Before 2020, hybrid learning may not have been a familiar term to parents of school-age children. Today, most families have experienced it firsthand. But is hybrid learning — the blend of in-person classroom instruction and online learning — here to stay? Or can parents expect to see less of it in the post-COVID era?
HYBRID LEARNING ISN’T NEW
Colleges and universities have been using hybrid learning for years, largely due to the rise of the internet and an increased demand for flexibility. Not all college students are full time, and many juggle work with work and family responsibilities. Online course offerings were once a rarity, but they now are a staple of most college course catalogs.
Many students seek the best of both worlds: an in-person learning experience with an online component. This is a win for larger colleges too, as hybrid learning allows them to stagger how many students are on campus at one time.
HYBRID HAS ENTERED THE K-12 WORLD
Colleges and universities have embraced online classes and hybrid learning for a while, but the coronavirus pandemic thrust K-12 schools everywhere into this model. Administrators were forced to find new ways to continue delivering quality education remotely, and one workable strategy was reducing the number of students in a room or building at one time.
Many K-12 schools have returned to full in-person learning with no intention of embracing a hybrid model again. However, a January 2022 school survey from the Institute of Education Sciences reported that 62 percent of all public schools offer hybrid learning to all students, and 38 percent offer it to some students.
IT MIGHT BECOME A CHOICE FOR STUDENTS
Hybrid learning may no longer be a requirement, but it could be a preference. Students today are digital natives who have grown up with technology playing a major part in their lives. The pandemic highlighted the importance of ensuring that normal aspects of life can continue, even if not in person. That means many schools quickly moved to offer computers to all students and improve their digital tools and curriculum.
Going forward, students in some areas might continue to have remote or hybrid learning available. Because it relies on online content more heavily, it works well for students who are self-starters and work well on their own.
WHETHER IN PERSON OR ONLINE, ENGAGED LEARNING IS ESSENTIAL
Whether students are back in the traditional classroom or still learning via a hybrid approach, the rules of engagement are the same. Students must put in the effort and the work to keep up in school, as the expectations will be the same.
If your student wants to lay the groundwork for a strong school year in the fall, now is the time to prepare. Summer is the best opportunity for tutoring so your child can build the confidence, study skills and motivation to succeed. If there were problems last school year, summer is also a great time to address any learning gaps before a new year begins.
The Huntington Learning Center Gulfport is located at 8950 Lorraine Road, Unit E, Gulfport. Contact the center at (228) 206- 2353.