Enhancing the Quality of Distance Education Program: A Case Study of Program Investigation

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Year-Number: 2011-Volume 3, Issue 3

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An outstanding contribution of the accelerated growth of information technology has helped people to come closer than ever, in terms of collaborative activities. Due to such advantages the use of computers increased in all walks of life in society. Along with this the demand for persons trained in PC assembly, maintenance, up-gradation and networking is also increased. Considering this societal need, the School of Continuing Education of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (YCMOU) launched Diploma in Computer Hardware Maintenance and Network Technologies (DCHMNT) programme in July 1999. As this is a pioneering program in this field and being a unique self-employment generating program of its kind, it needs to be studied in greater details to enhance the quality of content and implementation. In the present communication, we have discussed a study, which examines this academic programme in relation to the need-satisfaction, the quality and the relevance of the content of the program, course wise content appropriateness, appropriateness in concern with self study, the framework of the study material, the language of the books, difficulty level of the books etc. The results of pilot study has emerged an immediate need of revision of few courses in the program and its relevant study material.

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An outstanding contribution of the accelerated growth of information technology has helped people to come closer than ever, in terms of collaborative activities. Due to such advantages the use of computers increased in all walks of life in society. Along with this the demand for persons trained in PC assembly, maintenance, up-gradation and networking is also increased. Considering this societal need, the School of Continuing Education of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (YCMOU) launched Diploma in Computer Hardware Maintenance and Network Technologies (DCHMNT) programme in July 1999. As this is a pioneering program in this field and being a unique self-employment generating program of its kind, it needs to be studied in greater details to enhance the quality of content and implementation. In the present communication, we have discussed a study, which examines this academic programme in relation to the need-satisfaction, the quality and the relevance of the content of the program, course wise content appropriateness, appropriateness in concern with self study, the framework of the study material, the language of the books, difficulty level of the books etc. The results of pilot study has emerged an immediate need of revision of few courses in the program and its relevant study material.

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