By Ms Ayesha Sirajuddin, Ekya Schools, Bangalore
From helping students to grant access to education through different learning styles simultaneously to solving problems associated with student absenteeism, hybrid teaching has emerged as one of the best teaching methods in today’s era of education. Hybrid learning has made a passage into the scholarly field a long time ago and has forwarded through numerous changes, presently procuring a spot as an augmentation of formal learning. Hybrid learning combines online with synchronous or on-site learning where parts of the curriculum are taught online while other activities are taught in a classroom setting.
Considering the current COVID-19 scenario, the hybrid model of learning has become one of the effective and popular methods of education. It offers the best of both worlds; getting access and flexibility of an online course with the additional support and classroom interaction with faculty and classmates. Apart from this, it also provides huge benefits for both students and teachers such as:
Opportunity and Flexibility to learn
Students are regularly arranged into visual, sound, and sensation classes, and most understudies learn best utilizing a mix of these for retaining various types of ideas or data. The virtual medium makes it workable for instructors to offer this sort of gaining experience even from distant areas. Availability of a huge amount of study materials online in the forms of text, video, quizzing and interactives gives students more agency over their learning and enables them to engage with course material in the ways they learn best. As institutions expand their learning options, hybrid learning can provide more learning opportunities for students. For instance, students who can’t travel to campus can learn online while the rest of the class participates in person.
Time management is a necessity in education. Good time management skills boost productivity thereby helping students to complete more tasks by prioritizing time. Time management skills help a learner reduce stress and manage their own time to meet deadlines, collaborate more, and be able to focus on their passion. In hybrid, one can also control lectures and learn more efficiently. Also, it provides students to be more flexible with their time and can improve their overall performance.
More opportunities for teachers
Educational technology expands the reach of teachers beyond classroom sessions and office hours. E-learning offers the chance for an instructor to record meetings – rather than going through a module more than once for various clumps of understudies, the educator can rather invest that energy being useful, either by investing additional time upgrading their information or by offering more opportunities for customized regard for every understudy and assisting them with conquering novel learning difficulties. With the available technologies, teachers now have access to more pedagogical tools to engage and challenge more students.