CONTENTS:- 1. Distance education: conceptual framework/K. Parameswara Rao; 2. Origin, growth and development of distance education/Sanjay L. Mahajan and Ashwin Sonone; 3. New dimensions in distance education/P. Prasad; 4. Distance education in Indian perspectives/Shardindu; 5. Learners support systems in open and distance education/Rampelli Satyanarayana; 6. Open education in emerging technological society/Romesh Verma; 7. Technology in the ambit of distance education/J.S. Dorothy; 8. Distance education in information age/Geeta Bansal; 9. Communications technology support to distance education in developing countries: some challenges/Sanjay Laxmanrao Mahajan; 10. Communication media technologies in distance education/D. Prakasa Rao; 11. Library and information services democratising higher education through distance mode/Dele Braimoh; 12. Skills competency for distance educators in technological age/Regina Schoenfeld; 13. Designing technological environments in life long learning/Ashwin Sonone and Sanjay L. Mahajan; 14. Information technology and virtual university approach/A.S. Guha; 15. e-Learning methodology: some strategies in distance education/B.V. Pawar; 16. Web based learning YCMOU model/Satish Rastogi; 17. Building a virtual academy/Harvey Wheeler; 18. Multi media in open education/Romesh Verma and Madhu Lata; 19. Interactive multi-media in professional training through distance mode/Rucha Gujar, Sanjay Laxmanrao Mahajan and Ashwin Sonone; 20. Paradigms of research in distance education: an Indian perspective/B.K. Passi; 21. Distance education research publishing models in South African universities in 21 century/Dele Braimoh; 22. Distance education: Kenyan experience/Alade, E.B., Okwaro, R. and Mutal P; 23. Distance learning styles: a research study/Weiyuan Zhang and Kirk Perris; 24. Evaluation of teaching learning network: UGC technique/R. Varadarajan; 25. Evaluation of research in educational media in India/Usha Vyasulu Reddi; 26. Information and communication technology in distance education/P.K. Sahoo and Dhananjai Yadav.
Government of India is committed to attain status of a developed nation by 2020. The application of ICT in distance education can prove effective to achieve India the status of developed nation. This volume is comprised of twenty-six papers in distance education written by reputed scholars and leading distance education professionals currently working in India and abroad. The papers deal with the following areas: Conceptual framework of distance education. Distance education in Indian perspectives. Distance education in information age. Multimedia in distance education. Communication technologies and distance education. Virtual university. Research in distance education. The book is informative, useful and stimulating. It provides comprehensive synthesis of major developments in distance education.