I joined as Director, Campus of Open Learning, University of Delhi and Chairperson of Governing Body, School of Open learning in February 2013 and was surprised to observe a daily footfall of 15000 admission/examination seekers struggling to take admissions in SOL building totalling to be more than 400,000 in all the three years of their graduation.
The initiation of student friendly ICT processes with able administrators and ICT team since 2014 has helped us to switch over progressively to almost complete online admission/examination deliverables in 2015-16 i.e. 350,000 students have been admitted or have submitted their examination fee online. The student can now be admitted in less than 7 minutes and gets his/her receipt, identity and admit cards, mark sheets and provisional certificates with bar/QR code simultaneously.
The introduction of Study Centres for PCP classes has helped in a betterment of student/ teacher ratio in a class room and an increase in overall pass percentage from 43% to approximately 53% in 2014-15 and 2015-16 while utilizing state of the art teaching and learning resources of our University colleges.
The concept of Flipped Classroom technology is being introduced from 2016 in School of Open Learning by preparing Video and Audio recorded lectures paving the way for future generation teaching and learning process, beyond the boundaries of a conventional classroom and moving towards Global pedagogical methods.
The new approaches to delivery modes, such as online open access of our study material, the use of technology to support flexible learning model allowing learners to learn at a distance, experience enriched methods of Blended Learning/delivery methods and bringing parity in quality of education with regular students has raised the quality of students joining School of Open Learning since 2014-15 i.e. more than 50% students with marks above 60% and approximately 10,000 with more than 80% marks have joined School of Open Learning in 2015-16.
The new initiatives such as development of Software for individual student/faculty/ administration and Dashboards with integrated Learning/assessment and Management (SOLILMS) will not only initiate the development of pedagogy for learning and continuous assessment on Tablets/Phablets but increase the efficiency, speed and transparency in services and management in School of Open Learning, University of Delhi.
We have taken a lead role in flipping the skilled courses being run at Campus of Open Learning, soon to be blended with online learning in the form of MOOCs and strengthening ‘Just in time education’ for SOL students so as to bring them a part of Digital India and Make in India concept.
The much required lead support of University of Delhi administration and teaching faculty of School of Open Learning will definitely help the School of Open Learning, University of Delhi to be one of the highest ranked Open Learning Centres of the world.