By Kasper Hauser
Instead of disrupting traditional methods of teaching, the hybrid classroom blends the benefits of both instruction models. It’s not an either-or winner takes all initiative, but an option for carefully planned and executed synchronous learning.
A well-designed hybrid classroom allows everyone to take part in teaching and learning at the same time, whether they’re physically in the classroom or attending virtually.
Here are four essential features that improve hybrid classroom learning.
1. Classroom design for everyone to see and hear
A hybrid classroom design with video conferencing capabilities allows everyone in-person and virtually to see and hear what’s happening. The key here is clear video and sound.
Even better is the ability to move the camera to incorporate various aspects of the classroom so that students learning remotely feel more engaged. But the design shouldn’t disrupt the learning experience of those in the classroom.
So, as you can see in this video demonstration from Global Village Academy, Aurora, clear sound and visibility are key, and the viewing experience makes a difference.
2. Video call for live instruction
Live instruction via video has a way of increasing productivity among students. So, instead of pre-recorded online content being shared with students, or the physical class being recorded and shared later, the blended approach encourages better participation and interaction.
All students feel as if they’re a part of the process. And teachers are in a better position to assess the development of students from each modality.
3. Tools for enhanced class participation
Virtual learning is not just a matter of substituting in-class teaching methods with an online modality or content. And in a blended classroom approach, students attending virtually can feel like they’re on the outside looking in. Again, user design is key.
With a hybrid learning platform like Ohiya Networks’ powered by WebRTC, it allows you to augment students’ learning experience using virtual tools at your disposal. Breakout classrooms. File sharing capabilities. Real-time collaboration on documents. And all this is done within the platform without the need for students and parents to learn or download additional tools to supplement this process.
The added benefit is that these tools can help you increase class participation and encourage class attendance.
4. Support for different learning methods
This is another way that hybrid learning allows teachers to support the different circumstances and learning methods of students. In a traditional, face-to-face only learning environment, if a student is unable to attend school, they must get caught up on their own.
With a blended environment, it’s easier for teachers to offer various methods to help students. For example, classes can be recorded and offered as on-demand access. It also supports students who were in the class but need additional support. Being able to revisit the class helps. Teachers can also create breakout sessions for smaller group activities for better student participation and support.
Ready for a Hybrid Classroom model?
Ohiya Networks is a cloud-based hub that makes it easy to conduct remote and hybrid learning. It allows teachers and students to bring their conversations, assignments, and classroom interactions into one platform that’s an engaging learning environment.
The Ohiya Networks virtual classroom set up allows educators and students to take advantage of the benefits of blended learning.
Let’s show you how t o build a more cost-effective and collaborative classroom for students, teachers, and colleagues. Book a free demo to see how we can help you enhance your hybrid teaching and learning experience.