Technology meets Teaching as Masters Degree Programme is Transformed

Published August 16th, 2007 - 09:03 GMT

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) will offer students a route through its popular Master of Education degree which maximises educational uses of technology.
Additions to the programme allow students to follow a pathway through the M. Ed which is devoted to Information and Communication Technology. Developed in the University, this new programme stream has won official backing, in the form of initial accreditation approval from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

It is designed to cater to the increasing interest in combining technology and pedagogy. Students will be encouraged to think about how innovative technology can be used in teaching and learning. More broadly, the new programme stream closely corresponds to some of the economic and occupational demands which pertain to the U.A.E. region.

Research conducted in the early years of the 21st Century suggests slow and uneven utilisation of new technologies in the classroom. More recently this has changed, not least through the dedication of teaching staff willing to experiment and innovate.

“By introducing a specialist master’s programme in this area, BUiD is determined to increase awareness of technologically assisted thinking and learning,” said Dr. Mick Randall, Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Head of the Institute of Education, British University in Dubai.

“We also hope it will enhance career opportunities for teachers and encourage those with an IT background to consider teaching too,” he added.

The M. Ed in ICT deals primarily with the pedagogy of all aspects of IT. Areas of study include blended learning in the classroom, uses of the internet in learning, management of ICT, web design, and ICT support for distance and open learning.

Applications for the next programme intake in October 2007 are now open.

Photo Caption: Dr. Mick Randall, Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Head of the Institute of Education, British University in Dubai.


About the British University in Dubai

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) is the Middle East’s first research-based, postgraduate university. The University was established to facilitate access to world-class education, training and research in the Middle East. BUiD aspires to the highest, internationally recognized British standards as reflected in its partnership with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University and the Cass Business School at City University, London. Each has a five or five-star rating in the UK national Research Assessment Exercise that signifies research of international standard.

The not-for-profit university offers full and part-time Masters Degree programmes and Continuing Professional Development courses in Information Technology, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Environmental Design of Buildings, Finance and Banking, Education, and IT Management.

All BUiD’s current Masters Programmes have received Initial Accreditation Eligibility Status from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research’s Commission for Academic Accreditation.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The Emirates Group, DUCAB, Atkins, Dubai Duty Free, Hyder Consulting, the Emirates Foundation and DUGAS are supporters of the university through financial contributions or the provision of scholarships.
For further enquiries call BUiD on +971 4 391 3633.




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