Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma

Moodler, Online Teaching Trainer, OER evangelist
Male |New Delhi - 110078, India

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About Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma

Ramesh Sharma is a PhD in Education (in the area of Educational Technology) and Master of Computer Applications (MCA).

From July 2009 till June 2011, he was the Director of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE), at University of Guyana, Guyana, South America to lead distance education activities in the country. He had been a member of Advisory Group on Human Resources Development for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The UNCTAD is one of the main UN bodies devoted to a development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. He has also worked with UNDP for its Enhanced Public Trust, Security and Inclusion (EPTSI) project, Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) to develop suitable educational opportunities for communities and youth.

Open Education and eLearning
He has been involved in the planning, design and development of teaching and learning materials for Indira Gandhi National Open University; M P Bhoj Open University, Bhopal; Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota and Maharshi Dayanand University, India. These are premier institutes of India.

He is the Co-Editor of 'Asian Journal of Distance Education' (www.ASIANJDE.org) and Country Editor for India for British Journal of Educational Technology. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of many Journals including “International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning”, online journal published by Athabasca University, Canada, “International Journal of Distance Education Technologies” published by IGI-Global, USA; and “Indian Journal of Open Learning” published by IGNOU. He was also on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Distance Education” published by the Taylor & Francis Group.

Teaching Preferences

Online Teaching

Face to Face Teaching

Teaches following Subjects/Exams
Local Area Network (LAN) (Computer: Networking)
Language of Instruction: English
Teaching Experience


Institute of Distance and Continuing Education, Georgetown, Guyana

Jul 2009 - Jun 2011

information technology


PhD (Educational Technology)

Maharshi Dayanand University, India

Apr 1987 - Aug 1991

University Grants Commission National Educational Testing

Associations & Membership
OER Foundation
New Zealand
Jun 2009 - Present


Chair - membership
Jan 1998 - Present


Publications and Research
Applications of E-Tutoring at Indira Gandhi National Open University
Author(s)/Editor(s): Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India); Sanjaya Mishr

The education system in India has witnessed various transformations: from ancient system of Gurukul (where the teacher and the taught used to attain educational objectives living in proximity) to online or virtual education where the teacher or students interact through Internet technologies only. There have been a lot of improvements in telecommunications and educational facilities. The country as a whole has noticed developments in many areas of social, economical, scientific and infrastructure sectors. Therefore educational systems need to be integrated with such sectors so that the investment in building human capital results in overall national growth. The open and distance learning (ODL) system is one such tool which can help in addressing local, regional and national needs. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) with more than two million learners in 2009 and a country-wide reach with over 60 regional centres and over 2000 learner support centres catering to remote and tribal areas has been a leader towards the democratization of education with social responsibility. IGNOU offers a large number of vocational and employment-oriented courses in the area of health, agriculture, retail, tourism, hospitality, and so on. The university has the challenges of managing the convergence (of formal and ODL stream) and to serve large number of students spread across the breadth and length of the country. Three vital areas of education (i.e., inclusion, expansion and excellence) need to be addressed as priorities. Thus to address these, new mechanisms of e-tutoring have been introduced by IGNOU. This chapter discusses the applications of e-tutoring and its implications in the context of Indian National Open University.

Emerging Trends of Student Support Services in Indian Distance Education
Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)

Even though the concept of distance education emerged in the West/Europe, it is evident that the impact of this concept in terms of emergence of distance education institutions, student enrolment, and utilization of a variety of media are quite predominant in the context of Indian subcontinent especially India. The chapter traces briefly the history and growth of distance education in India. Various facets of student support are discussed followed by how various modes of ICT are employed as a part of student support. This chapter also examines the best practices adopted and emerging trends of students support by open universities in India. It also examines the role ICT has played and the future trends the ICT would enable effective student support.

Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning
Ugur Demiray (Anadolu University, Turkey); Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University,

Today, e-learning and various online education applications are used in more countries and educational institutions than ever before. However, as the industry grows, so do issues of ethical concern such as plagiarism, electronic voyeurism, and licensing. Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning outlines a systems approach as the framework to guide all ethical perspectives in Open and Distance Learning System (ODLS). This important title provides academicians, students, and professionals with ethical insight into the world of e-learning through fascinating case studies that elucidate the issues through real-world examples.

E-Learning in India
Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)

Education is an essential tool for the economical and social development of a nation. Proper development of human resources is crucial to that. To make everyone able to receive education, there are different forms of educational programmes and provisions. In India, adult education, open and distance education, Operation Blackboard, sarva siksha abhiyan, and so forth have been put in place to achieve universalisation of education. The literacy rate has shown an increase from 36.17% in the 1970s, 52.19% in 1991, to 65.38% in 2001. An increase in the strength of educational institutions is also evident from the fact that while there were over 20 universities and 500 colleges in 1947, now India has 311 universities (including 19 central universities, 206 state universities, 86 deemed-to-be universities, 13 institutes of national significance, and five institutions established through the State Legislature Act; Dhir, 2004). The Indian higher education system is said to be the second largest after U.S. in the world, based on the expansion of institutions, student enrollment, and faculty. But to this rosy picture, the other dark side of the coin is that in spite of having this large educational infrastructure, higher education is accessible only to 6% to 7% of 18- to 23-year-olds, as found out by a World Bank report (2001) and Kumar (2004). Dongaonkar (2004) reported that there are other developing countries that have a higher percentage of educational coverage, for example, Indonesia (11%), Brazil (12%), Mexico (14%), and Thailand (19%). The government of India (2002) has laid the emergent need of providing educational opportunities, for more than 3.2 million children (six to 14 years) and 100 million adults (13 to 35 years) need school education

Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls
Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India); Sanjaya Mishra

E-learning has assumed a significant role in the educational sector in both face-to-face learning and distance learning forms. Universities all over the globe have adopted e-learning methodology, or are planning to implement it in the near future. Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls looks into global practices of e-learning, examining the successes and failures of e-learning professionals. It provides a judicious mix of practical experiences and research in the form of case studies. Written by experts from all over the globe, this book shows how to design instructional strategies for e-learning, illustrates the application of e-learning with case studies, and reviews the potential of e-learning in education and training. Cases on Global E-Learning Practices: Successes and Pitfalls gives an understanding of the practical implementation of e-learning technologies, including what to do and what to avoid.

Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training
Sanjaya Mishra; Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)

Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training emerges out of the need to share information and knowledge on the research and practices of using multimedia in various educational settings. The book discusses issues related to planning, designing and development of interactive multimedia in a persuasive tone and style, offering rich research data. Roles and application of multimedia in different education and training contexts are highlighted, as are case studies of multimedia development and use, including areas such as language learning, cartography, engineering education, health sciences, and others. Authors of various chapters report on their experiences of designing multimedia materials that are pedagogically appropriate and suitable to the cognitive abilities of the target groups.

by Chamika posted on 09 March, 2014

good and having the sound knowledge and know how to share easily

by Muditha Ankumbura posted on 09 March, 2014

A very good session

by Kamani Samarasinghe posted on 09 March, 2014

shared useful informations

by Jeewanthi Hettiarachchi posted on 01 December, 2013

Another interesting session Sir.. Im reallly happy to work with u sir.. :)

by Dinendra Priyasad posted on 01 December, 2013

it is really, great

by Sujeewa Rohan posted on 01 December, 2013

excellent work

by Tharika Navarathne posted on 23 November, 2013

This class was good guider for us

by Arunika Nirmani posted on 22 November, 2013

i couldn't join with yours on that day.but i asked the recording.very useful for us.thank you

by Jayani Dilhara posted on 20 November, 2013

this class very important

by Janaka Kottegoda posted on 05 November, 2013

good idea..mis

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