Indian Journal of Open Learning (ISSN: 0971-2690), Vol 27, No 2 (2018)

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Effectiveness of Blended Mode of Teaching Learning for Skilling of Food Processing Professionals



As food processing is a sun rising sector, demands for trained human resources for food industry are growing fast. The conventional educational institutions are producing a limited number of graduates and post graduates in this area, hence there is wide gap between the supply and the demand of trained persons. Considering the potential of the Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) system for strengthening the Human Resource Development (HRD) in this area, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) developed a PG Diploma Programme in Food Science and Technology (PGDFT), which was offered through blended mode. The purpose of offering the programme through blended mode was to enhance the theoretical knowledge of the learners through online course content and video lectures and to develop and upgrade the skills by conducting practical and hands-on industrial training. The programme was offered through this mode in two academic sessions. The present study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of this programme in knowledge enhancement and skill development of the learners. The study was designed using mixed method of COL PREST A5 and data was collected from the registered learners in this programme using a questionnaire/Likert type scale developed by the researcher and validated by the experts. The questionnaire was focused to assess the effectiveness of the blended mode for programme delivery in capacity building of the learners through study of different components like quality of e-content, online lectures, support services, delivery of the programme, evaluation, skills development and so on. The learners were also asked to express their opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of this programme, reasons for dropping out and also to provide suggestions for improvement of this programme. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used for data analysis.

The results would help to improve the quality of the programme and suggest alternative strategies for capacity building in future in the backdrop of new interventions such as SWAYAM and SWAYAM Prabha by the Govt. of India.

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