Learners’ Demographic Profiles and Attitude towards the Learners of Open School at Bangladesh Open University, A Study
Bangladesh is one of the developing countries in the world. The total population of Bangladesh is near about 156 million and expectancy of life is only 60 years. The bureau of statistics calculates the present per capita income in Bangladesh at US$ 690 (1US$=70BDT). To enhance development and continuation of its development, there should be fulfilling the fundamental needs for every citizen of the country in time. Illiteracy is considered to be one of the important parameters causing socio-economic backwardness. Illiteracy minimizes skill manpower and lack of educational infrastructure minimizes human resource (Numan, 2001). // Bangladesh Open University (BOU) is the only public institution in the country that offered education in distance and flexible mode. This university is to increase access to education and training in the fields of basic education, secondary education, and vocational education, strengthens formal and non-formal education programs for the general population. BOU launched Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) programs in 1995 and 1998 respectively through Open School (OS). OS emphasis the printed text materials for the learners where can accept easily and comfortably. To understand the difficult lessons of the text audio-visual programs have been developed. Study revealed that the use of media i.e. audio and video can strengthen the formal method of classroom teaching (James 1986; Islam and Islam 2003). // BOU’s main objective is to provide need based education to the deprived and disadvantaged group especially women and people of rural/remote areas, working people and dropped out learner those who are unable to join the conventional education. It provides opportunities of education to all classes of people and creates efficient manpower by improving the quality of education. The response to BOU programs is so phenomenal that current enrolment of learners (289,791) is several folds higher than that of total enrolment in all public and private universities in the country. Thus BOU is emerged as a new member of the mega-universities (Daniel, 1996; Islam et.al, 2006). In several studies, it has been found that BOU education is flexible, cost-effective and comparable standard to the conventional universities (Anonymous, 2002; Islam and Selim, 2006). To provide learner support services BOU has a network of 12 regional resource centers (RRC), 80 local centers (LC) and More than 1300 study centers (SC) all over the country. // Now a days teaching is not teachers centered, it is learners centered. Distance education can be more learners centered if distance educators are aware of the problems, needs, attitudes and characteristics of their learners. The present study tried to reflect the learners’ demographic status and attitudes towards their tutorial session and the audio-video media those are broadcasting along with the formal programs.
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
A Comparative Study between the Learners of Computer Science and Health Science of Bangladesh Open University Numan, Sharker M; Rahman, K M Rezanur; Sadat, Anwar (2010-11)Success of distance education would be depended on how the policy makers’ are aware of the problems, needs, attitudes and characteristics of their learners. The present study tried to reflect the learners’ demographic ...
Usages of Mobile Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning Methods for Different Level of Programs of Bangladesh Open University Islam, Md Anwarul; Numan, Sharker M (2013-11)Bangladesh Open University (BOU) is a distinctive seat of learning that imparts education through open and distance mode. This university usually usages print materials for the learners but occasionally usages technology ...
Technical and Vocational Education through Distance Learning in Bangladesh: Social Impacts and Benefits Numan, Sharker M; Islam, Md Anwarul (2013-11)The globalization of industry increases the demand of more highly educated skilled workers; but traditional academic curriculum systems have not enough scope to develop such skills. To fulfill the demand of skill manpower ...
Risk and Resilience at Female Learners Transitions to ODL: A Study on Open School of Bangladesh Open University Rahman, Khan F; Yeasmin, Sabina (2013-11)Open and distance learning (ODL) approach is considered as alternative approach of educational delivery; and education through this system is referred to as ‘second chance education’ in the educational literature. This ...
Study on Learners' Preparedness for Digital Learning Materials (DLMs) as Supplement of Self-Learning Materials (SLMs) of the Open School of the Bangladesh Open University Yeasmin, Sabina; Murthy, C R K (2010-11)The main aim of this paper is to discuss the implementation if digital learning materials are feasible for the Open School programs. The specific objectives of the current research are: • to promote the key concepts, ...