Linking Media Use with the Learner's Assessment: An approach for Promoting Media Uses in Distance and Open Learning

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF2 // The role of media in distance education is well established. Media are channels used for transmission of message, in the form of print, sound and vision. The channels are: printed message, usually on paper or on screen, which can be, writing, graphics or photographs; still pictures, which are transparent for projection or viewing; sounds, as in a live radio broadcast, or recorded as on a sound disk; moving pictures, as in a live television broadcast or recorded on a cine film. Or combination of all the three in the form of multi-media. The information technology has radically opened up new vistas in distance learning. Most of the teaching in distance education is delivered through these devices and, increasingly through a variety of computers based systems. As such the success largely depends on its use in delivery of distance education programmes. If the media available is not used, or under used the objective of distance education gets defeat. But, there is still a considerable low use of the media available to distance learners in India. Some learners don't consider it necessary for their learning pursuits. To others it is viewed only as optional mechanism which requires extra efforts to put in use. Even amongst those open universities that claim to have developed more sophisticated media, hardly any one ensures optimum use of such options. The use of media is in no way linked with the evaluation. Contrarily the emphasis is on the use of single media, i.e. Print media, indirectly, as assessment is totally based on this medium. It is therefor suggested that some kind of weightage needs to be given on this aspect while assessing the learners performance, may be in the form of continuous assessment or terminal exams. These issues have been discussed at length in the present paper. //