The necessity of Analysis prior to Implementation: Situation, Superiority and Cost-effectiveness: An introspection for Educational Technology
Although there are always pros and cons of using technology for education, in the field of AECT, we tend to proclaim all the positive sides and avoid to discuss its negative influences toward education. Being the professional community that understand both technology and education more than any other academic groups, we, as scholars in AECT, need to add a role as technology filterer rather than technology promoter only. We should not neglect that technology may bring many negative impacts on education Including rapid outdating, costly and hidden expenses, face-to-face interaction reducing, learning disturbing and learning weakening.For finding out the most appropriate way of dealing with technology, it’s necessary to conduct some analysis before implementing any kind of e-learning, including: 1. Superiority Analysis, to check if the approach of using technology is really superior than any other options;2. Situation & Conditions Analysis: to take prescriptive principles to choose the best way of integrating technology (or not) to reach the goal based on certain situation and condition; and 3. Cost-effectiveness Evaluation: to compare the holistic cost (money, manpower, effort and time) and the gains and advantage to see if it’s worthwhile or not.
Prof. Shih-Chang Hsin (信世昌) Ph.D.
President, TAECT/ Senior Vice President, National Tsing Hua University
Professor, Division of Chinese as a Second Language.
Professor, Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University
Professor Shih-chang Hsin (信世昌) is the Senior Vice President and professor of Teaching Chinese as a Second language in National Tsing Hua University 國立清華大學 (Hsinchu, Taiwan), and as the President of Taiwan Association of Educational Communications & Technology (2017-18). Prof. Hsin received his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University–Bloomington, USA. He was visiting professor/scholar for some institutes including Free University (Germany), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and Harvard University (US). His research interests include Chinese language teaching, distance education and computer-mediated learning. Based on his expertise, he has been invited to be the consultant for Chinese language programs in several universities in Hong Kong and Singapore, and as the board member for many international associations. He has conducted distance Chinese learning projects with numeral institutes in high school and college levels in Japan, US and Germany. In addition, he has organized over 20 international conferences and published over 20 Chinese textbooks totally in Europe, Japan and Taiwan.