International Conference on Quality Enhancement in Educational Communication (ICQEEC 2008)

Venue: Bharathidasan University

Location: Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India

Event Date/Time: Oct 14, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 31, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Jan 31, 2008
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The ¡¥India Vision 2020¡¦ envisages India to be a knowledge superpower. To achieve this vision, higher education has to play a key role. To enable India to become knowledge superpower, education and knowledge resources have to reach out to a large number of people through various means in a seamless way. Information and Communication Technology has further expanded its outreach through Internet. The vision, therefore, is to electronically reach out a large number of students, teachers and general public with quality educational material, so as to address the issues of access to higher education with equity and quality. This in turn will contribute to the overall vision of developing India as knowledge superpower by 2020.

The present era can be called an era 'academic globalization'. Now-a-days every country of the world, more specifically Asian countries, is concerned about the quality of their education. It is mainly because of the changing economic circumstances globally. The economic development of a country depends to a large extent on the quality of education being imparted to its citizens. By and large, considering the teachers' daily practice, teaching processes, and educational activities as communication acts appear obvious given that, since man's early ages, education and communication have been tightly interwoven.

Quality is the foundation stone of effective educational communication. Today, technology and digital literacy are fuelling the emerging knowledge economy. Large investment, improved infrastructure, bandwidth and software have provided Indian Education with great potential to enhance the quality of educational communication. Technology, although has succeeded in influencing the education outreach and quality in countries like India, supporting processes and frameworks that can sustain such quality efforts have not yet emerged; the basic issues of quality, equity and access to education still remain unresolved. The experience says that best results with educational communication are often achieved, not by quick and radical new approaches but by well-conceived quality measures with a clear eye for measurable results. Keeping in view the growing importance and significance of quality in Educational Communication, the Department of Educational Technology, Bharathidasan University is organizing an International Conference on ¡§Quality Enhancement in Educational Communication¡¨ on 29th & 30th March 2008. The conference is planned as a consultative process, to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration, to engage the participants involved in ICT and education activities, in and outside the country. The objectives of the conference are to
provide a collaborative forum to participants to share knowledge and ideas enabling them to develop multinational and cross-institutional contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise, and abilities with regard to Educational Communication
establish a comprehensive picture of the technology enabled educational communication
give a reference framework for describing the impact, looking at approaches and methods currently used in quality assurance in Educational Communication
synthesize the main results of the experience sharing and progress made in recent years to provide a baseline for discussion on the findings with policy makers, education professionals and community of practitioners
highlight the barriers to quality enhancement in Educational Communication in India and for other countries as well
identify gaps in current research related to ICT ¡V pedagogy integration and quality initiatives in technology enabled teaching and learning and
give policy recommendations on the basis of the evidence available in order to create favorable framework conditions for effective methods of quality assurance in Educational Communication as well as future fields of actions at national and international level.
Sub-themes for Paper Presentations
The following sub-themes are suggested for the purpose of paper presentations and deliberations during the conference. The suggested sub-themes are only indicative and nor exhaustive.
ľ Educational Communication: Quality Issues and Global & National Standards

ľ Quality Enhancement through Educational Technology

ľ Impact of Technology Developments on Educational Communication

ľ Architecture of Quality Learning : Surveys, Experiments, Case Studies and Success Stories

ľ Distribution of Knowledge Resources through Satellite, Terrestrial and Interactive Modes

ľ Knowledge Packaging and Educational Communication through Electronic Media : Quality Concerns

Submission of Abstract/Paper
Prospective Paper Presenters shall send two hard copies and a soft copy (on CD) of the abstract of the proposed paper in about 150-200 words along with the Registration Fee on or before 30.12.2007 to the Conference Secretary. The content of the abstract/paper shall be presented as per the following specifications: MS-Word Format, 12 point Times New Roman Font and 1.5 Line Spacing. The title shall not exceed 12 words.
Upon hearing from the Conference Secretariat about the acceptance of the abstract, after evaluation by the Expert Committee, they have to send a hard copy and a soft copy (on CD) of the full paper before the deadline, to be given in the abstract acceptance letter. Besides submission of abstracts/papers by post/courier, it is essential that the same be sent as attachment by e-mail to the Conference Secretary for faster handling.
Neither payment of registration fee nor submission of the abstract entitles the privilege of being a paper presenter in the conference. However, all the registered participants, irrespective of paper presentation will have all the conference privileges. If there are multiple authors for a paper, all the authors will have to pay the Registration Fee. Paper presentation is NOT mandatory for participation in the conference.

A registration fee of Rs.500/ has to be paid by Demand Draft in favor of the CO-ORDINATOR, UGC-SAP (DRS), DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, BHARATHIDASAN UNIVERSITY payable at TIRUCHIRAPPALLI. The Registration Fee includes conference kit and working lunch and tea on the conference days.
Modalities, Language and Technical Facilities
The logistics of the conference will be Plenary Sessions, Paper Presentation cum Discussion Sessions and Panel Discussions. The official language of the conference will be English. The paper presenters will have access to PCs with standard presentation tools, OHPs and DVD players.

Venue & Accommodation
The venue of the conference is Bharathidasan University. Arrangements for accommodation will have to be made by the participants themselves. However, a list of a few hotels along with the tariff and contact details will be sent to the registered participants in order to help them reserve accommodation by themselves at Tiruchirappalli.

Address of the Conference Secretary for Communication
Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor and Head
Department of Educational Technology
Bharathidasan University
Khajamalai Campus, Tiruchirappalli ¡V 620 023, Tamilnadu, India.
Mobile : (0)94431-67037 ƒË Phone : 0431-2331743 ƒË TeleFax : 0431-2420227

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