Education as a sector, witnessed one of the most drastic effects of COVID-19. The year 2020 was one like no other for school administrators and parents. For several months schools were shut, and they were in frantic search of a platform, that would deliver interactive learning and increase teacher-student engagement. Cue in Blended and Hybrid learning.

What Is Blended Learning?

Blended learning is any combination of traditional analog education with modern digital technologies. At its broadest, blended learning describes the introduction of computer labs, interactive whiteboards, and educational software to the learning process. Mostly, however, blended learning is used to refer to the more recent practice of including online self-study to supplement in-class lessons.

Though hybrid learning is often treated as a synonym for blended learning, this is not the case in many cases.

What Is Hybrid Learning?

Hybrid learning implements synchronous lessons taught simultaneously in-person and online. It is a type of blended learning that focuses more on bridging the physical classroom and virtual learning spaces closer together into a more complete education. Put another way, hybrid learning is a form of synchronous learning that happens both physically and remotely.

In-Person and Online

One common phrase that comes up is that hybrid learning “overlaps” with blended learning. This means that while they are two separate things, they are still distinct methodologies. The main difference between the two, in this case, is that hybrid learning focuses on both in-person and online learning, often with no preference for one or the other.

A Pedagogy

Another way that hybrid learning is defined – especially in relation to blended learning – is that it is a pedagogy or teaching strategy more than a set of processes or procedures. As such, it represents an ideology that provides the scaffolding for a wide variety of teaching strategies that fall under the umbrella of blended learning.

Blended learning describes a process or practice, whereas hybrid pedagogy is a methodological approach that helps define a series of varied processes and practices. blended learning is tactical, whereas hybrid pedagogy is strategic.

remote learning

Some other sources see hybrid learning as a point along a spectrum of technological adoption. The spectrum that this definition follows usually follows these main points:

  • Face-to-face only lessons that only rely on traditional teaching methods. These methods may incorporate only basic technology, but it will be primarily devices installed in a physical classroom.
  • Blended learning is a model that uses online learning to supplement in-class teaching, but it still focuses primarily on teachers and students being physically present for the majority of the teaching time.
  • Hybrid learning describes an educational model in which students spend at least half of their time learning online and the rest of their time learning in physical classrooms (according to this interpretation).
  • Online only is just what it sounds like: a course that is entirely online.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators have realized that a certain amount of flexibility is required both during the current situation and onward into the future.

While in-person teaching still remains an essential part of education at the moment, we now see the need to open up multiple channels to respond to not just extreme conditions like a global disaster but the day-to-day interruptions of effective education. Blended and Hybrid teaching not only makes learning more accessible to the differently-abled, but it also allows educators to reach a widely dispersed class, helps students stay connected during long absences, and familiarizes both educators and learners with the latest communication technologies.

Blended and Hybrid learning will be part of a holistic education approach as EdTech and educational best practices continue to grow and evolve. While these forms of learning – and more broadly blended learning – have been emergency measures in the past, they are definitely going to become mainstays of teaching and learning.

To drive interactive learning spaces, Wowbii is offering simplified payment options to educational institutions looking to adopt education technology at scale. 

Wowbii Interactive is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of interactive flat panel displays.  With solutions for Corporates and Education, Wowbii is set to support education technology adoption that will leapfrog schools into 21st century learning spaces.

To take learning, business interaction, ideation and team collaboration to the next level using the best of interactive technology available, let us take a look at what you presently use, assess your needs and recommend what would best suit your home office or establishment to enhance productivity, ensure a sustained profitable business and expansion

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