Distance learning: the five qualities student teachers need to succeed

Distance learning: the five qualities student teachers need to succeed

International bodies, politicians, policy makers and researchers have always been interested in the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. This is because the quality of a country’s teachers is an indicator of its developmental level. Distance education is often viewed as a way to speed up the process of producing well qualified, good teachers. This approach involves a model in which students are physically separated from the university or training college in question. Students usually communicate with the institution through emails, online learning support systems or occasional face-to-face tutorials. Distance education tends to…

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Distance learning: Five qualities student teachers need to succeed

Distance learning: Five qualities student teachers need to succeed

International bodies, politicians, policymakers and researchers have always been interested in the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. This is because the quality of a country’s teachers is an indicator of its developmental level. Distance education is often viewed as a way to speed up the process of producing well qualified, good teachers. This approach involves a model in which students are physically separated from the university or training college in question. Students usually communicate with the institution through emails, online learning support systems or occasional face-to-face tutorials. Distance education tends to be…

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Colleges need fresh approval for distance learning courses: UGC

Colleges need fresh approval for distance learning courses: UGC

Commission (UGC) has asked all the institutions offering distance learning courses to seek fresh approval. The UGC (open and distancelearning) regulations, 2017, need to be complied in order to run the distance programs. According to UGC, minimum standards of instructions have been laid down in the 2017 regulations and hence the institutes offering distance learning courses, need to take fresh approval from it. Higher educational institutions (HEIs) approved for 2017-18 have been permitted to offer approved open and distance learning programs for the academic year 2017-18. Such HEIs will be required to apply afresh in…

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India’s Schools Need the Light of Inner Discipline, Not the Militarisation of Consciousness

India’s Schools Need the Light of Inner Discipline, Not the Militarisation of Consciousness

Recent reports of the Prime Minister’s Office advising the human resource development ministry to introduce elements of military school training and ‘patriotic’ sentiments in regular schools has left me disturbed. As a teacher with sustained engagement with critical pedagogy and life-affirming education, I feel that this is yet another effort at militarisation of consciousness and equating discipline with non-reflexive obedience. A debate on the merits of such a decision should not be limited to the government or its ideology; instead, it should be about the socio-philosophical and pedagogic enquiry into the dynamics…

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New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

Universities offering programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, notified by the commission on Friday. The commission, through the regulations, has laid down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels through open and distance learning mode. According to officials, under the new regulations, students will also be allowed to take up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the…

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Colleges need fresh approval for distance learning courses: UGC

Colleges need fresh approval for distance learning courses: UGC

KOLHAPUR: University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all the institutions offering distance learning courses to seek fresh approval. The UGC (open and distancelearning) regulations, 2017, need to be complied in order to run the distance programs. According to UGC, minimum standards of instructions have been laid down in the 2017 regulations and hence the institutes offering distance learning courses, need to take fresh approval from it. Higher educational institutions (HEIs) approved for 2017-18 have been permitted to offer approved open and distance learning programs for the academic year 2017-18. Such HEIs will be required to apply afresh in…

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Colleges need fresh nod for distance courses: UGC

Colleges need fresh nod for distance courses: UGC

New Delhi: University Grants Commission has directed all educational institutions offering distance learning courses will now need to seek fresh approval. The As per the directive, minimum standards of instructions have been laid down hence the institutes offering distance learning courses, need to take fresh approval under the newly notified norms. UGC (open and distance learning) regulations, 2017, needs to be complied in order to run the distance programmes which have been notified recently. Higher educational institutions approved for 2017-18 have been permitted to offer approved open and distance learning programs…

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Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

From Advanced Placement courses offered by state-run virtual schools to credit recovery classes delivered via third-party software, supplemental online education courses have exploded in K-12 education. To help policymakers, administrators, educators, parents, and students make sense of it all, Education Week published an overview explaining the many varieties of online classes now available to K-12 students. It’s part of our new special report on the state of classroom technology, which you can read here. For those who want to dig deeper, here are the reports and research studies that have…

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Open, distance learning courses need fresh UGC approval

Open, distance learning courses need fresh UGC approval

Higher educational institutions offering open and distance learning (ODL) courses with the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC) will now have to apply afresh with it for grant of recognition. The higher education regulator has made it mandatory for all universities, notifying revised regulations for the institutions offering undergraduate and post-graduate level ODL programmes in various disciplines. The UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 came into immediate effect from June 23, with the commission notifying it in an official gazette. Higher Educational Institutions in India do not have…

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Navient lawsuit: What student loan borrowers need to know

Navient lawsuit: What student loan borrowers need to know

Navient Corp., the nation’s largest student loan servicer, is facing three lawsuits alleging that it harmed student loan borrowers throughout the repayment process. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Illinois and Washington attorneys general sued Navient in January. Among other things, the CFPB alleges that since at least January 2010, Navient misallocated payments, steered struggling borrowers toward multiple forbearances instead of income-driven repayment plans, and provided unclear information about how to re-enroll in income-driven repayment plans and how to qualify for a co-signer release. The CFPB is asking…

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