Giving you the flexibility and choice to join a course irrespective of who you are or where you are based, the open and distance learning (ODL) mode of education has grown exponentially in the last few years. Offering a range of conventional courses in law, commerce, arts and even offbeat programmes in urban planning, pottery and sericulture, the ODL space is poised for further growth. Experts believe that technology, new methodologies and open education are making open, distance and online education popular. The expenses involved in higher education are also making the ODL mode more relevant.
“The foreseen growth in higher education, globally up from about 180 million students to 420 million students by 2030 and the relevant demands cannot be met by bricks and mortar universities alone. Typically, if you are young and have access to affordable campus education and/or blended learning - many would prefer that. Most students, according to surveys, prefer a mix of face-to-face and online education (blended). Many students, in particular above 25 years, prefer flexible education or ODL,” says Gard Titlestad, secretary general, International Council for Open and Distance Education.