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Flipped classroom model for DU’s School of Open Learning

In an attempt to upgrade its current teaching methodologies, the Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) is in talks to adopt the ‘ flipped classroom ‘ model. Currently, the SOL instructions are distributed among students primarily through printed course materials. And, personal contact programmes are held at various study centres to supplement the ongoing process.

However, a recent direction from the University Grants Commission (UGC) is compelling SOL to do away with the traditional method of blackboard learning and adopt ‘flipped classroom technology’. The advanced method of learning will also help students to attend lectures as per their convenience.

“The online admission process this year has garnered good response from students with more than 50 per cent of the over one lakh applicants choosing to register online. We have already started issuing examination admit cards online. However, our teaching methodologies have been the same blackboard learning for decades”. C.S. Dubey, Director, SOL was quoted as saying.

Students enrolled in courses on offer at Delhi University’s SOL also face hindrances in attending lectures as they are either working or have other important issues. So, the technology will reduce the need to attend study centres as they would now be able to learn through the internet.

It is worth noting that this new technology of learning is referred to as the ‘flipped classroom’ model because the traditional classroom/homework paradigm is flipped. The model encompasses the use of internet to leverage the learning in classroom- ensuring that students attend interactive classes rather than mundane lectures within closed doors.

SOL also plans to run computer classes to support students without any prior technological knowledge. An option to choose between hard and soft copy will also be provided in the initial years. However, teachers at SOL expressed their apprehensions over the new method of learning. They claimed that the idea of giving study materials in DVD’s rather than in printed books is not practically favorable to the students.

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