Training the Trainers: The Experience of the National Open School in India

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1999-03
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PCF1 // Growth in the use of distance learning has not been confined to the University sector; at almost every level of education someone, somewhere is making use of distance learning. This growth is common to developed and developing countries alike, partly due to increased pressures on educational provision at a time of acute economic constraint, and partly because distance education now has a track record which demonstrates that it can work (though its acceptability varies from country to country, as does its equality). Unfortunately, lack of understanding and realism about its potential, limitations and costs also lead to misperceptions about it. Distance educators need both theoretical understanding and practical competence. The changes in practice required are not just technical. Often they involve a radical shift in perceptions of teaching and learning as an activity, and in the values underpinning them. Individuals are also likely to need better skills in teamwork and communication , in integrating media or managing support services. At present, the reality is that many distance educators lack training of any kind and on the job experience is thought (mistakenly ) to suffice. // So what kind of training and development is needed? How can it be provided? What has been the involvement and experience of National Open School (NOS) as a provider? //

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