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MULTI-MEDIA APPROACH: Karnataka State Open University Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai (second from left) sharing a view with O.R. Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, at the inauguration of basic audio video production training programme for the faculty of KSOU, in Mysore on Monday.
MULTI-MEDIA APPROACH: Karnataka State Open University Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai (second from left) sharing a view with O.R. Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, at the inauguration of basic audio video production training programme for the faculty of KSOU, in Mysore on Monday.

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O.R. Reddy: self-learning method will be the most common medium soon

MYSORE: O.R. Reddy, Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad, on Monday said that open universities had a significant role to play in increasing the country’s higher education enrolment from 8 per cent now to 15 per cent by 2015.

As the conventional universities alone could not take higher education to unreached sections of society, he said, the open universities could be instrumental in bridging the gap.

Prof. Reddy was inaugurating the basic audio-video production training programme for the faculty of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), organised jointly by the KSOU and the Electronic Media Production Centre (EMPC), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), here.

Prof. Reddy, who did extensive research on open and distance learning, said unlike the conventional universities which had resources and infrastructure, open universities faced dearth of such facilities. But the missing infrastructure in open universities was compensated by self-learning, which was likely to become most common educational practice in the coming years.

Thanks to excellent research by resource persons, the study materials given to students by open universities had tremendous transformation, thereby giving opportunity to every individual to learn without a classroom, he said.

He said the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was a useful tool to expand higher education by incorporating the proven audio-visual aids in the teaching-learning system. “The ICT can make a big difference in view of the challenge faced by the country in providing higher education to the masses. Many conventional universities have made use of ICT to better their teaching-learning methodologies and it is time for the open universities to embrace e-learning in a big way,” Prof. Reddy said.

He said the retention ability among students who learnt through audio-visual aids were more when compared to learning with the help of study materials. The use of audio-visual tools in learning brought attitudinal change among students too, he added.

“The audio-visual aids are significant in the effective use of sensory organs. If eyes and ears contribute 90 to 95 per cent of learning, the rest of the sensory organs contribute to learning,” he said.

KSOU Dean (Academic) Jagadeesha, who highlighted the importance of training programme, said the programme enhanced teaching-learning and gave an opportunity to the participants to update their knowledge.

Ashok Nishesh of IGNOU, who is the co-ordinator of the training programme’s technical camp, said teaching and learning methodologies had undergone noticeable change and technology played a major role in changing the concept of teaching-learning. The training programme would explain how ICT tools could be used for the benefit of learners.

KSOU Vice-Chancellor B.A. Vivek Rai presided over the function. Registrar Jayaprakash Rao was present.

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