Hybrid Learning

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An insight report discusses technology foundations for hybrid learning. The COVID pandemic has driven more and more institutions online, and it is likely that hybrid learning will continue post the pandemic. The article cites the use of Microsoft Teams and argues that it contains a variety of features to foster engagement and participation. This site defines hybrid learning as an educational model where some students attend class in-person, while others join the class virtually from home. Educators teach remote and in-person students at the same time using tools like video conferencing hardware and software. Hybrude classes might include asynchronous elements such as online exercises and pre-recorded videos. The benefits of hybrid learning include:

 

·      A flexible learning experience – which might include a flexible learning schedule, flexibility in teaching methods, flexibility in how students engage with learning materials, and flexibility in collaboration and communication

·      Synchronous communication opportunities

·      The freedom of independent academic exploration

·      More efficient use of resources

 

It offers the following teaching tips:

 

·      Opportunities to redesign

·      Use online work to offer targeted learning plans, extensions, or one-on-one teaching for individual students

·      Provide mobile learning options

·      Be open to feedback

·      Don’t overload online assignments

·      Integrate the online and in-person

·      Explain the purpose and expectations of your course

·      Provide students with self and time management skills

·      Provide an IT hotline to deal with any technical issues

 

It also provides the following link on hybrid learning. Academics can harness technologies to customise content and create more engaging experiences for their students. Learning Management Systems can provide the following benefits:

 

  • Individualized analytics and insights help reinforce positive behaviours like daily course interactions
  • Assessment analytics that shape the content and objectives are presented next as students complete lessons and modules
  • Assessment tools can gather information about retention and mastery of offline lessons, whether in seminar or experiential form

 

 

 

 

 

 

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