IS THE FUTURE OF LEARNING HYBRID?

Traditionally, until the COVID pandemic, the offline modes of teaching (physical classroom teaching) have been prevalent across the world. Since the pandemic, the importance of online modes of education have been realized and the world is now gravitating towards one that combines both – which is the hybrid model. The Hybrid model of learning is meant to accentuate and improve the efficiency of student outcomes by combining offline and online resources. Through the pandemic, we have all learnt that technology can be used efficiently to improve student outcomes. It is even capable of doing things that teachers cannot do. For e.g., artificial intelligence can now be used to track student engagement across different subjects in ways that indicate a student’s interests, deficiencies, and efficiencies. This model is also extremely helpful for teachers. Many online tools complement physical modes of teaching, and some can replace elements of in-person teaching as well. These tools range from administrative works to assessment works. In this way, teacher outcomes are also bettered since the modes of teaching are made more efficient and teachers do not need to waste countless hours on works that can simply be done by technology. The irreplaceable value of technology has been gaining more importance and due to this the hybrid model of education should be adopted. This model combines methods that optimally complement each other to improve student and teacher outcomes. Due to this, educators must now move towards implementing the same in their institutions and design conducive hybrid learning environments.

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