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Prof Santosh Panda


Prof Santosh Panda, M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Education), Certificate in ETV (BBC, UK), is a professor of Distance Education, Staff Training & Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Dr. Panda has previously served as founding director, Inter-University Consortium for Technology-Enabled Flexible Education and Development (IUC-TEFED), IGNOU (2004- 2007); Director, Staff Training & Research Institute, IGNOU (1997-2000); Director, Research and Policy Division, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) (1994-1997); lecturer, senior lecturer and reader in Distance Education at IGNOU (1987-1994); and lecturer in the Faculty of Education and project officer at the Centre for Adult & Continuing Education, both at Kurukshetra University, India (1984-1987).

He is also the coordinator of IGNOU's International MA in Distance Education Programme, sponsored by COL and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, SADC, and UNESCO-IICBA and offered in 20 countries; and coordinator of the first National M.Ed. Programme sponsored by the statutory Distance Education Council and the statutory National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India.

Dr Panda has been visiting professor at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and at the University of London, UK; an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland , USA/University of Oldenburg , Germany ; and a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA .

As founding head of IUC-TEFED, he has been responsible for initiating policy formulation and system-wide implementation of new educational media and technology, focusing particularly on interactive multimedia, online and blended learning, development of learning technologies, and faculty development towards effective transition from traditional distance learning to blended and online learning.

He has conducted above 210 workshops, presented five audio and 13 video programmes, and 10 two-way video teleconferencing sessions  and completed 10 research studies.

His current research areas include: learner persistence and dropout, student learning styles, curriculum design and development, institutional and private cost for technology-based learning, teacher education and continuing professional development, quality assuranceand bench-marking of online services and new educational technologies.

Specialisations include: Open/Distance/Blended Learning; Open Schooling; Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development; Instructional Design and Curriculum Development; Higher Education Policy and Practice.

A well-known educator from the developing world, Dr Panda has published 16 books, 32 book chapters, and 48 articles and research papers, both in India and abroad, and is founding editor of an international journal ‘Staff & Educational Development International.'

He is chief editor of an international-refereed' Indian Journal of Open Learning'; editorial board member of British ‘ALT-J: Journal of Learning Technology’ (Routledge), ‘Interactive Discourse: The International Online Journal on Higher Education Learning and Teaching’ (Robert Gordon University), Canadian 'Journal of Distance Education' (CADE), 'International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning' (Athabasca), Australian 'Distance Education' (Routledge), 'Tertiary Learning & Professional Development', 'Malaysian Online Journal of Instructional Technology', American

'International Journal of Instructional Media' (Westwood Press), ‘International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’ (IJ-SoTL) (Georgia Southern University), African ‘International Journal of Theory and Practice of Educational Management and

Administration’, (Kampala International University), among others.

His latest books include ‘Planning and Management in Distance Education’ (RoutledgeFalmer, New York , 2003) and, with William Bramble, Economics of Distance and Online Learning (Routledge, New York, 2008).

He has consulted and conducted programmes for UNESCO-IICBA and UNESCO-China; World Bank and Global Distance Learning Network; British Council; COL; UNDP; Ford Foundation; IDRC; Governments of Lesotho, Nepal and Nigeria; and for capacity building of Indian government bureaucrats on distance training sponsored by the UNDP and the Government of India.

Dr Panda has visited, lectured, presented keynotes, and conducted workshops in 23 countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, The Gambia, Ghana, Indonesia, Lesotho, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, The Netherlands, UAE, UK, and USA .

Official Address:
Content Awaited,
New Delhi - 110068
New Delhi, India
  spanda.ignou@gmail.com , spanda@ignou.ac.in