Hybrid learning combines in-person classes with online classes and activities, often reducing time spent in classrooms. While most of the course is delivered online, physical classes are a vehicle for engaging debates, community building and collaborative learning experiences. Many institutions were engaging in hybrid learning prior to the pandemic, but COVID-19 has accelerated adoption. Here, we explore why hybrid learning is here to stay and how to get the best out of it.
Adapt and thrive
The term ‘hybrid’ is increasingly used to highlight the emergence of a new model. In the past, you were either a ‘distance learner’ or a ‘student’, but now we’re witnessing the rise of a ‘best of both’ approach. What was seen as two mutually exclusive ways of doing things, now coexists to suit our increasingly diverse needs.
A year on after the coronavirus disrupted education, hybrid learning is set to endure beyond the pandemic. As the rise of new technologies demands workforces to upskill and reskill, hybrid learning is an attractive option for lifelong learning.
The new challenges presented by the modern world demands fresh skills. Being a lifelong learner is integral to long-term success.
A hybrid world
Hybrid removes the barriers of cost and travel, offering students greater flexibility to learn in their own time. But to be a successful hybrid learner, students must adapt by self-motivating and taking a disciplined approach.
Students and graduates will have to adapt to hybrid working environments. Learning how to collaborate on digital platforms will be a requirement for the modern workforce.
A hybrid model is an attractive option for those who wish to study while working full-time. Plus, for many students, away from the distractions of their peers, they’re able to flourish.
Hybrid learning also offers students the chance to learn in ways that suit their requirements. Some students may need more visual aids, while others have concentration problems and need more support than their peers. What’s more, it makes responsive teaching much easier as tutors can upload different materials to suit differing needs.
Still, there are drawbacks to the hybrid approach that must be navigated carefully. Students report an increasing sense of isolation and tutors have struggled to engage classes online.
Taking a proactive approach to hybrid learning can help students capitalise on the opportunities it presents. Here’s how to get the best out of hybrid learning.
Hold yourself accountable
Although the hybrid model offers greater flexibility, the increased freedom can cause some to develop bad habits. In the confines of your own space, you have less accountability which is why you need to hold yourself accountable.
Lessons may be remote, but there are plenty of ways to engage. Try to participate as much as possible in online classes – this helps you recall information later and makes virtual learning a shared experience.
When you do go into class and get face-time with your tutors, think about what you would like to get out of the class and prepare any questions and notes before the class.
Study your habits
Understanding how you perform best will help you perform better. Identify the times you’re most productive and create a routine and schedule around it and stick to it. Treat learning from home as you would in class, avoid pyjamas and dress as you would if you were in person – psychologically this sets you up for success.
Get the right equipment
When you’re studying remotely, having the right equipment matters more than ever. Aside from creating a designated study space with a desk and chair, you’ll need a laptop with high quality audio and sound that can withstand home environments. Follow a smarter way forward with Lenovo’s innovative technology and software with Windows 10 Pro and Office 365 Education, which supports learning. Lenovo devices come with anchor keys, reinforced LCD glass and protection from impact and spillages so you can protect against drops, knocks and heavy use.
In addition, Lenovo devices allow students to code, live stream, collaborate virtually and develop futureproof technology skills that will equip them for working in the modern world.
A smarter way forward.
Hybrid learning is in its infancy, but already we’re seeing the opportunities it affords, such as offering students a personalised and tailored learning experience. Technology is not going replace face-to-face education but enhance it. With the right mindset and collaborative technology in place, hybrid learning promises to reshape education for the future, discarding outdated methods of learning and replacing them with new, innovative methods that engage students inside and outside of the classroom.
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