Quality School Education through Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
In their endeavour for “reaching the unreached” and human resource development, the developing countries are up scaling their Open Schooling programmes; thus providing appropriate responses to the challenges of number, credibility and quality of education. Although all sections of the society can be beneficiaries of the Open Schooling system, it is a boon to those who are socially and economically deprived and are unable to attend conventional schools for a variety of socio-economic and other reasons. For quality assurance in Open Schooling programmes, certain imperatives are (i) weaving generic Vocational Education component in academic courses, (ii) stress on competencies, (iii) softening of subject boundaries to enable the learner to get a taste of integrated knowledge and joy of understanding, (iv) flexibility of curriculum in terms of time, space content, methodology and testing, (v) modular approach to academic and vocational education courses, (vi) multi-entry and multi-exist system to provide career pathways, (vii) provision of self paced learning package comprising of print and non-print learning materials, (viii) use of teaching-learning strategies such as self-study supplemented by group work tutorials, on-line study, video conferencing, audio conferencing, (ix) formative and summative assessment in an environment of ease, (x) provision of On Demand Examination, and (xi) provision of credit for prior learning, credit accumulation on completion of modular courses and credit transfer from other Boards of School Education.// Effective Networking among ODL educational institutions and employment sector will go a long way for balancing the demand and supply of requisite manpower. In order to place the Open Schooling system on a sound pedestal, its Management Information System (MIS) is required to be toned up.// Paper ID 344
AuthorPant, M C
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