"Distance education is a
planned learning that normally occurs in a different place from teaching
and as a result requires special techniques of course design,
instructional techniques, methods of communication by electronic and other
technology, as well as organizational and administrative
With the advance and
affordability of communication technology, buzz words like distance
education web based learning have become reality. At CCE we are aware that
higher education process will have to adopt the new communication mode to
facilitate efficient exchange of knowledge in the virtual
All distance education courses at CCE involve an on-line component - moderate, intermediate, full and may include the following learning tools and course materials in their delivery: CDs, course notes, reading packages, course texts, a course syllabus and schedule, an on-line calendar, quizzes/tests, learning activities, assignments, midterms/finals, companion Web sites, labs, live chat sessions, asynchronous bulletin board exchanges, and miscellaneous materials.
Distance Education: Environmental Engineering Courses
Rapid industrialisation of
developing countries has led to a shortage of engineering personnel at all
levels. This shortage is felt both in the industrial sector and in the
provision of infrastructure. Recognising this need, the Commonwealth of
learning, Canada, examined new methods for the teaching of Engineers in
Collaboration with the Centre for Ecological sciences, Indian Institute of
Science. This resulted in the launching of a project (in 2000) to prepare
a COL-IISC Series of learning Materials in Engineering
These courses are directed at practising professionals (in service professionals), engineers and technologists, in India, South Asia and the developing countries in the Commonwealth, who are all involved in environmental management in some form. The treatment therefore is not deeply technical or mathematical. In other words, building on their exisiting repertoire of skills base, through this project the target groups will be exposed to the new knowledge that is available in the field.
The courses developed in self-learning materials (SLM) for continuous professional development of engineers and the institutions are:
These courses in self-learning
materials will enable learners to develop an understanding of:
Each of the SLM version of the courses comply with high quality standards and include a tutor's guide. A comprehensive list of references (and suggested reading) is provided at the end of each course to enable the learners to pursue relevant further reading. The methodology involved thorough course packaging (i.e., development, design and materials production).
Working professionals with BSc/ BE/ MSc background.
Two/three days face to face discussion during the course and last two/three days field visit (depends on the course) and an on campus final examination, and in between only online study through internet and interaction with course faculty by chat sessions or internet dissucussion forms.
Overview: Environmental management is the most common word heard in recent times (in the 21st century) but a logical and comprehensive discussion and implementation is often hampered by the methods adopted by different individuals who belong to different disciplines and hence it has become very difficult to divide the real from the imaginary. In this Course, Environmental Management, we will discuss various issues related to environmental management, with special emphasis on the Indian scenario. In Unit 1, you will learn the fundamentals of ecosystem and environmental management. The various environmental policies, legislations and international treaties that have been formulated till date are discussed in Unit 2. In Units 3 and 4, you will learn concepts of environmental impact assessment and the preparation of environmental impact assessment report respectively. This is followed by a discussion on methodology and processes of environmental auditing in Unit 5. In Unit 6, we will introduce you to life cycle assessment, which is used as an environmental management tool. You will learn the various environmental management system standards in Unit 7 of the Course. Unit 8 will deal with related issues and techniques in environmental management. In Units 9 and 10, we will discuss environmental design and economics respectively.
Duration of the course:
CCE Plans to offer these internet based courses (Distance Education, Web Based Education & Competence Based Education) shortly.
Keep watching this space
for a sample course and for more information on internet based