We have heard a lot about ‘hybrid learning’, ‘hybrid’ and ‘flexible working’ since March 2020 and they have become a big part of the current conversation around the future of learning and how we operate in the workplace. As we ease out of lockdowns with fully remote working and move into a more open, more ‘normal’ way of working does that mean we and our students will be in the college 100 % of our time?
First of all, it is challenging to define what hybrid learning means because it ‘exists in a sliding-scale grey area between two extremes’. We understand what it means to be 100% in the college or to be working fully from home but what can/could hybrid look like now, how can it be set up and what might the benefits be?
Before the pandemic, being in our workplace was the norm and during the pandemic, remote working was enforced by the government so there was little to no conversation or consultation or choice. Returning to college brings us to the next step where educational establishments start to consider offering a hybrid model that has been much more considered and strategic. Do we open all courses in person again or do we offer a blended learning package? This is something that ultimately rests with individual colleges and what works for one will not necessarily work for another. Many conversations between management and staff are needed about how best to engage and include our students. This is key to making hybrid learning work and there are many activities that teachers can use. Live polls are an easy way to get things going.
Here are the benefits and some simple tips around using live polls
Use a question to determine existing mood, knowledge or understanding of a topic
Brainstorm, collect opinions and get feedback after a lesson