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Besides offering PGDDE and MADE as long-term professional development Programmes in Distance Education, STRIDE conducts short-term training programmes of various types and for varieties of academic, technical/professional, and non-academic staff of IGNOU, State Open Universities, dual-mode university Distance Education Institutes, and other agencies/organisations in India and overseas.
Every year, training programmes ranging from three to 21 days on various aspects of distance education are conducted for staff working in State Open Universities and Distance Education Institutes all over the country and abroad. Here are a few examples:
Induction and Orientation Programmes:
  • Specialised Training (on specific areas),
  • Self-Learning Material Development (SLMD) Workshop at SOUs and DEIs,
  • Refresher Programme on Distance Education and other Disciplines (in collaboration with schools of studies),
  • Non-Teaching Staff Development,
  • Training of Academic Counsellors,
  • Training for Research and Teaching Associates (RTAs),
  • Online Training on SLM Development
These programmes are offered at institutional, regional, national and international levels with the help of resource persons, training packages, teleconferencing and distance and online learning. The focus of these programmes is on the following functional areas:
  • Curriculum design and development,
  • Instructional design,
  • Development of self-learning materials,
  • Course adaptation/ transformation/revision,
  • Management of distance and open education,
  • Assessment and evaluation techniques,
  • Learner support and academic counselling,
  • Media and technology in distance education,
  • Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in distance education/ Online learning,
  • Interactive multimedia in distance education,
  • Effective writing and communication skills,
  • R&D in distance education,
  • Quality in distance education,
  • Programme evaluation.