Emerging Trends of Student Support Services in Indian Distance Education

Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 258
EISBN13: 9781616922078|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-870-3.ch015
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Even though the concept of distance education emerged in the West/Europe, it is evident that the impact of this concept in terms of emergence of distance education institutions, student enrolment, and utilization of a variety of media are quite predominant in the context of Indian subcontinent especially India. The chapter traces briefly the history and growth of distance education in India. Various facets of student support are discussed followed by how various modes of ICT are employed as a part of student support. This chapter also examines the best practices adopted and emerging trends of students support by open universities in India. It also examines the role ICT has played and the future trends the ICT would enable effective student support.
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