Hybrid learning strategies

  • Hybrid: something that is comprised of two different elements.
  • “Hybrid models, when designed and implemented effectively, enable students to use the school day for group work and project-based activities, while using the network to access readings, videos, and other learning materials on their own time.”

Online Learning advancing?

  • Fuelled in large part by press attention to massive open online courses. (MOOC’s)
  • Increased access to the Internet and broadband services.
  • Growing recognition that online learning can indeed add value to almost any learning environment.

How to use hybrid learning strategies

  • A strong emphasis is placed on school time as a time for peer to peer and student/teacher interaction where teachers can mentor students individually/in a group.
  • Online learning such as video lessons can then take place in the students own time

European View

  • While online learning options are commonly available to students in the EU, only a handful of countries, such as Denmark, Finland, and Romania, have made it part of their national agendas to fund hybrid learning initiatives for primary and secondary students.
  • In a Talking Futures interview, online learning experts and authors Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly described their vision of European education in 2050 as one where hybrid and flipped learning models would become more common as collaboration replaces lecture as the cornerstone of learning, both in the virtual and physical realm.
  • The Policymaker Scenario: Flipped Classroom envisions a classroom where teachers are expected to guide students to resources, lead discussions, and coordinate activities, while students are responsible for using ICT tools to seek, organise, and prepare information they can share with their peers during class.

Hybrid Personal Learning Environments

  • Formal learning environments, such as schools, are highly institutionalised and follow a strict curriculum. Non-formal learning environments, are based on voluntary participation outside of formal education.
  • Poor traditional learning methods have been a main concern in learning and teaching activity.
  • “These traditional methods (“talk and chalk”) is being replaced by online learning, it helps students to get all the knowledge using diversified tools, it places the student at the centre of the educational process rather than the teacher, and the role of the teacher is to improve their skills, and promote research and curiosity to seek the information, and then analyse, evaluate and use it.”
  • The novel framework includes an e-learning package which enables the development and improvement of students’ ICT skills, digital age literacy, inventive and higher-order thinking before they attend the practical lab sessions.

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