CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
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Trends and Priorities of Educational Technology Research: A Delphi Study

Xiaoman Wang 1, John Hampton 2, Albert D. Ritzhaupt 1 * , Kara Dawson 1

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 14, Issue 4, Article No: ep383

https://doi.org/10.30935/cedtech/12317

Submitted: 13 May 2022, Published Online: 07 August 2022

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As journal editors play an important role in defining and shaping academic discourse, knowing their opinions could likely prove beneficial for both current and future academic journal stakeholders. Within this vein, this study used the Delphi method to help build a profile on the trends and priorities within educational technology, from the unique perspective of the journals’ editors-in-chief. This expert panel—initially built from 117 national and international research journals—concluded with 25 editors-in-chief who finished all three rounds of the survey. Results indicated five emerging themes for trends and priorities: computer-focused, teaching and learning, online and digital education, societal, and research and theory. By exploring these current trends and priorities within educational technology, this study may provide meaningful insights to better understand the field as a whole and may also help scholars in their goal of publishing relevant, high-quality academic scholarship.

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