The New Normal: Is Hybrid Learning Effective?
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world as we knew it. Almost everything that was once done in person, in groups is now done remotely.
There is no question that this was initially stressful for students, parents and educators. We want everyone to be safe, but how can teaching be effective through the computer?
In order to keep everyone as safe as possible and still offer students the opportunity to do hands-on learning, hybrid learning was developed. We now offer this option at iCan Dream Center.
What is hybrid learning?
Hybrid learning is a teaching method that combines face-to-face and online learning. According to Owl Labs (2020), hybrid learning was created to construct the most ideal learning experience possible given the circumstances of the pandemic.
Using video software, teachers are able to instruct students attending class in-person as well as students attending class remotely. This allows the ability for in-class students to properly social distance, making the classroom a safer environment. Remote students also get to experience the same lesson plan from the safety of home.
Hybrid learning is typically structured in an A-B format. This means that students on “A” days will learn in person on the same days each week (like Mondays and Wednesdays) and learn remotely the same days each week (like Tuesdays and Thursdays). The “B” group of students are on an opposite schedule.
Is hybrid learning effective?
At iCan Dream Center, students on a hybrid schedule are acquiring hands-on instruction from class sessions.
This teaching method gives parents and students the option to have a flexible learning experience, which can ease some uncertainty felt from the pandemic. This flexibility is also allowing students to develop new communication skills.
Hybrid learning is new to everyone, so there is no shame in trying new things or redesigning lesson plans to help students engage more.
Overall, hybrid learning is a great way to take safety precautions while still providing an in-person learning experience for students.