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Embrace the hybrid classroom – a seamless merge of online and physical teaching

Kruti Beesam
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While Covid-19 continues to infect the world, the education system is making a transition from physical learning to digital learning methods. Digital learning tools and platforms should be leveraged in such a way that they empower students to learn in an engaging and meaningful way. A hybrid classroom is one of the solutions offering a perfect blend of physical and online learning methods. It is an arrangement where some students attend classes in-person while others attend them online at the same time. A hybrid classroom brings together the benefits of the classroom and online education for students, teachers and schools.

In the last 10 years, the hybrid classroom has improved children’s learning interest and capacity. It is not only because it saves time but also allows students to interact with various knowledge resources, which promotes better learning and broad-mindedness.

Some benefits of a hybrid classroom are described below.

Increased student engagement

As a hybrid classroom brings together the physical and virtual tools of learning, students are more interested in knowing what is happening in class. As a result, their attention towards things being taught in class increases. Dividing into teams for group activities also becomes easy in a hybrid classroom session.

Reduced cost and effort on transportation

The hybrid classroom is beneficial for parents, teachers and schools in saving time, effort and cost on transportation. Traveling to school causes an expenditure of time and money while increasing risk in many aspects of child safety. The greater the number of students attending in-person, the greater the parents’ demand to provide more facilities. When some students attend classes through the online mode, it turns out to be economical for all the people involved.

Prevents the need for repetition

With schools allowing smaller groups of students to attend in-class sessions, the teacher has to repeat a lot. He/she is repeating the same concept every time she conducts the lecture. Teaching in this way takes a lot of effort while taking away a lot of time. The hybrid classroom provides an apt solution to this problem. 

Increase in knowledge resources

A hybrid classroom increases the number of knowledge resources to teach and learn from. Students can learn from ebooks, pdfs, videos, etc. along with their textbooks. This method makes learning more engaging and interesting. Teachers no longer have to rely on the picture demonstrations given in the textbooks. They can show videos and animations through screen sharing and projectors. This way, the understanding of concepts is better and is retained for a longer time.

Opportunity to access content any number of times

With the hybrid classroom, learning does not stop after the class ends. The recorded version of the class enables children to refer to it whenever they need to. This is one of the best ways to revise classroom-taught content. This type of knowledge sharing is also useful to those who have missed the class.
Simply put, hybrid classrooms change the scope of education and makes it accessible to students across various locations. We, at Next Education, step forward to provide the best experience of the physical and online classroom through our Next Learning Platform. Click here to know how Next Learning Platform fosters a connected learning environment.

Kruti Beesam
Kruti Beesam

Kruti enjoys blogging and listening to music. She actively tries to sensitise people towards disabilities and create awareness about the need for wheelchair friendly infrastructure. Being a foodie, Kruti looks forward to meeting new people and sharing a good meal with them.

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