Program Delivery and Learner Support System Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education

What is learning?

Learning is about how we perceive and understand the world in a micro and macro sense. Accordingly, learning is a broad concept and it does not depend on a single thing; it may ever involve in mastering principles, understanding, remembering factual information, acquiring methods, techniques and approaches, recognition, reasoning, debating ideas, or developing behavior that is appropriate to specific situations.

Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in the course of MA in Media Research.

Areas of activity, core knowledge and professional values within the framework of teaching and learning are given bellow.

Areas of activity 

  • Designing and planning of learning activities and/or programs of study
  • Teaching and/or supporting student learning
  • Assessing and giving feedback to learners
  • Developing effective environment and student support and guidance
  • Integration of scholarship, research and professional activities with teaching and supportive learning
  • Evaluation of practice and continuing professional development

Core knowledge 

Knowledge and understanding of

  • the subject material
  • Appropriate methods for teaching and learning in the subject area at the level of the academic program.
  • How students learn, both generally and in the subject specific areas.
  • the use of appropriate learning technologies
  • methods for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching
  • the implications of quality assurance and enhancement for professional practice

Professional values

  • Respect for individual learners
  • Commitment to incorporating the process and outcomes of relevant research, scholarship and/or professional practice
  • Commitment to development of learning communities
  • Commitment to encouraging participation in higher education, acknowledging diversity and promoting equality of opportunity
  • Commitment to continuing professional development and evaluation of practice

 Effective Methods of Teaching: 

The teaching methods comprise the techniques and principles used for instruction to be implemented by teachers to achieve the desired learning by students. The instructors of the MA in Media Research of Sri Palee Campus will provide the facilities to the candidates with effective methods and principles of teaching.  The teaching-learning process is very interactive and not a one-way approach. Accordingly, the candidates of these classes are benefited by the modes of teaching and learning mentioned below. Furthermore, we are facilitating to promote self-learning and help students to develop critical awareness of current issues and recent developments in the area of specialization and/or area of professional practice. These contemporary teaching styles tend to be group focused and inquiry driven.

These learning teaching strategies will enhance positive mindset patterns which, in turn, improve their emotional and motivational support or even cognitive functions for numerical problem solving, information literacy with the capability of organizing and processing data. Moreover, they will help them to engage in independent learning using scholarly reviews and secondary source of information and continuous professional development. These interdependent techniques and methods will also benefit them to work in teams, give leadership, and promote social and professional engagement.  All those will help them to have a clear vision for life and develop long term goals accordingly. Accordingly this program of MA in Media research will help the candidates to establish logical agreements of goals and objectives in their life process too. We are facilitating them to make mutual awareness of how one learns to learn. The following methods will help them to achieve the above tasks. They are

Interactive lectures

Workshop / Seminar / Residential program

Group activity / Small group activity / Professional group activity / Study or self-help groups

Online learning activities / On-line presentations

Group projects and assignments

Students Meetings with Supervisors

Observation (of students) / Observation of academics / Peer observation

Student evaluation / Portfolio / E-portfolio

Directed study/negotiated hours

Reading groups / Critical analysis

One-to-one guidance from academic as and if required

Group tutorial or individual tutorials at the study center and group tutorials at other locations / group tutorials through audio cassette ‘correspondence’; computer mediated communication;


Independent research/study

Action research project

Initiating to publish researched based articles

List of internal and external resource persons for MA in Media Research

No Name Affiliation Specialty and qualification(s)


Internal External
01 Dr. Tudor Weerasinghe Dept. of Mass media, Sri

Palee Campus, University of


B.A. (Hons) in Journalism;

M.A. in Mass Com; M.A.

Philosophy; PhD

02 Dr. Ranjan


Dept. of Mass media, Sri

Palee Campus, University of


B. A. (Hons) in Linguistic;

M. A. Linguistic; PhD in


03 Dr. DharmaKeerthi Sri


Dept. of Mass media, Sri

Palee Campus, University of


B.A. (Hons) Sociology;

P.G.Dip in Education, M. A. in Sociology, PhD in Media


04 Dr. Sugath


Dept. of Mass media, Sri

Palee Campus, University of


B.A. (Hons)

Communication; M. A. in

Communication, PhD in


05 Dr. Kusumi Vasantha


Dept. of Languages, Sri Palee

Campus, University of


B.A. (Hons) in English, M.

A. in Linguistics, M.Ed. in

Language Studies; PhD in

Applied Linguistics

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

06 Professor Jayadeva


Dept. of Political Science

& Public Policy, University of


B. A. (Hons.), PhD (Hawaii)


07 Professor Siri Hettige Dept. of Sociology, University of Colombo B. A., BPhil (Colombo), PhD



08 Professor Ajantha


Journalist Unit, Faculty of arts, University of Colombo. B.A. (Hons), M.A., PhD,

Post Doctoral,


09 Professor Tennyson


Dept. of Sociology.

University of Sri


B. A. in Sociology, M. A. in

Sociology. Professor in


10 Professor Chandrasiri


Dept. of communication,

University of Kalaniya

B. A. in Communication,

M. A. in Communication.

PhD. Professor in Communication

11 Professor Rohana

Lakshman Piyadasa

Dept. of communication,

University of Kalaniya

B. A. in Communication,

M. A. in Communication.

PhD. Professor in


12 Professor Desmond


Dept. of Philosophy and psychology, University of


B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy;

M. A; PhD; Honorary

Research Fellow

13 Professor Sena


Dept. of Social Sciences,

University of Rajarata


B. A. (Hons), M.A., PhD

Professor in


14 Professor.


Dept. of Marketing

Faculty of Management &


University of Ruhuna.

BBA (Ruh, SL), MBA (Col,

SL), PhD

Associate Professor



Dr. W.V. A. D.


Head / Dept. of Accountancy, University of Kalaniya. B.B.Mgt(Acc) Special., PGD in Business Statistics.,