How hybrid learning is going to shape the future of the academic world?

Hybrid learning can be defined as an educational model where the students can attend classes either in-person or join the class virtually from home. Through video conferencing tools (hardware and software) the facilitators can conduct sessions through both classroom models and online technology platforms

Hybrid learning is often mistaken as blended learning. Though both have many same instructional elements, both are two different learning models. In hybrid learning, the teachers instruct the students in-person and remote at the same time. Whereas blended learning combines only in-person teaching with allochronic learning methods; the students watch videos and work on online exercises on their own.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the education sector has turned towards hybrid learning. Some years ago, it was predicted that the massive online courses and online learning would kill face-to-face college education. And, the current unprecedented crisis has proved that right.

Is hybrid learning the new normal?

The hybrid online format has been designed for the students living in any location across the globe. Students come to the university campus once per semester to meet faculty, coaches, and students from the same network. They are provided with an overview of the study material that students will be studying throughout the semester. Through an online learning management system, students are given online study resources. Sometimes they interact with the clients, faculty, and students in their cohort (virtually or in-person) but the work assigned to them is submitted online only.

Hybrid learning can be said as the present of EdTech. Teaching and learning nowadays cannot be conceived without online activities, online tests, video conferences, digital resources, forums, email, multimedia, etc. Hybrid learning is not to replace the traditional learning methods; instead, it is to integrate new tools of learning and teaching for all.

The primary education trend of hybrid learning will redefine education in the future; the future will be an improved reality. Improved reality possesses the potential to replace the textbooks and printed manuals with low-cost and portable learning material. With digital learning, the definition and efficiency of classroom education are going to be redefined. A blend of online as well as classroom learning is becoming today’s normal.

The Global Research Report stated that by March 2020, COVID-19 disrupted education for at least 73 countries, prompting the closure of schools and universities in 56 countries. Around 517 million students have been affected. Amid these grave circumstances, online learning helps the students and institutions to be more flexible and adaptable towards the current scenario. 63% of students agreed that online learning helped them study best with the current situation going on. 60% believed that online education helped them improve their skills, whereas 40% wants to go back to their alma mater to continue taking classes on campus.

The same report also states that re-skilling, high education, and test preparations are expected to be the fastest-growing categories in 2021 at a CAGR of 60%. The key motivational factors for students to opt for hybrid learning are the flexibility of classes, a variety of study material, and perceive convenience.

Among the professional networking platform, AI skills have become the fastest-growing skills. Hurled by the trends in education technology, the eLearning market is expected to reach $300 billion by 2025, according to Global Market Insights.

LEARNXT: A novel face of quality education

Students must opt for the top brand to ensure the quality of the content course. Considering the factors, SRM Group has launched a digital learning brand (LEARNXT) to help students empower them to achieve their desired goals.  At LEARNXT, the focus is on the what, how, and who of the ‘teaching-learning’ experience. In the words of Sridhar, (CEO, LEARNXT, SRM Group), ‘Throughout our programme, we empower professionals to learn skills that enable them to evolve as "T shaped" and "Pi shaped" people’. With the best in class faculty, rich research, and academic pedigree, LearNxt delivers the relevant content as per the latest industry trends in a hybrid "brick and click" environment.

Let’s have a look at how LearNxt propels classroom learning:

  • Students will get access to the relevant and current content as the future needs of the industry. This content will include best industry experts, best practices prescribed by the experts in respective domains, and brains from world-class academic institutes.
  • The learning experience will include involving a blend of assignments, assessments, labs, tools, simulations, teaching, mentoring, hands-on project solving, and community and business immersions. All these engagements will be put together in the world-class learning platform StudyNxt and 360 degree career support through CareerNxt platform.
  • LearNxt, a global digital learning brand, will not only enable efficient learning but also serve as a propagating innovation in learning. Rather than being an option, hybrid learning will become an improved concoction of efficient and effective learning.

There is no shortage of online learning platforms for educators and students despite the crisis. Before opting for any such online learning service, students and educators must research well and make sure there are enough interactive sessions to keep up with the learning trends. E-learning will keep empowering students to pursue their love of learning and will continue reshaping learning across the globe. Technology is enriching the experience of hybrid learning by making it more dynamic and interactive.

Stay tuned to LEARNXT to know how hybrid learning can reshape academics and empower students to pursue their dreams.