Normalize hybrid learning processes for students | Panda Anku

Experienced and well-versed faculties from all over the world can be addressed via video conferences and their lectures can be made available to students regardless of location

In fact, the hybrid working model has become a widespread and accepted phenomenon in all areas. When lockdown brought life to a halt, it was the cyber world that took action, ushering in the new normal of education through online courses. Exposure to this virtual classroom, with its pros and cons, reached the masses, but the implementation level struggled to reach a point of satisfaction. The impact still weighs heavily, even though we’re back in gym school.

To become leaders in the 21st century, it is important to tactfully embrace hybrid learning in our education sector.

Here’s a 5-step solution to normalizing hybrid learning:

Conduct offline and online classes on alternate days

Whole school hours can be split between the two platforms at the desired ratio to facilitate the concept of hybrid learning and allow for student and parent adaptability. Out of 5 working days, 3 days could be offline and 2 days online, so that physical fatigue is also taken care of and the kids get used to both platforms at the same time. It could be on alternate days to balance both. If monday, wednesday and friday are offline, tuesday and thursday could be online. All games and physical activities could be scheduled on offline days. Subjects and lessons that require theoretical explanations could be completed online and their activities offline. In times when students are ill, participation in online courses enables the continuity of studies. Teachers too can ensure they are delivering on their curriculum by delivering it from home on sick days. This is one of the best results of hybrid learning.

Schools with space problems can be easily solved by dividing the days evenly among the classes. The practice was originally carried out when schools reopened immediately after Covid in a offset pattern. The same can be practiced in a well planned way to develop hybrid learning.

Use online courses for virtual impact

Listening and memory testing exercises can always be considered online as visual aids have a better effect on a child’s memory. The use of PPTs and videos with illustrations in online courses can be preferred because 3D images and videos have a better impact on the ability to absorb and memorize, which students can understand and remember what they see. Offline classes can be used for face-to-face direct explanation by the teacher.

Video conferencing courses for multi-location mass learning

Experienced and well-versed faculties from all over the world can be addressed via video conferences and their lectures can be made available to students regardless of location. Schools can cluster their branches and run some classes from effective faculty that may not be available everywhere. The services of highly effective teachers can be leveraged to teach larger numbers of students online than offline to overcome travel restrictions. Reducing travel time and dedicating it to quality work is effective time management.

Conducting online assessments for objective work

A concept taught online can be tested for comprehension offline, and even assignments should be submitted offline to develop writing practice.

Routine assessments can be scheduled in hybrid mode. While the objective tests with MC questions can be carried out time-bound on the virtual platform, subjective assessments can be made purely offline. MC questions can be thought-provoking and application-oriented to prevent unfair practices based on memorization and facts.

Students need to develop writing skills, which can be done offline. This will allow students to develop practice for future competitive exams and make them flexible as different exam patterns appear.

Use gadgets wisely

There are a few things to keep in mind for happy hybrid learning, like educating students about cyber etiquette, cyber laws, and cyber security. As children have become accustomed to gadgets, snapping them would only cause mood swings and behavior problems. Rather, these gadgets must be used for educational rather than recreational purposes. However, in most households the opposite happens, leading to addiction and subsequent unacceptable reactions in children.

Censoring sites and pages that are unacceptable for viewing is another important step that should be taken. Most kids are more technologically sound than their parents, which is thankful as long as the reins are in their parents’ hands.

It’s not about what’s good or bad, it’s about the right approach and use. Hybrid learning, when properly implemented, can do wonders for education. Hybrid learning can actually push the new generation to master technology, not enslave it.

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