Recognizing the importance of audio-visual materials as tools of effective teaching specially for distance students, the original audio-visual unit of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) was expanded to a fully-fledged Educational Technology Division (ET) with the technical assistance from Japan in 1993. Since then the ET division became a service provider for all the faculties to produce instructional materials.
Developing course material for Open and Distance Learning is a continuous process. The Educational Technology Division faces the challenge of transforming traditional systems of academic communication into ultra modern media strategies.
Subsequently, the ET division strengthened its capacity by establishing a research cell to conduct institutional research in 1994.
The division is responsible for training staff to produce state-of-the-art techniques in teaching and learning including online materials.
So far the division has won 9 international awards for educational videos from Japan, Iran and UNDP.
“to be a Prime Centre in the application of Educational Technology through the exploitation of media with the aim of motivating and supporting learners to overcome barriers and enhance learning at a distance”.
“to achieve excellence in designing and developing instructional materials using multimedia and assuring quality in the university system”.