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Distance Education

The burning desire to study and educate oneself is no doubt a healthy indication but that often get washed away due to the lack of proper facilities. It was a stumbling block that was removed with the emergence and subsequent introduction of distance education.

Distance education has really opened a new window of opportunities for those who desire for further studies. In a way it has helped numerous professionals, dropouts (both school & college), housewives, etc to accomplish their unfinished dreams. It has immense relevance.

Distance education is to provide cost-effective, quality education to large sections of our population including those living in remote and far flung areas.

Distance Education -HOW ?

In the Distance Education mode of education, students may not be required to be present in a classroom, but that also maybe a question of option. For example in some Open Universities, week end contact sessions are held. These are optional, but for certain courses which have practical components such as those for computers, attendance of about 90% is made compulsory.

Distance Education may use all forms of technology, from print to the computer,including radio, television, audio video conferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/on-line learning through internet etc.

WHERE TO FIND?

  • Distance education these days are offered as an electronic classroom or Virtual Learning Environment that it may or not be a part of a distance education set up. Electronic classrooms can be both on campus, and off campus. We may call such institutions as using a 'flexible' mode of education
  • Distance Education has traversed many generations of technology in its history. These are print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/ online-learning, computer broadcasting etc. Yet the radio remains a very viable form, especially in the developing nations, because of its reach. The FM Channels are becoming very popular and is being used by the open universities, to broadcast educational programs of variety on areas such as teacher education, rural development, programs in agriculture for farmers, science education, creative writing, mass communication, in addition to traditional courses in liberal arts, science and business administration.

 

  • Today's distance education course makes use of E-mail, the internet Web sites ,and video conferencing over broadband network connections . In some countries, the material is supplemented by television and radio programming. To compete with the conventional educational sector, course material will be of very high quality and completeness, and will use modern technologies such as computer graphics and animation. Distance education also involves time to time interaction with the faculty of the University that offers the particular course. The students get opportunities to meet the faculty in person at university to clear their doubts or forward their doubts to the teachers through email or conventional mail service.

 

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