In 2022, during a post-Covid world, most colleges around the world have decided to offer some form of hybrid learning options for their students. But what exactly is the hybrid learning or flip classrooms methodology everyone in the industry is talking about?
This post aims to answer this question, as well as take a look at technological improvements that make this model a potential standard for the future.
What is the Hybrid Method of Teaching?
In a few words, hybrid or flip classrooms are the union between the in-person and virtual realm, where teachers and students can connect in live online groups and take tests from home, dorm rooms, or any other location.
There are many variations of the hybrid or flip learning model to help students balance their academic and work life, health, and relationships.
San Francisco State University and Ohio State University to name a few, are some of the notable institutions that have been using a hybrid model for years.
Benefits of Hybrid or Flip Classrooms
Hybrid or flip classrooms allow students to keep up with school despite challenges and enable quality education opportunities for more students. But has the hybrid solution really worked in practice?
New York Times researchers indicate that student performance in hybrid classrooms can rival or even surpass that of a traditional teaching experience. Students value the flexibility of joining classes at a distance when it suits them. This is especially true in times of inclement weather or reduced transportation options.
This does not mean hybrid models are without drawbacks. For example, the main argument favoring in-person classrooms is that students can engage with their peers and teachers to retain more information, as well as it is more difficult to create a dynamic dialogue by using hybrid/flip classrooms.
In countries with a lower internet speed, technical issues and both video and audio delays can also produce frustrating situations in the middle of class. Hybrid teaching mixes digital and on-campus activities and is the best of both worlds.
How to Setup a Hybrid or Flip Classroom
Are you interested in trying the hybrid learning model? Are you wondering what technology you need to get started?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the requirements to facilitate quality education for in-person and at-home learners.
You need a device (computer, smartphone, or tablet for each teacher and student), internet connectivity, a high-quality camera, and a good microphone to get reliable audio.
But some other logistical elements are also important. You can’t start without introducing a workable plan to transcend from the traditional to the hybrid methodology.
Many institutions use a main hall or classroom with a large central monitor to showcase the study material that day. They also use video conferencing apps and Learning Management Systems or similar solutions.
However, what we will always recommend is an integral, all-in-one solution that gets everyone involved, including staff, educators, and students, transforming the learning experience like nothing else in the market. This all-in-one solution is Edular, our Student Relationship Management platform.