Saturday, February 24, 2024

Hybrid Model of Education and Challenges

One of the wonderful benefits of the technological boom that has occurred across all sectors over the last half-century is the introduction of digital learning and training solutions for every stage of life. Nowadays these educational programs are better equipped to use this technology to adapt information and create more interesting learning experiences for students, but they also make it easier for expertise in their fields to include on-the-job training into their everyday routines.

In fact, new technologies are making it faster and easier than ever for organizations to enhance with professional changes without having to commit a lot of personal time to studying. Organizations can now include a wide range of learning activities into their regular operations with the right resources. While e-learning tools are incredibly effective in many areas, they aren’t always the ideal option to accomplish a certain learning goal. In this case, hybrid learning mechanisms come into play.

By combining traditional classroom encounters, active learning objectives, and digital course delivery, hybrid learning emphasises selecting the best option for each learning purpose. Unlike blended learning models, which strive to combine face-to-face and online components of a course, hybrid classrooms vary widely based on the subject matter taught and the needs of different student groups.

In the light of the current pandemic many schools, colleges and universities adopted a hybrid approach for teaching. The significance of a hybrid model of teaching and learning, which is a healthy balance of physical and online classrooms, is one positive thing that Covid has brought to light. It is a different educational model where students have a chance to attend class in person or join the online class through mobiles, tabs and laptops from home. The well-designed hybrid courses integrate the greatest aspect of in-person and online learning while making education more accessible to a wider range of students. A hybrid teaching and learning approach appears to be the way of the future in education, providing a modified learning experience, face-to-face possibilities, the flexibility of independent academic study, and better resource use.

We’ve talked a lot about the devastation caused by Covid-19, particularly in the education sector, but now it’s time to talk about and work on strategies to support hybrid modes of teaching and learning, not only to help those who have been affected by Covid-19 and the learning shortfalls that have occurred as a result of school closures, but also to prepare for the future, as the third and fourth wave will bring even more challenges.

With successful integration of blended learning with customization and community growth, the hybrid approach of teaching and learning will work as a stimulant to our education system. Young Generation is mature enough to embrace new approaches that are best linked with what they are seeing with their smartphones in their hands all the time, thus it’s past time to transform the old teaching method to a more advanced form.

By integrating the online and physical models, people’s unfavourable experiences of watching lectures on YouTube without any interpersonal communication will be changed into a social context that fosters curiosity, variety, and the value of learning new things.

Hybrid method, in addition to adaptability, allows students to discover and discuss new ways of accomplishing the same work through the use of technology, broadening their ability to evaluate and produce with creativity. As they must be active through different virtual platforms, this requires a new type of communication and cooperation between teacher and pupils.

This technique will help them to develop soft abilities like emotional aptitude, flexibility, communication, encouragement and teamwork. In the future with the help of hybrid model, we’ll need to pay more attention to our evaluation process, where we’ll need to assess students on their selection, which includes research work, data collection, assessment, and assumption, projects, presentations, social service, charity work, internships, and any other form of work where they can apply what they’ve learned.

Additionally, giving online evaluation will benefit our students in these unpredictably uncertain times. There is a pressing need to revise the syllabus and create an online evaluation model that eliminates the possibility of cheating and stealing. Working solely on a single national curriculum while ignoring the current state of education and teacher quality would not provide results.

In my opinion, if we want to make this hybrid model of teaching and learning successful, we need to provide internet connection, training to teachers and to facilitate our schools, colleges and universities with this modern infrastructure with new technology. Many private colleges and universities have previously adopted this hybrid or virtual approach and have been more effective than the public sector throughout this pandemic.

But we also have to consider many problems and challenges that come in this model of education. In Pakistan, there are many schools who have implemented the hybrid model like one day in school and one day online. Half of the class attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays and half class attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Friday is totally online. However, we will continue to face the obstacles of learning from home, such as shifting student attention, a lack of social contact, and parents who are disturbed from their work, as a result of this type of hybrid learning. Teachers, students, and parents are making it work by taking frequent breaks, having one-on-one teacher-student sessions, and using interactive technology instead of the Zoom classroom. This model of learning at home is not only hard on students but also on parents and teachers as well. It’s hard for teachers in online classes to spot students who are not paying attention because in hangout classes teachers can’t see the body language of students. While many primary school teachers have found it difficult to engage young kids in online learning, others believe that the appropriate technology can make all the difference. It’s all about using the correct technology to keep young kids engaged, creating enjoyable challenges, and involving parents and families in the learning, according to many teachers. This crucial part of teaching can only be replicated with the correct software tools in a hybrid paradigm, where a class may be a mix of virtual and in-person pupils. Many teachers and students have gotten by using the built-in cameras and speakers on their computers and laptops, but poor audio and video quality is annoying and can affect a student’s ability to study. Similarly, in order to keep the entire class engaged, teachers must be seen and heard as naturally as possible by all students.

Video conferencing solutions are critical to overcome these obstacles and play a critical role in improving the student and teacher experience. However, video conferencing must be more than a laptop-based software application. Participants must be able to watch live streaming for an extended period of time, with high-definition images that bring the classroom to life for students who are unable to attend in person, and cameras that record not just the speaker but also the educational environment. The audio quality of these equipment in the classroom is particularly important, such as microphones must pick up the speaker, whether it’s the teacher or a student who has asked a question, rather than the background noise.

All education providers are working toward the same goal: overcoming the current learning crisis and minimizing the pandemic’s detrimental influence on learning as much as feasible. While learning in uncertain times and difficulty can be difficult, educational institutions can make sure that these new hybrid experiences are participating and informative for all participants, regardless of where they are now or in the future, by using the right tools, such as high-quality audio and video conferencing solutions.

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