-Conrades, and Sturges teaching spaces
  • 7 Apple TVs, in Beeghly, Corns, Meek, Pfeiffer, and Schimmel-Conrades
  • 3 interactive response systems (clickers) in Corns, and Schimmel-Conrades
  • Many faculty with wireless mice, laser pointers, and other mobile devices, such as iPads and Android tablets
  • Two 3D printers, in Haycox and Schimmel-Conrades

To find out where particular equipment is check Ad-Astra at That's also where you go to reserve a space with your desired equipment.

  • Information Services also has several items that may be borrowed to try out, including a Chromebook, Google Glass, Microsoft Surface, Samsung AllShare Cast Hub, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

For assistance using any of it, please contact the Help Desk.