The Free Press Journal in India recently wrote on the potential of hybrid learning model for schools this post-pandemic.
Is it a "go" or a "no"? Let us explore the pros and cons.
But before that, what is hybrid learning?
Hybrid or blended learning is a combination of face-to-face sessions with technology-based activities. It lessens the seat time of lectures, and moves towards online course delivery.
It can be both asynchronous and synchronous, depends on the curriculum structure. More importantly, this kind of learning model is happening both online and offline setup with the use of technology.
According to The Free Press Journal's article, about less or a half preferred this model of learning in India–57% of students, 48% of parents, and 44% of teachers with the following advantages and disadvantages:
- It makes classrooms more engaging, accessible, and practical
- Increases the readiness of graduates to enter the workforce
- Not everyone can afford to study with technology, especially in far-flung areas
- Schools need to be technology-advanced to implement this model
But whether they prefer it or not, the shift has already happened. Education 3.0 is already here, and it's all about the online or hybrid learning model.
What is Education 3.0?
The future of learning was foreseen and written by experts years ago. Dr. Jeff Borden from Pearson talked about Education 3.0, embracing technology in our classrooms.
Education 3.0 is a whole new game of teaching with the use of technology. It requires educators to think forward and bridge the gap between what they teach in schools vs. the skills needed in the workforce.
In the simple formula, it's:
Education 3.0 = Technology (creativity + personalization + critical thinking + outcomes + project-based, etc)
Now that the world has undergone a massive shift from physical classes to online classes, it forces us to adapt this Education 3.0 formula and learn a new way of engaging students in an online setting.
Education 3.0 focuses on making students job-ready after school. Hybrid learning, with the help of different learning approaches (flipped classroom, project-based learning, cohort-based learning, etc.), can hasten the outcome.
What are the other learning approaches?
There's a so-called cohort-based learning approach, which can be facilitated in a blended learning model. It's a new trend in online education, and experts say it's the future of learning.
Oops, another terminology. So what is this all about?
Cohort-based learning (CBL) is where a group of students learn together with the same topic, led by an instructor, a mentor, or a facilitator. It can be fully online, in-person, or hybrid
What are the examples?
Due to the surge of this new trend, you can find hundreds of cohort-based courses on the web offered by course creators, professionals, and experts.
It goes beyond tech courses. You can even find non-tech courses such as gardening, languages, and other soft skills.
Right now, only a few of them offer their courses in a hybrid or in-person learning model like IronHack. They provide in-person learning in 6 different cities, such as Paris, Miami, and Mexico City, offering courses in other languages.
Since the world is just starting to open, cohort-based platforms might offer hybrid learning on post-pandemic.
So... Hybrid learning. Is it a "go" or a "no"?
Going back to The Free Press Journal's article, it's a "go" for those who are technology-equipped.
And if we want to increase the "go" for those communities that aren't fully equipped and tech-literate, we should be able to bridge the digital gap (another issue to tackle on later).
Join the conversation. Let us know what you think.