James D. Finn
James D. Finn (1915-1969) is considered a pioneer
of educational technology who viewed technology as much more than machines.
Finn was an education professor for two decades at the University of Southern
California, following service in the military in the instructional aids and
training departments at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He sought to elevate audiovisual
education to a professional field of study and to base it on research and
theory. He believed that technology encompassed processes, management and human
and non-human controls. Finn served as president of both the Association for
Educational Communications and Technology and the National Education
Association in the early '60s.