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AG EXT 511 PERSPECTIVES OF DISTANCE EDUCATION                                                                                 (1L+1P) III

Objective
  The course is intended to orient the students with the concept of Distance Education, Characteristics of Distance Education, Evolution, Methods of Distance Education, Different Approaches in Planning Distance Education, Educational Technology in Distance Education, Management of Resources for distance education, Strategies for maximizing the reach and programme evaluation and quality assessment.

Theory

UNIT I
  Distance Education – Introduction Meaning, Concept, Philosophy and its work ethics, characteristics of Distance Education – Evolution and Historical view of Distance Education – Theor y, Methodology, and Epistemology. Dimensions of Distance Education, Scope and difficulties. Open education – Non-formal education, Continuing education, Education by correspondence.

UNIT II
  Forms and systems of Distance and Open Education, Modes of Teaching and Learning in Distance Education, Methods of  Distance Education, Significance of Distance Education in Teacher Education.

UNIT III
  Planning Distance Education – a Systems Approach, Student learning – Course planning, target groups – Barriers to learning in Distance Education – Planning and management of networked learning.

UNIT IV
  Educational technology is Distance Education, Application of information and educational technologies in Distance Education, Development of course and course material, Management of  resources, processes, Forms of  instructional material in Distance Education and Media Development and Production in Distance Education - Video classroom strategy in Distance Education – Strategies for maximizing the reach – services to students, programme Evaluation - performance indicators and Quality assessment.

Practicals
  Visit to the University which is implementing the Distance Education Programmes. Detailed Study of their programme in relation to Educational Technology, Methodology, Curriculum Development, Evaluation and Assessment. Exercise on development of curriculum for Distance Education exclusively for farming community.

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