One of the themes of this book is the emergence of a critical voice in educational technology, which emphasizes the human and social role of ed tech. Histories of technology are often dominated by male inventor stories, and as a counter to this, I would like to acknowledge the important work of many women in educational technology. The following writers and researchers have all had a significant impact on my own thinking and more broadly helped shift the dialogue in educational technology away from an unquestioning technological solutionism and male culture. Educational technology is at a key juncture in its development, and if it is to continue to benefit learners, educators, and society more generally, then the presence of such voices will be essential. I would like to thank Maha Bali, Sian Bayne, Helen Beetham, Frances Bell, Kate Bowles, Lorna Campbell, Amanda Coolidge, Catherine Cronin, Laura Czerniewicz, Maren Deepwell, Robin DeRosa, Josie Fraser, Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, Donna Lanclos, Diana Laurillard, Tressie MacMillan Cottom, Sheila MacNeill, Tannis Morgan, Joyce Seitzinger, Bonnie Stewart, and Audrey Watters, among many, many others. Their work has made ed tech a better place for everyone.
In addition, I would like to offer my thanks to George Veletsianos, Connor Houlihan, and all the staff at Athabasca University Press who have provided such excellent advice and help in bringing this book to publication and for making open access book publishing a reality.