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Symbiosis International Research Journal on Online & Distance Learning (SIRJODL)

ISSN 2582-9009


About the Journal


Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune, is one of India's largest autonomous distance learning educational institutions. In this day and age, distance learning looks beyond traditional reference books and course-end assessments. Online and Distance Learning (ODL) is the need of the hour in a young country such as India, as it makes higher education available to aspiring youth as well as mature learners, and reaches out to the unreached in the remotest corners of this vast nation. It is one of the best modes of increasing the GER in higher education at almost one-fifth the cost. ODL institutions are in a sense great contributors to the national cause of making available higher education to the physically, socially, and financially challenged youth of our country. Technology is a game-changer as it has brought about a paradigm shift in the teaching-learning and evaluation pedagogies and facilitated this process. However, publications by Indian researchers on online and distance learning are almost non-existent. Therefore, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune, plans to provide a platform to researchers and academicians in the form of a research journal on ODL.

Although distance education is considered one of the most crucial options available to us to improve the status of higher education, there are some critical quality-related issues that need to be addressed. To contribute towards this, SCDL launched Symbiosis International Research Journal on Online & Distance Learning (SIRJODL) in 2016. The SIRJODL has continuously provided opportunities for researchers and academicians to publish their research work and we at SCDL provide access to our larger audience.

SIRJODL is a peer-reviewed, international, bi-annual e-journal. This scholarly e-journal publishes refereed articles focusing on the issues and challenges of providing theory, research, and information services regarding all forms and methods of distance and online education or open learning applications. SIRJODL particularly attempts to meet the continuing education needs of practitioners, educators, teachers, and policymakers by providing a forum for the discussion of extended learning strategies, policies and practices, and trends in ODL learning strategies including learning technologies as they all impact the field of online and distance education.

SIRJODL encourages and invites articles that may be theoretical, philosophical, and/or empirical analyses of distance education/open learning/online education/blended learning/ and teaching issues, in the form of case studies, research studies, research articles/notes, and general interest reports. Book reviews and literature reviews are also welcome.


Guidelines for Authors


The manuscript must be original, reflect the integrity expected of scholarly communication, and demonstrate coherence and unity that makes the paper both understandable and interesting. Before submitting an article, please review the following suggestions. Original manuscripts received in the correct form serve to expedite the review process, others will be returned to the author. Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of arrangements, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be studied before submission. A plagiarism check will be done and considered (<10%) substantially by the journal.

Frequency of Publication
SIRJODL is a peer-reviewed, international, bi-annual e-journal. This scholarly e-journal publishes refereed articles focusing on the issues and challenges of providing theory, research, and information services regarding all forms and methods of distance and online education or open learning application

The language of research articles should be English.

ISSN Number
Publish your paper with ISSN No. 2582-9009 in Symbiosis International Research Journal on Online & Distance Learning (SIRJODL) without any Publication Charges.

Because this is an electronic journal the length of papers may vary. The length of your paper should be appropriate to the topic and focus. The manuscript should not exceed 4,000 words, including notes, references and tables, typed using double line spacing, in Times New Roman (size 12) font, indent the first line of every paragraph 0.5 inches, include the page number on every page, on A-4 size, with a one-inch margin on all four sides, should be submitted, with a separate cover page.

All manuscripts must be original. No manuscript will be considered which has already been published or is being considered by another magazine or journal. However, if work described in conference proceedings is substantially revised and extended, it will be considered. Submission of a manuscript represents certification by the author that the article is not being considered nor has been published elsewhere.

All manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt via email. The review will be carried out as promptly as possible. The manuscript will be reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Review Board and/or Editorial Board which takes usually no more than eight weeks. When a decision for publication or rejection is made, the first author or author designated to receive correspondence is notified.

Title Page of Manuscript
The name(s) of the author(s), designation(s), official contact address (es), phone/mobile number(s), and email ID(s) should appear on the cover/title page only. In case of more than one author, the author whose name appears first will be the one with whom the editor of the journal will correspond as and when required. The author(s) need to follow the following for the Title Page of the Manuscript:
Common Contact Information*
first author private contact information (if there is) *
second author private contact information (if there is) **
third author private contact information (if there is)***

Each article should include an informative, comprehensive abstract of 75 to 200 words. This abstract should concisely summarize the major points of the paper, and the author's summary and/or conclusions. The abstract also needs to add a maximum of 4 to 7 keywords used in the articles.

Credits and Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments or appreciation to individuals for assistance with the manuscript or with the material reported should be included in the Acknowledgment at the end of the article.

All submitted manuscripts must use the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) for both in-text and end-of-text references
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Submission Details
All submissions MUST be sent to the Editor by email. No hard copy submission papers will be accepted. Submit your manuscript in WORD FORMAT - Microsoft Word (.doc / .docx). Submit your article at: (researchjournal[at]scdl[dot]net)

Contact Us
Editor Symbiosis International Research Journal on Online & Distance Learning (SIRJODL)
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL)
1065 B, Gokhale Cross Road,
Model Colony, Pune - 411016, Maharashtra, India.
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Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of ODL

  • Symbiosis International Research Journal on Open & Distance Learning with ISSN Number Click Here
  • Cover Page Click Here
  • Index Page Click Here
  • Paper-1 Revamping Distance Learning in India Issues and Challenges Click Here
  • Paper-2 Utilization of Ideas Discovered in Academic Conference as a Key to Good Governance in Open and Distance Education in Nigeria Click Here
  • Paper-3 Current Status of Employability of Online Higher Education in India Click Here
  • Paper-4 Enhancing Quality in Distance Education Click Here
  • Paper-5 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Empowering Value Addition in the Field of Distance Education Click Here
  • Paper-6 A Critical Investigation of Scope Opportunities and Challenges in Online Distance Learning Education Click Here
  • Paper-7 Implications of Blended Learning in Distance Education with Special Reference to Virtual Learning Environment Click Here

