The Flipped Learning model has a potential to transform the way students get the education in rural schools, if it gets support from the government and educational institutions
To capture the demand, many institutes and universities have implemented various education delivery models such as hybrid/blended learning model that combines digital media with traditional classrooms method. A form of hybrid learning is the Flipped Learning model that has become an essential education trend in India, last year. The Flipped Classroom inverts the traditional roles in the teaching-learning scenario, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom.
A Boon for India
This concept seems appropriate for the Indian education sector as teacher-student ratio is alarmingly disproportionate in most of the schools. The situation worsens in rural areas. Therefore, the Flipped Learning model has a potential to transform the way students get the education in rural schools, if it gets support from the government and educational institutions.
However, the government’s ambitious plan under the National Optical Fibre Network Project to provide 100 Mbps high-speed broadband connectivity to 250,000 villages can help this model to implement effectively (PTI, 2015). The availability of digital content and access devices can bring immense opportunities to the education system.
Some of the schools, colleges, and universities have started using this model at various levels to bring dynamism to the whole concept of education by engaging students, but the method has not been gained mass acceptance yet. Furthermore, Flipped Classrooms have suffered from the problems of scale and access.