Sustainability Science in Open and Distance Learning: Concept and Needs Assessment in India

  • Y.S.C. Khuman Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
  • S.K. Yadav Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
  • M.K. Salooja Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India
Keywords: Open and distance learning, Sustainability science, Need assessment, India

Abstract

The twin objectives of this study were to assess the demand for the sustainability science programme in open and distance learning (ODL) and to identify the major content to be covered under the programme. The study was undertaken following e-mails, and web-based surveys and data were collected from 139 respondents. The key survey questions were on needs and reasons for sustainability science education through ODL; entry level qualifications, and suggestions on broad course contents. The results revealed that majority of respondents felt the need for a masters ODL academic programme in sustainability science with associated reasons. The respondents suggested broad course contents to be covered which were categorized under nine modules. In the light of the findings of this study and related discussion, it is recommended to develop a programme on sustainability science under ODL and online modes to meet the continuing education needs and build the capacities of stakeholders closely related to sustainable development.

Author Biographies

Y.S.C. Khuman, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Assistant Professor, School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi-110068, India.

 

S.K. Yadav, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Associate Professor, School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi-110068, India.

 

M.K. Salooja, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Professor in School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi-110068, India 

Published
2020-08-19