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The past generation has seen tremendous changes in communications and educational technologies. These include the transitions from:

  • Broadcast TV with three commercial networks and PBS to narrowcasting with hundreds of cable and satellite channels, VCR/DVR, DVDs, video on-demand, video streaming, and cell phone video
  • Local radio to satellite, streaming audio, music downloads, and podcasting
  • Chalkboards, filmstrips and overhead projectors to smart classrooms, active learning tools, video conferencing, web-based education, and elaborate learning games and simulations

Used properly, these technologies can enhance education and worker training, improve economic competitiveness and the quality of life, and strengthen the social and political fabric of the nation.

But these technologies are ever changing and there is much we need to do to understand their impact and effectiveness. Such an understanding can only emerge in the context of a comprehensive Ph.D. program.

Bachelor’s and Master’s programs prepare practitioners with tools and theory. But the speed of technological change demands more. The nation will need individuals in all sectors who can analyze and respond to the emerging opportunities and challenges of technology. This requires more Ph.D.-prepared professionals.

  • Department of Communications Media
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 121
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1058
  • Phone: 724-357-2492
  • Fax: 724-357-5503
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.