Television programs as a medium for education in distance learning courses have not only been an effective tool but have turned out to be very popular too.
- Educational Channel: Gyan Darshan
- Educational TV program: Motivating people
- Program aired on: 27 April 2014
- Conducted by: National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training & Research, Kolkata, India
- Classroom instructor: Professor B. C. Das
The plus points
The classroom instructor Professor B. C. Das appeared to be very knowledgeable and expert on his subject; so in this regard, television has made it possible to harness the talents of the best teachers in their field for the greater good of students.
The viewing experience of watching the program was very close to actually sit inside a classroom. With the kind of quality video and audio being displayed, taking down notes weren’t too difficult.
Instructor Professor B. C. Das was very organized and to the point in his teaching methodology. His citing of real life examples also helped in gaining a closer understanding of the points he was teaching. Also his choices of words were very simple and understandable; these factors could be very effective for viewers or students from diverse background with varying level of understanding.
The minus points
Since the teaching was being imparted on a TV, no further action was possible other than viewing and listening. There was absence of learner participation during the program. It is just one way communication. If a student misses a point, he or she doesn’t have the means to request the teacher to repeat the point, which is a major drawback of such educational TV programs.
Although, the usage of words by the instructor while conducting the programmed were simple in general, there were few jargon used which were not explained. This again can be a roadblock for students who are trying to gain a better understanding of the topic.
The biggest criticism of the program could be its failure to employ supporting audio and visual aids apart from the texts written on the green board and vocal explanation of the teacher. Pictures, charts, short video clips, graphs could have been employed which could have made the learning experience more understandable and enjoyable.
Although, this particular educational TV program had its limitations, the importance of such a medium cannot be diminished. Educational tv programmes in India such as this, provide easy accessibility to classroom kind of teachings with just a push of a button on remote and thus are boon for the masses and can go a long way in increasing the literacy level of the country.