Factors Influencing Preference for Certification Courses Delivered Through Technology-Driven Distance Education
Ansuman Sar1, Satya Narayan Misra2

1Ansuman Sar, Student, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India.
2Dr. Satya Narayan Misra, Dean (Academics), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), India.
Manuscript received on July 20, 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on August 10, 2019. | Manuscript published on August 30, 2019. | PP: 5356-5365 | Volume-8 Issue-6, August 2019. | Retrieval Number: F9051088619/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.F9051.088619
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Abstract: As per the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of the distance learning is – “It is a method of study where teachers and students do not meet in a classroom but use the Internet, e- mail, video conference, audio conference mediums of the study. The assessments and doubt clearing also happen online and still there are some planned face to face interaction programs with the students.” In the late 1900s, correspondence courses started coming into the picture. These courses were mainly introduced for the working professionals and for the people who wish to go for competitive examinations as travelling to the university is difficult if it is far off. This is to enhance the access and reach for the learners. Many of the tutorial companies and coaching centers also use distance learning model to cater to the needs of IIT JEE/Civil services aspirants in India. However, distance-learning courses have much better acceptance in the western countries. In Europe and America, they have wider acceptance and several studies done have proven the need of the distance courses and the perception of the people about the distance courses is really good.
Keywords: Distance learning, Technology-enabled education, Online courses, E-learning.