Year 2014, Volume 15 , Issue 3, Pages 242 - 253 2014-09-01

ICT Usage By Distance Learners In India

Ashish Kumar AWADHIYA [1] , Anshu MIGLANI [2] , K. GOWTHAMAN [3]


Open Universities across the world are embracing ICT based teaching and learning process to disseminate quality education to their learners spread across the globe. In India availability and access of ICT and learner characteristics are uneven and vary from state to state. Hence it is important to establish the facts about ICT access among learners, their ICT usage patterns and their readiness to use ICT for educational purpose. In view of this, a study was conducted with the objective to find out the access level of ICT among distance learners. The analysis indicates that maximum learners have desktop/laptops and most of them are accessing internet very frequently from their home. The analysis also indicates that maximum respondents are browsing social networking sites followed by educational and e-mail service providing websites. Findings suggest that there is a need to generate ICT based tutorials complemented with social networking tools and mobile applications. Study also shows that learners are equipped with mobile phones and they are browsing internet through it and also availing support services offered by the university. Hence possibility of integrating mobile phone services may be used for providing learner support services and content delivery.
ICT, Distance Education, Social Media, ICT Accessibility, Mobile Learning.
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Journal Section Articles
Authors

Author: Ashish Kumar AWADHIYA

Author: Anshu MIGLANI

Author: K. GOWTHAMAN

Dates

Application Date : February 27, 2015
Acceptance Date : June 19, 2021
Publication Date : September 1, 2014

APA Awadhıya, A , Mıglanı, A , Gowthaman, K . (2014). ICT Usage By Distance Learners In India . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education , 15 (3) , 242-253 . DOI: 10.17718/tojde.52135