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Distance Education in India

Distance Education in India

Distance education brings together students and teachers separated by geographical distance.  Many distance education programs operate online, allowing quality student-teacher interaction through live forums, chat, and e-mail.

Since online gives  people the flexibility to continue working,  while continuing on with their educations.. In this competitive environment advancing your career has become more and more difficult. In that competitive environment online education providing platform to enhance your skills. 
Distance education offers a wide range of online accredited degrees, includin g online MBA’s, teaching certification, and Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in everything from a network management degree to online criminal justice degrees.

Why Distance Education?

  • Learn on your time.  Online education allows you to study when you have time—from early morning to late at night.
  • No long commute.  Your classroom is as close as your living room or home office.
  • Keep your job; take care of your family.  You don’t have to give up important responsibilities to pursue an online education.
  • Learn where you live.  No need to relocate in pursuit of your online degree.
  • Save money. You’ll save on room and board, college tuition, classroom supplies, transportation costs, and more.

Benefits of distance learning

Distance learning technologies offer a myriad of benefits for education including convenience, flexibility, effectiveness, and efficiency.

Even since the concept of distance education evolved it has been known to offer several benefits to students who take up such courses. Especially in a country like India Distance education has several benefits to offer. Some of the advantages of students taking up distance education programs or courses are offered below.

In a country which is geographically as huge as India, it might not be possible to construct schools and colleges all over the country in all areas. This is where distance education can be utilized. For students who might not have quality schools or colleges offering the course that the student wants to take up, then the student can take up a correspondence distance education course with another university or college which may be located else where. Hence inspite of being at home, the student will be able to take up a course and also study for it through the distance education program.

There are several students in India who have financial constraints and hence due to these reasons can not take up the full time courses which they might other wise have wished to. For such students the benefits of distance education are immense, for they can take up a distance education course with out having to pay too high a fees and while also having the option of being able to work and earn money thereby helping them make a living. Hence the distance education courses have several benefits to offer to students.

Distance Education Programme- Tips to Better Learning

Distance learning programmes are those that can be learnt at and from a distance and therefore the terminology came into being and existence. The idea of a distance learning programme as mentioned before in this very website is for convenience and easier method of studying or deriving information as well as learning, and the key to remember is that the method and form of learning is with and at a distance. The programme of distance learning helps in gaining and deriving information in many more fields than one. In the sense, that since this type of education is easier on a person and or as well as a person’s schedule, there can be the pursuit of more than one course in the distance education curriculum and pattern that one can pursue simultaneously.

There are tips to better learning that one can imbibe and entail in the scheme of distance education:

1-  Learn to contribute and make time for study everyday at home, in this type of education or in this medium of learning- I.e- the long distance education programme. However easy the subject may seem or tough, there has to be a contribution of time and energy everyday towards study, just as one would do if he or she attended a day scholar programme at a school or college (in the vicinity of a classroom)

2- Learn to take time and understand properly, whatever one is reading as part of the curriculum. Since there is no formal teaching and no teacher to tutor peruse imparting the education as in regular institutions, one has to pay attention and take aid and whenever conducted, attend the actual classes held in campuses on and off for a sealing of the education deal (in the sense, that, to revise and clear doubts, there are periodic or at times, conducted classes at campuses and assigned centers in some cases, for the same).

3- Do test examinations and time them, so you can sharpen the time keeping and the skills of writing in an actual examination. The idea is to keep time, to be able to train and practice for the actual examination and most importantly, the idea is to sharpen the student nature in a person’s personality or in other words, the key is to get competitive in the whole scenario for examinations and study or learning and this is one important tip to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions On Distance Education ( FAQ’s)

Given below are some of the common distance education related questions or queries that students have. Please go through the questions given below to see if your queries or questions related to distance education have been answered here.

What is Distance Education?

As the name suggests distance education refers to being able to study or take up a course with out being present physically for the course but being able to take it up through any other medium.

What are the advantages of taking up a distance education course?

There are several advantages of taking up distance education related courses. Most of these advantages are already listed on this web site. Kindly go though them.

How much is the fees for distance education related courses?

The fees for a distance education program may vary on the basis of the course being taken up and the college or the university through which the course is being taken up. In certain cases, the fees may also be very less or might be completely free.

Which courses can be taken up through a distance education programme?

You can take up several distance education courses as long as there is some university or college offering it. Almost all the courses that are offered by colleges on a full time basis are also offered on distance education. Some of the popular courses taken up by students are

Bachelor of commerce

Master of commerce

Computer science course

Master of Business Administration and many more.

Distance Education Council

In a big nation there is a challenge of developing, distributing and maintaining a technology dependent education is not easy. These kinds of studies improve the education system of a country because a student doesn’t have to attend classes for these kinds of courses. Hence maintaining and distributing distance education was by Distance Education Council (DEC) mainly to specify standards of distance education in India under Indira Gandhi National Open University Act, 1985. DEC is responsible for encouragement and synchronization of distance education system in India. Distance education institute’s courses must be certified and approved by DEC.  This is for betterment of student who can take the courses that are recognized by this kind of standard body.

DEC other than providing the guidelines of the distance education also helps in following functions:

Supports use of modern technology in education system

Supplies funds via joint networking

Resolves the standards of teaching, valuation, and investigation

Cheers an addition if convenience and innovation in education at university level

Develops regulations and procedures in respect of admission, certification and evaluation.

Supports state government to open more institution of higher education and various distance education lessons to make a union of such establishment

Along with this all things DEC also checks with state government and various organizations to find out key areas in which the distance education could be set up. DEC decides criteria for eligibility for the admission. Some flexible and open courses are also promoted by DEC so that normal common man can also do. There is an arrangement of Human Resource in DEC who helps in development of distance education system. Review committees are allocated to study and estimate the acts of various institutes which are under DEC.

Convenience

Distance learning technologies can provide convenient locations for both students and instructors. Many of the technologies, such as the Internet and telephone, are easily accessed at home. Others, such as videoconferencing, can be distributed from a single point (such as a university) to multiple remote sites (such as schools). Satellite transmissions can be viewed at specified sites, or the transmissions can be recorded for later viewing at home or school.

Flexibility

Many forms of distance learning provide students the option to participate whenever they wish, on an individualized basis. For example, some students may want to review a podcast in the middle of the night or read their e-mail during early morning hours. In addition, one student may wish to spend 30 minutes reviewing a website, while another spends an hour.

Effectiveness

Not only is distance learning convenient, it is also effective. Several research studies have found that distance learning is equally or more effective than traditional instruction when the method and technologies used are appropriate to the instructional tasks, when there is student-to-student interaction and when there is timely teacher-to-student feedback .


Multi-sensory

One of the benefits of distance learning is that there is a wide variety of materials that can meet everyone\\\'s learning preference -- at least part of the time. For example, some students learn from visual stimuli, such as video, and others learn best by listening or interacting with a computer program. If distance learning courses are well designed, they will likely offer learners a wide range of choices, thereby providing the optimal combinations of interaction and media.

Interactivity

Contrary to popular opinion, distance learning courses can offer increased interactions with students. In particular, introverted students who are too shy to ask questions in class will often \\\"open up\\\" when provided the opportunity to interact via e-mail or other individualized means . Through the increased interactions, teachers can better meet individual student\\\'s needs.

Equity

Educational inequity is a major issue in this and other countries. Rural schools often have less contact with educational trends, fewer qualified teachers, and more need for technology. Distance learning offers great potential for alleviating these issues.