Distance education – The past, the present and the Precedent:
Distance education has grown in different dimensions to become the chosen route for higher education. The larger section of the student community in India, aspiring for higher studies, seeks distance learning for its convenience, flexibility, affordability and accessibility. The eligibility aspect of distance learning attracts even the adult segment to purse higher education. As per the 2011 statistics, during the last decade (2001-2011) distance education has grown from 20% to 26% of the student populace in India. This growth is further catalyzed by the increasing demand for better competencies for a particular job. Add to that, the technology boom has bolstered the distance education space, through better reach, promising to deliver a bright future.
The positive and prospective aspects of distance learning:
Distance education, has scored high in terms of the flexibility, it offers. Additionally, remote access of distance learning courses help students from across the country to study from their own comfort zone. This apart, the pedagogy in terms of faculty and course structure has evolved to suit the industry standards. The distance learning courses ranging from humanities to management feature industry relevant curriculum to make them more applicable and accountable in the job industry. Here, learning extends to the scope of non-academic sessions, with faculty/mentors equipped to handle different facets of subject training. With respect to the pedagogy in distance learning, technology- medium has given effect to industry-oriented training with instant access and quality resources. The online medium with its 24*7 connectivity serves as a global interface for students to network with their peers, share knowledge, learn from the experts and grow in all facets. All these aspects of new-age distance education make it credible/creditable in the job industry, being treated on par with the regular stream of learning.