Distance Education & Open Learning
Educational system is dynamic and changes with time. It responds to the demands of the society, by assimilating the advances in technology. This assimilation of technology leads to a new mode of education. It is diagrammatically represented in a spiral model as follows.
Technology Based Growth of Education System
The demand to increase access to education is two fold: one is from increasing population in the formal educational age group and second is in the “life long learners” driven by knowledge explosion and competition in professional life.
These have led education to move out of classrooms and to enter workplaces, drawing rooms, etc. in the form of Distance Education. It has become open, freed from the four walls of the classrooms. But it is becoming into an internationally traded commodity and large number of global education providers is emerging. In true sense, education is not a product to be sold and bought in an academic market (Philips, 2002). Aim of education is to help students develop into highly evolved and morally oriented human beings. As stated by Swami Vivekananda “Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in the man”. That implies education has to sensitize students about their capabilities existing in them.
Introductory Information Brochure
Self Instructional Material
The main Instruction medium in ODL system in India is the Printed study material. This study material is known as “Self Instructional Material (SIM)”. The SIM is specially prepared for the learners of ODL, by the best available experts in that particular subject. They are prepared in a special manner that an average learner can study on his/her own self. It provides the Self directed learning. The main characteristics of SIM are : Self explanatory, self-contained, self-directed, self-motivating and self-evaluating
IGNOU follows a comprehensive evaluation system comprising continuous and term end evaluation. The Continuous evaluation includes assignments which will have a 25-30% weightage in the final evaluation. The Term End evaluation involves the Term End Exams to be held in June and December. It has a weightage of 70-75%.
UGC Recognation Letter 1992 & 2001