What is it about?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, digital modes of learning have become popular. Other modes of learning, like hybrid or blended learning, combine classroom and online teaching. These afford the efficiency of classroom teaching and the ease and safety of online learning. Blended learning uses online resources to enhance teaching. Hybrid learning use these to substitute classroom time. But, how have these methods fared over time? What difficulties do educators face while operating within these? These questions had authors of an article go back and look at the early days of online learning. In their study, the authors described various online learning models adopted over the years. Then, they analyzed the strength, weaknesses, and challenges of the blended and hybrid education models. Finally, they recommended ways of improving the new learning models. Some of these recommendations were as follows. First, ensuring the mental wellness of the students and the teachers can help digital learning. Developing specific skills among the faculty can also improve this model. Moreover, the authors offer some suggestions to help tackle the feelings of isolation among students and teachers. Education techniques, they say, should increase human connections. Teachers and students should engage in meaningful discussions. Proper feedback and evaluation systems should be adopted for blended and hybrid learning.

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Why is it important?

Although mass vaccination has eased social interactions, classroom learning is yet to return in full swing. Meanwhile, teaching through blended and hybrid modes has emerged as the future of the learning process. But various factors are impeding the shift to these modes of learning. Some of these are fear and limited knowledge of technology, lack of time management and infrastructure, and a sense of isolation. Adopting measures to simplify the hybrid or blended learning experience can help to overcome these roadblocks. KEY TAKEAWAY: With some adjustments, newer modes of learning, like hybrid and blended learning, can be made engaging for students and educators alike.

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This page is a summary of: Combining the Best of Online and Face-to-Face Learning: Hybrid and Blended Learning Approach for COVID-19, Post Vaccine, & Post-Pandemic World, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, October 2021, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/00472395211047865.
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