Distance Education at Tertiary Level: An Effective Non Conventional Solution to Overcome the Severe Competition for University Education in Sri Lanka
PCF3 // Distance Education and Open Learning coupled to the related attributes of Flexible and Multimedia Learning have developed by leaps and bounds over the last three decades. The Open University model of the UK with several modifications to suit local cultural, social & economic needs have been adopted in a number of countries .The age old concept of the grant of degrees in Universities has got extended to the award of Diplomas & Certificates at lower levels in both conventional and non conventional universities; this has been largely due to the momentum generated by Distance and Open Learning directed towards further and continuing education of adults and the employed. Concurrently the concept of giving mature students a second chance or even a delayed chance through Distance and Open Learning has continuously progressed. The establishment of the Commonwealth of Learning with its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada has over the past 15 years presented a much welcome catalytic effect for speedier developments in the enhancement of tertiary and higher education through Distance Education and 0pen Learning.