Is Hybrid learning the new future of education?

Dr. SAHDEV SINGH

CENTRAL SECRETARIAT SERVICE
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Department of Justice
M/o Law & Justice & MHA
MA, LLB (DU), LLM (IMO-IMLI, Malta),
PGDCL, PGDPI&P, PGDIL&D,
Parliamentary Fellowship,
[Honorary Doctorate Award of Public Administration (Honorius Causa),
The Degree of Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), and
The Degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)]

Institutions are working very hard in making the education system work smoothly that can help in the overall improvement of the student post-COVID 19. We are Acquainted with the reality that schools and colleges are already facing lots of dilemmas and struggle in making new teaching methods a new normal now. Although the journey was not easy- educators, parents, and students have done perfectly during the academic year and bring out results.

The experience was challenging and the road was a bit bumpy, and this abrupt migration to finish out budding term must be viewed as a success.

In the present scenario, I want to mention here the Quote of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar “Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence”.

Procrastinating on the achievement, however, would be short-sighted.

We must have to keep this in mind that planning and preparation must begin with. But the main question will remain the same: Will schools remain fully online in the full term? Will regular classes be able to resume? Or will it end up being some type of mix? At this point, no one can know for certain.

We have to realize that due to this pandemic, coupled with the progressions of learning technology and the expectations of today’s students will necessitate it.

According to me, let’s make a proceeding for hybrid learning.

Many experts say that education will be a mix of residential and online instruction. I also feel that the hybrid learning strategy will not look the same in every circumstance. We have to conclude what works best for the educators and the students. 

Beyond the current pandemic, several factors will offer to this perpetual change to hybrid instruction.

  • More demanding and discerning students

    In a recent report, 63% of school students say that online instruction is worse than residential instruction. I believe that it is due to the unexpected and immediate nature of the transition. It may not allow the faculty the time and support to create effective and engaging online experiences

  • The requirement to meet the standards

    Secondly, I would say that putting the pandemic aside, institutions are already challenged with meeting the expectations of today’s digital native student. The modern student lives in a hybrid world of their creation. So offering students solely of classrooms, lecture halls, whiteboards, and PowerPoint slides will not satisfy the craving of hybrid students. 

    I too understand that moving towards hybrid learning unleashes the power and opportunity of mixed modality. 

    What is especially exciting about hybrid teaching models is how the precious time spent face-to-face can be made even more impactful and estimable.

  • Flexibility to future disruptions

    We have to understand that no one knows what the future holds for us. It is always safe to assume that the past will never repeat. But being future-ready is correspondingly important. Even if the school gets open, it is very essential to be adaptable in our teaching methods. We can use eLearning for a few days of the calendar. 

  • Embrace the advantages

    We all know that COVID 19 has already forced our higher education to make immediate changes that one has thought of. Now that we’ve passed through the crisis phase, it’s time to learn from the experiences and begin developing the next generation of teaching and learning

    Let’s develop an enriching hybrid learning experience for your students and teachers. 

    Learning is an enduring process. There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life is a process of learning, as it’s important to seize the day, but always make time to go deeper and wider in your learning. In this perspective, Mahatma Gandhi quotes “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn äs if you were to live forever”.

Good wishes to all, 

Dr. SAHDEV SINGH

CENTRAL SECRETARIAT SERVICE
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India
Department of Justice
M/o Law & Justice & MHA
MA, LLB (DU), LLM (IMO-IMLI, Malta),
PGDCL, PGDPI&P, PGDIL&D,
Parliamentary Fellowship,
[Honorary Doctorate Award of Public Administration (Honorius Causa),
The Degree of Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), and
The Degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD)]