The last two years have been quite challenging for students and parents. It has not been easy for teachers and tutors too! Schools were physically shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and students & educators were for the first time introduced largely to online classes. Initially, there were a lot of challenges that students and teachers faced due to a lack of relevant technical skills, access, or understanding of how to use digital tools when engaging in teaching-learning processes. But gradually, online learning became the accepted norm. Despite online classes, students, parents, and teachers preferred traditional physical classes. It’s true! because physical learning allows learners to keep in touch with their tutors or teachers. Also, physical classrooms allow for more collaborative learning that enhances student’s awareness. Students can connect well with their peers, engage in live discussions and hone their critical thinking abilities. Not just that! classroom teaching inculcates skills like conflict resolution, presentation, and other relevant skills. Well, both online classes and physical learning have their own set of pros and cons. When combined together, they can be one of the most effective ways of transforming and reimagining the education system. In that case, hybrid learning emerged as a new possibility.
But, what is hybrid learning?
Hybrid learning is the new educational model that is more learner centric and empowers students to succeed while learning both online and in physical classes. It gives them ample choices and learning opportunities. Considered as the ‘experiential mode of learning’, this model allows students to take charge of their studies and succeed. Not just that, it allows learners to develop practical skills too! Now, with hybrid learning, they can study at their pace from anywhere and at any time they want. So, there is no doubt that a hybrid model of education is amongst the most feasible options available now!.
Why should you consider hybrid learning?
Hybrid learning provides various opportunities and a conducive environment to students. Here are some of the crucial aspects this model:
Experiential Learning: Hybrid learning can help in developing several life skills due to its experiential nature. Students can explore topics in their own time, build confidence, and access help and support from educators and peers. It goes beyond classroom learning and ensures that there is a high level of retention, thereby delivering exceptional RoIl over a traditional learning program.
Many ed-Tech platforms have started providing a blend of both online and physical learning facilities to the students.
Personalised Attention: A study revealed that students who received personalised attention in the form of one-on-one tutoring outperformed 98 per cent of students who depended on traditional form of learning. That’s excellent! But why? Because every learner has a different set of learning aptitudes or styles and not every teaching method may meet their needs. So, it’s better that they learn at their pace and at their convenience. What’s more! Hybrid learning makes it possible. It also makes the process more interactive and interesting! Well, it improves a learner’s attention span and focus. Students are free to clear their doubts without hesitation. This further improves their confidence level.
Flexibility: The key scoring point of hybrid learning is flexibility. Hybrid learning allows students to learn using multiple ways that are engaging. They can study in a way that suits them without choosing between online and in-person learning. Students can learn whenever they want to, at their own pace.
Technological advancements are shaping newer learning experiences; giving multiple choices to students and helping in building new skills. Therefore, it’s essential to leverage on this Ed-Tech momentum and embrace hybrid learning at every level. Technological skills are critical for all learners across all age groups along with other competencies like social and emotional skills. Therefore, hybrid learning is the pathway that will lead to transformational education.
Views expressed by Minal Anand, CEO & Founder, GuruQ