From Researching Virtual Initiatives in Education
Ramesh Chandra Sharma holds a PhD in Education in the area of Educational Technology and has been working as Regional Director in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) since 1996. Before joining IGNOU, Dr Sharma was a member at a Senior Faculty in a Teacher Training College for nearly ten years and taught Educational Technology, Educational Research and Statistics, Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Psychodynamics of Mental Health Courses for the B.Ed. and M.Ed. Programmes.
He has conducted many training programmes for the in- and pre-service teachers on the use of Multimedia in teaching and instruction, and established a Centre of ICT in the College he was working. He is a member of many committees on implementation of technology in the Open University. His areas of specialization include ICT applications, computer networking, online learning, student support services in open and distance learning, and teacher education.
He was a member of Advisory Group meeting on Human Resources Development for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is the co-Editor of 'Asian Journal of Distance Education' (www.ASIANJDE.org) and Associate Editor for "International Journal of Distance Education Technologies” (IJDET), an Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association: http://www.igi-global.com/journals/details.asp?ID=498&v=review_board. In addition to these, he is on the Editorial Advisory Board of “International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning”, online journal published by Athabasca University, Canada, (http://www.irrodl.org) , and “Indian Journal of Open Learning” published by IGNOU. He was on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Distance Education” published by Carfax Publishing, (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/01587919.html ) an imprint of the international academic publishing house, the Taylor & Francis Group, UK for 2002-2003. He has co-authored a book on DISTANCE EDUCATION RESEARCH, co-edited a book entitled "Interactive Multimedia in Education and Training" and “Cases on Global E-Learning Pactices: Successes and Pitfalls” (Co-Editor Dr Sanjaya Mishra, both from IGI-Global, USA). He is also an Advisory Board Member and author for the "Encyclopedia of Distance Learning" (four-volume set) released by Idea Group Publishing. (http://www.idea-group.com/encyclopedia/details.asp?ID=4500&v=editorialBoard). He has further edited one book entitled, "Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning" (2008: Co-Editor: Ugur Demiray) published from IGI-Global, USA.
In mid-2009 he became the Director of Distance Education at the Institute of Distance & Continuing Education of the University of Guyana in Guyana.