IIT Bombay introduces MTech program in educational technology

IIT Bombay –  Educational Technology (ET) is an interdisciplinary field, which lends itself to collaboration with researchers from varied disciplines to develop technologies supporting existing educational practices as well as to create technology-enhanced learning. With its PhD program well established since 2010, the Interdisciplinary Programme (IDP) in Educational Technology or ET at IIT Bombay has announced the launch of a new M.Tech degree program, and will welcome their first Master’s students in the Fall of 2019.

Citing a statement from the Institute, the report said that the program will screen learners from a diverse background with serious and core interest in improving learning and teaching using technology.

Objective

The broad objective of the M.Tech program is to build specialized ET workforce with student expertise in theories of learning and pedagogy; analysis, design, effective implementation and evaluation of learning environments; instructional design; research methodologies; translating research into practice, and working collaboratively on complex interdisciplinary projects.  IIT Bombay is one of the few premier institutes in the country with a strong ET program, working towards improving teaching and learning in education, noted the report.

Innovative Research-based solutions

Explaining the role of his department, Prof. Sridhar Iyer, Head of the Department at ET shared, “With a strong interdisciplinary focus, our Department contributes towards developing innovative research-based solutions for improving student learning and engagement. We emphasize on learning of abstract thinking skills, the creation of large-scale blended and online learning programs, development of emerging technologies for education, and learning analytics; all grounded in theories of learning sciences.”

Two-year Program

  • The two-year program will constitute course work, covering some integral areas of study such as emerging educational technologies, research methods and statistics, designing learning environments, adaptive learning
  • An eight-week-long summer field works for a holistic perspective of various disciplines involved in the domain and understand their interplay through practical experience and project work.

“Through our M. Tech program, we hope to contribute towards meeting the escalated need of qualified ET experts in research labs, curriculum design roles in schools/ colleges, industries for creating educational applications, training departments for online and remote trainings, and content creator industries for creation of technology-enhanced learning material and field implementation works,” Prof. Iyer added.

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is one of the Twenty three higher Institutes of Technology in the country set up with the objective of making available facilities for higher education, research and training in various programmes of Science and Technology.

The Institute has presented more than 10,000 students undergoing various UG Programme (B.Tech., Dual Degree, B.S., B.Des.) and PG Programme (M.Tech./M.Tech.+Ph.D. (Dual Degree)), M.Des., M.Phil., M.Mgt., EMBA, M.Sc., M.Sc.-Ph.D. (Dual Degree)) and Doctoral Programme (PhD).

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