GENESIS

The Department of Educational Technology established in September 1990 as an interdisciplinary department offers research programmes and professional courses at the post graduate level in the fields of education, e-learning and educational communication. Skills of the students are honed for inventive accomplishment and service to society through institutional dedication to superior learning and career preparation. The curriculum integrates the talents of students with their personal visions and aspirations. The approach to learning is interdisciplinary and the post graduate programmes have been designed with the objective of creating a new breed of professionals having appropriate values and ethos.

RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

The department conducts M.Phil and Ph.D programme in educational technology (interdisciplinary) from the academic year 1991-92. The chief aim is to enhance students understanding of important concepts, theories, models and current events in education and technology at higher level. The researchers are trained to develop creative and critical thinking about education, media and communications concepts.
The research scholars are encouraged to undertake research projects for professional presentation in seminars, conferences and publications. Doctoral courses claim active roles for students in intellectual exchange with both faculty and fellow students.
The Faculty members and Scholars have published over 100 research articles in the area of Media Research, Computer Education, and Technology in education and Distance Education. One of our faculty members have received grant for two major research projects from UGC and NCERT in the area of CAI.

UGC INNOVATIVE SCHEME

The UGC has selected the Department of Educational Technology to conduct M.A Educational Communication under the innovative programmes – Teaching and Research in interdisciplinary and emerging areas with a grant of rupees 38 lakhs and 2 lecturers.

Thrust Areas of Research

ICT in Education, Advanced Multimedia and Internet based Instructional programmes, Designing e-learning environments, Education for sustainable elementary education, Evaluation and research in education, Cognitive science, Multimedia Content creation process

Completed research projects

Early childhood education, Special education, E learning and multimedia package production, Learning from media, Formal and informal learning

On going Research projects

Information technology and productivity challenge, Multimedia and graphics applications, Cyber learning, Instructional psychology and technology, Design and development of instructional software, Internet resources for education and training

POST GRADUATE COURSES

M.Sc Electronic Media (Education)

A two year programme in Electronic Media (Education) that requires having an aptitude for communication, media and teaching/learning principles.

M.A Educational Communication

A two year programme in Educational Communication that aims at developing the expertise to become educational media personnel who can develop and validate instructional materials using audio, video and computer technology.

M.Ed

The M.Ed is a professional, graduate-level degree that emphasizes on applied coursework and usually requires completion of a field-based experience. They become a part of the critical mass of students, educators, and faculty addressing important issues in education and human development.

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

  • The curriculum framework for M.SC Electronic Media (Education) & M.A Educational Communication focuses on: Graphics and Animation, Web Designing, Audio and Video (Pre-Production and Production), Audio and Video (Post Production), E-Learning and Educational Technology.The papers enable the students to understand the principles of psychology of learning, types and significance of communication technology in learning, develop necessary skill in the use of selected multimedia applications in teaching learning process.
  • The curriculum framework for M.Ed emphasis on: Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education, Advanced Educational Psychology, Curriculum Principles and ICT.

PROJECT WORK AND INTERNSHIP

The internship is a unique activity of the PG programme. It involves a three months internship for the students in the area of media and e-learning software companies. Training and internships are specially geared towards preparing students for their professional careers. The intention is to catalyze professional qualities, so that they can take up positions of enhanced responsibilities on completion of the course.


DEPARTMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

Library:

The department is provided with in-house library. It has sufficient amount of books, journals, newsletters, in the area of education, media and communication. The department has developed an online library information website and aptitude testing website (www.skillstack.com).

Seminar Hall

A spacious seminar hall with smart classroom facility is available.

Internet Facility

Faculty members, post graduate students and research scholars are allowed free internet access in the department with provision for multimedia accessories.

Multimedia Lab

The lab in an air conditioned room has a server and 15 PCs with recent hardware configurations. All computers are installed with multimedia kit (CD/DVD writer, headphone with mike, etc), and the software of recent versions.

Here the students are able to transform the creative ideas into actions, and are trained in Macromedia Flash, Actionscript, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Javascript. Students practice to prepare computer-based & web-based e-learning materials using Macromedia Flash and Actionscript. The skill to use Macromedia Dreamweaver for developing websites and web-based e-learning materials are trained. The computer terminals in the lab are also installed with Photoshop, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Adobe Captivate, and other software to develop e-learning products.

Video Studio

The department has a State-Of-Art studio with all modern facilities to produce and edit audio and video. Here the students gain hands on experience to present their visual ideas and achieve the best sequence of video.

The studio has professional cameras, microphones, converters, etc for producing audio and video programmes, and two editing suites installed with ProTools and Avid Xpress, the audio and video editing software respectively. Here all aspects of audio & video recording and non-linear audio & video editing are taught to the students.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The course exposes the learners to industry professionals and provides assistance to develop the connections they need to achieve good career prospects. By the time the students complete their post graduation, they will have necessary skills and technical ability to be hired by professional bodies.

Students are likely to get placed as: Instructional Designer, Content Experts, Content Manager, Content Developer, Subject Matter Expert, Audio/video Experts Animators/graphic professionals, Web Visualizers, and Curriculum Developers. Apart from this students can also work as free lancers; they are equipped with enough potential skills to start a business of their own.

PLACEMENT RECORDS

The students are offered positions employers who value our students’ intensive coursework and internship. The students are placed at organizations such as:

Sathyam Medrech Jaya Television channel
Hurix EMRC Star Vijay
Accenture AVRC C-DIT (Kerala)
Everonn Mc.Millan Pubishers Sify


ALUMNI WALK

The department of Educational Technology, Alumnus has formed an alumni association for the welfare of their fellow mates. The Electronic media association formed in the year 2003 was inaugurated by Mr. Lenin, Film Editor. The alumni association exists to engage alumni in a life-long partnership for the advancement and mutual interest of the alumni and the university.

Address

Department of Educational Technology
Bharathiar University
Coimbatore - 641 046
Tamil Nadu. India.