One of the most significant changes to higher education in the last decade has been the rise of hybrid classrooms. Hybrid classrooms are a learning model where students learn in person and online. However, not all hybrid classrooms are created equal. Hybrid learning technology has given faculty the tools to create revolutionary hybrid classrooms. In today's blog post, we'll dive deep into hybrid learning technology, how it works, and how it can revolutionize higher education.
What is Hybrid Learning Technology?
Hybrid learning technology is a combination of hardware, software, and pedagogy used to create hybrid classrooms. Hybrid learning technology includes everything from online learning management systems to audio/visual hardware like projectors, speakers, microphones, and video conferencing software like Zoom.
As faculty become more comfortable with hybrid learning, new forms of hybrid learning technology are being developed. For example, some classrooms now include interactive displays that allow students sitting at home to collaborate with students sitting in class in real time.
How Does Hybrid Learning Technology Work?
Hybrid learning technology is used in various ways, depending on each class's unique needs and goals. In some classes, hybrid learning technology delivers lecture-style content with online videos and PowerPoints. In other classes, students use various online collaboration tools to work remotely.
We will likely see even more creative uses as hybrid learning technology evolves. For example, some high-end classrooms now include virtual reality headsets that allow students to collaborate on complex engineering problems in a virtual environment.
The Benefits of Hybrid Classrooms
The benefits of hybrid classrooms are clear: students get the best of both worlds. They get the personalized attention and hands-on experience they need to master complex concepts and the flexibility to learn remotely when they need to.
For faculty, hybrid classrooms offer new opportunities to engage students and provide flexible learning options. Hybrid classrooms can also help to reduce the strain on classroom resources by making it easier to accommodate more students.
The Future of Hybrid Learning Technology
Hybrid learning technology is rapidly evolving. In the next few years, we'll likely see more advanced uses of virtual and augmented reality tools and more immersive online collaboration platforms.
Additionally, hybrid learning technology is likely to become even more critical as more universities reopen with social distancing measures in place. Hybrid classrooms allow universities to give students the flexibility to continue their studies, even if they can't physically be on campus.
Hybrid classrooms and hybrid learning technology are changing the face of higher education. These technologies give faculty unprecedented tools for engaging students and provide students with the flexibility they need to learn in a way that suits them best. As hybrid learning technology evolves, we're likely to see even more creative uses and benefits for students, faculty, and universities. As an IT staff member, professor, technical director, technology director, or audiovisual professional, you can bring hybrid learning technology to your institution.