Face-to-face education has led epidemic organizations to integrate technology into day-to-day teaching because of their ability to stay here – peer discussion, one-on-one support, group work, and wellness support.
With the Covid-19 epidemic complicating education, with educational institutions closed for more than a year and the return of full-time classroom education unlikely to resume anytime soon, hybrid education has emerged as the only solution.
Hybrid learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines face-to-face classroom experience and online activity. It integrates what we already know – classroom learning and what we’ve practiced over the last year and a half, online learning. It combines the benefits of personalization with convenience to offer an learning environment that is best suited to meet the changing needs of students at present. The best part is that it can benefit a wide variety of students – those who learn better personally with instant feedback and those who want to learn in their own place through the benefits of digital tools.
Around the world, the rate of adoption of technology in education has increased in the last year. The EdTech sector, valued at $ 227 billion in 2020, is expected to touch $ 404 billion by 2025. Although the long-term effects of the epidemic in the education industry have not yet been revealed, learning models are expected to become more technology-oriented.
Although the concept of hybrid learning has been around for years, it has been in the spotlight in recent months due to the crisis caused by the epidemic. Face-to-face education has led epidemic organizations to integrate technology into day-to-day teaching because of their ability to stay here – peer discussion, one-on-one support, group work, and wellness support. During epidemics, the use of technologies such as video-assisted remote learning, immersive learning, AI and VR and on-demand education has increased. Their demand will continue to grow and will gradually integrate into the classroom over the next few decades.
One of the advantages of hybrid learning is that every student can learn at a comfortable pace. It also gives students control over the time and place of learning. This flexibility often translates into increased attendance and class participation. Customized assessments, participation in live lectures, live chats with teachers provide students with instant feedback which makes hybrid learning more valuable for students. Short videos, including self-learning, interleaved exercises, are various ways that technology can help make the hybrid learning environment more productive.
Hybrid learning models are shaping the education sector, classrooms are no longer just a location, it must be an experience. The last few years have seen some dramatic changes in the classroom. Traditional blackboards have been supplemented with touchscreen boards. More and more multimedia are entering the classroom, classroom layouts are changing, and more schools and colleges are installing Wi-Fi across campus. Teachers have seen the enormous and practical benefits of digital solutions. Hybrid models allow organizations to provide engagement, flexibility, personalization, and accessibility in new and relevant ways.
The system may face some challenges while implementing hybrid learning. One of them is to reduce students’ attention span, including digital distractions. To overcome this, institutions need to have an advanced education management system with proper knowledge management tools that assist and improve the design and delivery of educational courses. Providing adequate training for faculty is critical to managing this model. While there are more challenges, such as digital segmentation, despite the need to innovate, we can clearly say that hybrid education is about to become the norm.