The sudden outbreak of the pandemic caused by the COVID 19 has affected nearly all parts of the world. A UNESCO study has shown that the pandemic has forced majority of the countries to lockdown as a result of which the lives of more that 80 percent students all over the world have been adversely affected. Significantly, such lockdowns may continue in many countries, though partially, for quite a longer period which will further affect the education of millions of learners who have already faced a major setback due to the unprecedented lockdown and the consequent separation from their Alma matter with regard to course delivery, progression, evaluation and so on. As the whole world today is facing the crisis of the Novel Corona Virus, it has become a major challenge for the educational institutions, including those in the higher education sector, to go online and connect with the students—which is being seen as an unconventional practice in most of the conventional higher educational institutions.

In their response to facilitate online learning, regulatory bodies like the University Grants Commission (UGC) in India and many inter-governmental organisations like the Commonwealth ofLearning (COL), have come up with several e-resources and learning technologies which are freely and widely made available for the benefit of all. In fact, in the current pandemic situation, as most of the regulatory bodies across different spaces have come forward to facilitate online learning in every levels of education, there is no dearth of such resources or technologies in the field of higher education. However, as most of the conventional universities or higher educational institutions have not widely used such technologies before, and as their students are equally not much conversant with such technological interventions in education, the use of technology also raises considerable doubts on the efficacy of such efforts and initiatives. While the production and delivery of custom-made (syllabi-based) study materials remains another important issue to be taken into consideration, different policy and regulatory bottlenecks may also arise. Thus, issues such as— How to impart learning contents to students? How to evaluate their learning? How to ensure their credit requirements? etc. are imminent to emerge as time elapses.

In such a situation, there seems to have emerged an urgent need for both the traditional universities as well as the ODL institutions to join hands and undertake certain collaborative activities which will bemutually beneficial for both. It is true that the ODL institutions have traditionally utilised the manpower of the traditional institutions in various capacities in areas like preparation of syllabi and self-leaning materials, course delivery, evaluation works and so on. Now, considering the expertise ofthe ODL institutions to handle different learning technologies as well as their ability to use the different unconventional ways of evaluations in a routine manner, the conventional academic institutions may significantly benefit from such collaborations. Partnership and collaboration may therefore be seen as crucial, given the fact that the present pandemic situation is not going to ease out soon.

Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Assam, India in collaboration with Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi proposes this Two-day International Online Conference on “Teaching-Learning in the Time of Pandemic: Role of Online Learning” from 21-22 April, 2020. Teachers, Academia and Policy makers of both Open and Conventional Universities, Colleges and officials in Government departments as well as independent scholars may participate in the conference sending Papers/Abstracts on the main theme or any of the sub themes. Key Note addresses in the Conference shall be delivered by prominent Policy Makers and ODL Experts. Dr.Prasenjit Das, (+91-94351-46596) and Dr. Bhaskar Sarmah (+91-98642-62329) of KKHSOU and Dr.Manas Ranjan Panigrahi, Senior Programme Officer, CEMCA, shall be the Joint-Convenors ofthe Online Conference. Abstracts of about 300 words and/or full papers of about 2500 words with at least 3 key words could be submitted at:

Sub Themes:

  1. Online Learning in the time of COVID 19.
  2. Equity, Access and Inclusion in Education at the time of COVID 19.
  3. Health and Wellbeing: Role of Education in the Developing Countries.
  4. Governance, Partnership and Collaboration during a Pandemic.
  5. Support Services for the Learners suffering from Stress and Trauma during the Lockdown due toCOVID 19.
  6. National and International ODL Models of Course-Delivery at the time of a Pandemic.

Important Dates:
 Conference Dates: 21-22 April, 2020
 Last date of Paper/Abstract Submission: 16 April, 2020
 Intimation of Acceptance: 17 April, 2020
 Last date of Registration: 18 April, 2020

Conference Modality:
 The conference will be organised completely through online. Paper Presenters, Keynote speakers and all participants will be participating in live interaction. E-Certificate will be awarded to the paper presenters and participants.

Registration For Participation/Paper-Presenters:
 The participants/paper-presenters may register using the following link:
Registration Form

Important Notes:

Registration Fee: There will be no Registration fee for the Conference.

Programme Schedule, Programme Schedule can be downloaded Here

Log-in Credentials for online connectivity for the conference dates shall be shared with the participants latest by 5 pm, 19 April, 2020 (Indian Standard Time).

Publication: All full papers/materials presented in the Conference will be released under Creative Commons License: CC-BY-SA.