  • Cover Page Click Here
  • Index Page Click Here
  • Paper-1 ODL Learner Support Issues and Challenges – Students and Tutors perspective (Solomon Islands National University)
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  • Paper-2 Empowerment of Women through ODL - NIOS a Case Study Click Here
  • Paper-3 Continuous Engagement and Evaluationof a learner in ODL Click Here
  • Paper-4 Facilitating visually impaired learners of Mathematics in ODL Click Here
  • Paper-5 Quality Enhancement in Assessment Practices in Distance Learning: Context, Concerns and Challenges Click Here
  • Paper-6 Empowerment through Research: a KKHSOU perspective Click Here
  • Paper-7 A new outlook to Inclusive Education Click Here

1. Contemporary Issues In Open and Distance Education (ODE)
  • Paper-1 Mitra - the Adolescent Friendly Centre Outreaching the Open School Learners for Developing Potential through Life Skills Education Click Here
  • Paper-2 Quality Improvement in Open and Distance Education Institutes Click Here
  • Paper-3 Critical Evaluation of Competency Mapping for Teachers in Traditional and ODL Environment Click Here
2. Ethics in ODE
  • Paper-1 Collaboration and Networking in Open Schooling towards Reaching to the Unreached Click Here
3. Digitally Enabled ODE
  • Paper-1 E-Storytelling for the Foreign Language Learning Click Here
  • Paper-2 Affective Learning - Digital Badges for Online Division Learning Sustainability Click Here
  • Paper-3 Tool for Evaluating Learning in an Open and Distance Learning Environment Click Here
4. Teaching- Learning Methodologies in ODE
  • Paper-1 Implementation of Experiential Learning in Virtual Mode in an Undergraduate Program of Engineering Technology Click Here

1. Multi-media in E-learning
  • Paper-1 Study on Opportunities and Challenges of E-Learning System: Management Students’ Perspective in Pune city
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  • Paper-2 Increasing Trends in E Learning : An Author’s Perspective Click Here
2. Digital Classroom
  • Paper-3 Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of ODL Click Here
3.Vocational and Technology Education
  • Paper-4 Role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of Education Click Here
4. Use of Open Education Resources in ODE
  • Paper-5 Use of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Learning Management Systems for Open and Distance Learning to reach the Masses in India: A Step towards Sustainable Education Initiative Click Here
  • Paper-6 Use of Technology in Distance Education – A Bibliographic Study Click Here

1. Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of ODL
  • Paper-1 Enhancing Quality of Educational Resources in Open and Distance Learning
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  • Paper-2 A Review on Enhancing Quality of Online Distance Education
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2. Need of Faculty Development in ODL
  • Paper-3 The Role of Faculty Development in Online Teaching with Different Online Tools for the Effective Learning Click Here
  • Paper-4 Skills and Competencies needed for the Faculty members in ODL Format Click Here
3.Integration of Technology in ODL
  • Paper-5 Integration of Technology in Online and Distance Learning Click Here
  • Paper-6 E Skills: Teaching with Technology for Online Educators Click Here
  • Paper-7 Integration of Technology in ODL: NEP-2020 Initiatives & its Fall-out Effects Click Here
  • Paper-8 Learner Support Services in Open Distance Learning System: Plug and Play Model of Education Click Here
  • Paper-9 MOOCs in India: Changing Trend towards Open Distance Learning Click Here
4. Curriculum Development in ODL
  • Paper-10 Effective Design of ODL Curriculum Click Here
5. Use of OER’s in ODL
  • Paper-11 Role of Open Educational Resources in Distance Learning Click Here
  • Paper-12 Notion of Copyright Protection in Open Access Publications and Development of Self-Learning Material Click Here
  • Paper-13 Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Boon for Digital Education Click Here
  • Paper-14 Use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Online Teaching and Learning Click Here
  • Paper-15 Transforming Traditional Teaching - Use of Open Educational Resources in ODL Click Here
6. E-Proctored Exams in ODL

1. Utilising educational technologies for ODL
  • Paper-1 Utilising the benefits of Covid-19 disruption for the betterment of open and distance learning (ODL)
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  • Paper-2 Exploring new pathways to increase learner’s engagement with special reference to E-Mentoring in the field of ODL : Experiences from KKHSOU, Assam
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2. Faculty development in ODL
  • Paper-3 Adapting to ODL in times of Covid – 19 Click Here
3.Online learning methodologies in ODL
  • Paper-4 The Changing Face of ODL in India Click Here
  • Paper-5 New Normals of Effective Online Learning Methodologies Click Here
4. Educational research methodologies in ODL
  • Paper-6 Educational Research Methodologies in Online and Distance Learning Click Here

1. Developing an Interactive Online Teaching-Learning Community in ODL
  • Paper-1 Guidelines for Addressing Challenges and Opportunities in Developing an Interactive Online Teaching-Learning Community in ODL
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2. Facilitating Students to Achieve Learning Outcomes in ODL
  • Paper-2 The Educators’ Perspective on Student’s Participation in ODL SystemsClick Here
3.Quality Assurance and Quality Indicators in ODL
  • Paper-3 Sustaining and Enhancing the Quality of ODL Click Here
4. e-Proctored Exams in ODL
5. Distance Education Models and Best Practices
  • Paper-5 Importance of ODL as an Alternative Mode of Education: An Exposition Click Here