Videhi Bhamidi

Tell us something about what you were doing before you came to Oxford

Before coming to Oxford, I had been working as a Technical Communicator for the last 5 years at software firms in India. As part of my job, I had to identify the best possible way to educate the end-users or customers about software products. This made me inquisitive about the basic nature of human learning and how technology can aid this process. Hence, I planned to extend my on-the-job knowledge through a formal academic program of Master’s in Learning and Technology.

What do you like most about studying in the Department of Education?

Firstly, I like the supportive atmosphere in our Department, which you can experience in every phase of the course. From librarians to administrators, every person strives to help the students with any concern in order to provide a smooth academic journey. Secondly, I have enjoyed engaging with students from different cultural and educational backgrounds, which has broadened my intellectual perspective.

What attracted you to the programme of study here?

Besides the reputation of this university, I was intrigued by the diversity of modules offered in my program. The range of sessions was quite rich and advanced, and can pave the way for different career paths depending on your interest.

What qualities do you think an Education student at Oxford needs to have in order to be successful?

As an alma mater of the Department of Education, one would be in the forefront of research and practice of various educational frontiers. Hence, it is best advised to develop a critical perspective of theory and practice, in order to contribute better to research.

In this process, I think regular and proactive academic reading and writing from the lens of critical analysis is vital to live up to the expectations. More than anything, be open to perceive interesting and contrasting view points about education!

We hope that you would recommend the Department of Education as a place to come and study. What reasons would you give for this?

Supervisory Support

During the course, each student is assigned a course supervisor who discusses academic welfare and guides research aspirations of the student. In this context, my supervisor – Dr. Rebecca Eynon – was simply amazing in ensuring my academic and professional well being. She was really thorough and meticulous in guiding me at various levels including formative assignments, research ideas, conferences etc.

Talks and Conferences

The department runs conferences like STories, Momentum etc. to offer a variety of avenues for students to learn the on-going research activities in this field. Also, monthly talks are organised where we get to hear from renowned researchers and academicians from different universities and organisations.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, I am highly impressed with the library services and their co-operative nature. (I happen to blog about my experiences with librarians)

What are your career ambitions after you complete the course?

I aspire to be an e-learning strategist who advocates appropriate technology mediated learning solutions for corporate and service organisations.

If I knew before I started the course what I know now, I would….

I think I would have focused on researching about e-learning solutions for the disadvantaged in emerging economies and also would have planned ahead for a DPhil.

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