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Blended Learning vs. Hybrid Learning: Important Differences

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Up until last year, the terms “hybrid learning” and “blended learning” might not have meant much to you or ever crossed your mind unless you are an educator. But today, whether you are a teacher, a parent, or a student yourself, these terms come up in conversation a lot more. The problem is, the two terms are often conflated with one another.

Blended Learning vs. Hybrid Learning

There are important differences when it comes to blended learning vs. hybrid learning. And we’re about to break them down in this post!

At Swift Polling, many of the tools we offer on our online polling platform are used in both blended and hybrid learning environments. As such, it’s incredibly important to us to keep our customers up to date with everything they want to know on the subject.

Let’s get started!

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning involves a combination (AKA, a blend) of in-person and online learning or instruction. This could mean providing an in-person lecture for your students, and then having them complete another lesson online.

With blended learning, students may be physically present in the same classroom. At the same time, they could still be using the internet to complete assignments and tasks. Additionally, they could use online platforms for interacting with their instructor or asking questions, whether or not their instructor is in the same room or not.

There are a number of benefits to blended learning so it’s no surprise so many schools and classrooms incorporate this teaching method. For example, when students can ask questions online rather than raising a hand and speaking up, it helps keep order in the classroom. At the same time, it can also empower shy students to speak up when they can type their questions or answers rather than speaking them out loud.

What is Hybrid Learning?

As for hybrid learning, there are, in fact, many similarities to blended learning. But there are also some critical differences.

So, blended learning refers to a blend of online and in-person instruction. But hybrid learning relates more to the location of the students themselves. In this case, the hybrid involves a mix of in-person and remote students.

Hybrid learning has become an incredibly important topic around the world over the past year and a bit. In many places, children and their parents are left with the decision of whether to send their children to school in-person or keep them home for remote learning. As such, many classrooms are adapting to a hybrid learning structure.

Throughout history, hybrid learning has been utilized for providing greater access to education. Even when students were traveling, home sick, or otherwise couldn’t attend in-person lessons, hybrid learning means they can still take part.

Since COVID-19 began, hybrid learning has also been used as a safety measure throughout schools across the United States. By offering students and their families the option to learn remotely or in person, hybrid learning helps keep in-person classroom numbers down. At the same time, when students or their families are isolating, they can learn from home and not miss a beat.

What About Remote Learning?

Remote learning was a dominant education style over the past year-plus. When most schools shut down in-person learning, many schools had to abruptly adjust to a strictly remote learning model. Doing so, they learned a lot of lessons and best practices for making these changes. Now, many schools are slowly shifting back to more in-person learning. As such, we’re seeing hybrid learning become increasingly popular.

Bringing it All Together

Now you know that blended learning refers more to the style of teaching (in-person vs. digital instruction). And that hybrid learning refers to the students and instructors being in a combination of in-person and remote locations. Regardless of what your classroom looks like, we have tools to help it run more efficiently and keep your students engaged!

Swift Polling is all about real-time audience engagement. Whether that audience is a group of grade two students, a hybrid classroom of college students, or an education conference for your staff, you can excite them and interact with them in real-time. And when it comes to blended or hybrid learning, real-time is what it’s all about! There’s no reason remote students can’t be just as engaged as in-person students thanks to real-time engagement. This includes the use of live polls, quizzes, games, and more.

To discover the Swift Polling tools you can use in your own classroom, click here and learn more!

 

 

 

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