How Did They Study at a Distance? Experiences of IGNOU Graduates

How Did They Study at a Distance? Experiences of IGNOU Graduates

Manjulika Srivastava (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India) and Venugopal Reddy (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2007070106
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The question why some learners successfully study through distance mode and others do not is increasingly becoming important as open and distance learning (ODL) has come to occupy a prominent place in providing higher education to large segments of the population in India. With barely 1112 students studying through distance mode in 1962, the number has crossed 2.8 million in 2006. This article presents the findings of an empirical research study conducted to investigate the study habits of successful distance learners of the India Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Every year, nearly 70,000-80,000 pass out of IGNOU. What strategies were adopted by these diverse groups, what media they utilized, and what modes of support they prefered are some of the major issues addressed in this study.

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