Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

Author Name : Dr. K.S. Premila
Volume : II, Issue :X,June - 2017
Published on : 2017-06-28 , By : IRJI Publication

Abstract :

Higher education lays a significant role in human capital formation. The Indian higher education system has become the largest in the world. At present, there are over 350 conventional universities or institutions at the university level, 13 open universities and more than 100 dual-mode institutions in India. Improvement in the quality of ODL is certainly a thing of major concern at the moment in our country. Quality assurance and enhancement implies an operating practice where all the transactions of the ODL institutions are accomplished completely to make the educational goal successful. Learners are the customers who expect the quality service with less cost. The internal evaluation mechanism at ODL institution ensures such quality service delivery. As some formal educational institutions have obtained ISO 9001 to assure clientele (the learners enrolling in their institutions) the quality of education, the same phenomenon should be extended to distance education institutions also.