The world around is evolving constantly. This will require a new thinking, making sense of changing markets, developing new strategic directions and energizing people. One will have to think bigger and different, to harness the growth potential of new markets and technologies, to redefine markets in their own vision and engage in more relevant and inspiring ways. Innovation is the need of the hour. Teaching pedagogies needs to be adapted to give students an experiential learning which propels them to think innovatively.
Keeping this thought in mind, IIM Sambalpur introduced a unique experiential learning pedagogy last year – ‘Flipped Classrooms’. As opposed to traditional setting, flipped classrooms reverse the learning environment. Most often the structured content is learnt online, off the classroom and activities that may have traditionally been considered homework are incorporated in the classrooms. A light project related to industries, government, issues surrounding schools, hospitals etc is assigned to students within the classroom. The students along with the teachers then suggest solutions to the problems. Different groups suggest different solutions and express their views differently. The best ideas are then scored accordingly.
Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director, IIM Sambalpur, adds, “It has been proved time and again that experiential learning gives birth to innovation and invention. Consequently, we have introduced the concept of Flipped classrooms to promote experiential learning and promote a culture of problem solving. Thanks to digital advances,students now have access to quality content from across the world on their laptops and smartphones. Hence, the time in classrooms should be used to integrate the information they are learning to find appropriate application of the concept to solve day to day
Industry-oriented education has become extremely essential as hands-on experience helps one to standout in the eyes of the employer and advance in their career. Non-traditional pedagogies like flipped classrooms, gamification, simulation methodology will gain more and more relevance in the future. Institutions need to gear up for this change and prepare themselves accordingly. Finances and infrastructure also need to be in order to aid this transformation. Teachers and academicians also need to match their pace with the changing face of education.