With its own dedicated satellite launched in 2004 solely for education and training purposes, India has embarked on technology supported distance learning, namely eLearning. Numerous eLearning initiatives are mushrooming in the country, launched by central and state institutions, agencies, private service providers and NGOs. The demand for eLearning in the Indian corporate sector, though still in a nascent state, is expected to grow rapidly.
German Technical Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ) has been building capacities in eLearning in India for its partner institutions under the banner of the “Industrial Services Network – ISN” since 2003 through seminars, workshops and an eight months comprehensive eLearning programme.
Against this background GTZ and ISN will contribute two panels and a pre-conference workshop to the IGNOU-ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) conference in November 2005. The panels cover the topics “Building eLearning Competence Centers in India” and “European Approaches on Quality Assurance in Internet based Knowledge Building. And what is the perspective in India?”.
In the full-day hands-on workshop on “How to produce instructional modules on the Internet” the participants will design eLearning course modules. The results will be published instantly on the Internet and the participants will receive certificates in accordance to the individual results. The workshop, which is held on November 18th at IGNOU in Delhi, addresses teachers, trainers and educational experts. Registration is still possible!