OPEN AND DISTANT LEARNING (ODL) STUDENTS ARE NO MORE JUST LEARNERS
The presence of diverse online resources in different delivery modes and the introduction of blended learning have posed new challenge for educational institutions to choose the method of learning which is not only effective but also a synchronized one. Changing a-synchronized contents into synchronized require an integrated effort from all members of e-learning system in the form of learning ecosystem. Learning ecosystem includes all components (content provider, infrastructure and consultant) that are necessary for the e-learning. In a learning system teacher are considered as content provider while students are acting as learners. A learning ecosystem aims to involve all stakeholders for the benefit of each other and does not restrict the role of students as learners only. Professional students enrolled in different degree programs have professional experience and are the source of asynchronous contents that can be synchronized through involving them as content vendors in learning ecosystem. This paper aims to introduce role of students as content vendors in the form of their professional experience from different industries. Their experiences will act as resources of educational institutions that can be assembled and used for awareness about business community among students. In order to integrate this valuable experiential knowledge, this paper will propose a model for institutions. Model proposed by this study will change the existing role of students solely as leaner to the knowledge providers. This attained knowledge will also cover the existing gap between theory and application of knowledge.