A STUDY OF SKILLS REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE DISTANCE LEARNERS FOR QUALITATIVE DISTANCE EDUCATION
Keywords:Distance education, employability, strategies, didactic communication, democratization, students support services and productive
Education is a liberating force, and in our age it is also a democratizing force, cutting across the barriers of caste and class, smoothing out inequalities imposed by birth and other circumstances. In the post-take of stage of distance education in India, it has attained tremendous growth in terms of proliferating the educated manpower starting from womenfolk to unemployed youth. The reasons for sending wards to schooling are two folds: gaining knowledge and getting employment. Employability determines the success of the student in Higher education whether he draws higher salary or lower salary, for which everyone has been trying to achieve it. When employment is denied to the educated individual, the duties and responsibilities of the welfare state are at stake.
Education, skill development and employability have to go hand in hand, if the relation between academics and employability has to be sustained. With a view to increasing employability among distance learners, the following strategies may be followed: framing of effective curriculum for the development of professional skills, inter disciplinary approaches, organizing training programmes for skill developments, developing psychomotor skills by making writing assignments compulsory for distance learners, timely correction and feed back to the students, effective students support services, supplementing education through media and academic-industry partnership at higher education level. With the following objectives, the study was carried out:
- To identify various developmental skills to be used in Distance education
- To understand the suitability of distance education courses with regard to
the development of employability skills among the distance learners.
- To work out the strategies for maintaining Quality Distance Education.
With normative survey method, the study was conducted in consultation with various primary and secondary sources of distance education materials including recently published Education Policy of Open and Distance Learning from MHRD, New Delhi.
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