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Hybrid learning: Switch to technological mode to reframe Indian Education System Dr Hariswami Das

India holds an imperative place in the worldwide education industry and we have one of the biggest advanced education frameworks on the planet with more than 1.5 million schools, 751 Universities, and 35, 539 colleges.

While we all understand how crucial education is to shape our lives, it has also been a major problem in our country. There are several issues that the Indian education system is grappled with. Though the Indian Government and other institutions have been working to reform the existing education models there are still several issues that are required to be taken care of.

Those days are gone where classrooms were only poky within textbooks and blackboards; rather the recent evolution towards the classroom we see today has changed the way of learning of the students. In the modern era, classrooms are not only furnished with different tools of education but are about relationship building between the parents and the educational professionals to help amplify the overall development of a student.

Introduction of technology to change the system-

We are all quite familiar with the use of technology in the education process before and during the COVID -19 lockdown and school closures period. At the onset of COVID – 19-period virtual learning makes a platform in the education system and thus incorporation of modern technology in the education system shows its best performance to reframe the Indian education system. Many institutions, education researchers are like to switch-over to digital mode rather than a traditional physical classroom.                                                                                                              

One of the Great benefits of the technological boom that has happened across all sectors is the development of digital learning and training solutions for every phase of life. Technology creates more engaging learning experiences for students and also provides various methods of learning like-

  1. Online learning – learning with digital tools without a class-room.
  2. Distance learning – learning over significant physical distances.
  3. Remote learning- learning from anywhere
  4. Blended learning– involves a “blend” of face-to-face and digital experiences.
  5. Flipped learning– It is a pedagogical approach that inverts the traditional method of the teacher leading learning, instead of handing responsibility over to the student.
  6. Hybrid learning – Hybrid learning is a hybrid approach that builds on the success of flipped, blended, remote, distance, and online learning to intentionally create a learner-centred experience that is profoundly personalized, relevant, and engaging.

Meaning of Hybrid learning –

It is a way of combining traditional classroom experiences, and digital course delivery that emphasizes using the best option for each learning objective. That means unlike Blended learning models, which seek to balance the face-to-face and online aspects within a course, hybrid classrooms vary widely according to the subject matter taught and the needs of specific groups of learners.

Learning objectives and progress of Hybrid system-

Hybrid course design is a delicate process that requires input from a variety of professionals to reach its full potential because it needs to be grounded in the best practices established in previous course designs as well as the individual needs of the learner.

            This is typically done by weighing the needs of the learner population and their access to instructor training or digital courses, while also working to build modules that can flex to meet the needs of the learner.

Maximizing productive interaction in a Hybrid system-

Technology helped us to change dull and monotonous classrooms into a smart class, working with visual upshots, audio discourses, and other supplementary methods, makes the students grasp and absorb swiftly. It is a scientific phenomenon the more the senses are used the more calm and comfortable methods for students to fathom the subject.

In conclusion, we can say that Hybrid education is a teaching and learning model that meets the needs of students, teachers, and staff with integrated edutech tools that address blended learning, professional development, staff support, the learning gap, social-emotional learning, flexible scheduling, and attendance.

In Hybrid Education, learning comes first and can include many of the instructional approaches we are familiar with, which I mentioned above.

Hybrid learning allows a flexible approach to the learning process performed collaboratively by the student, the teacher, and the participating experts or institution. Based on the four constructs identified, the key feature of Hybrid learning is that it can be adjusted according to the needs of the learner, the course, and the other significant indicators, such as pace, time, and space. Unlike the traditional learning approach, hybrid learning could offer an array of opportunities for time and space-constrained individuals. Hybrid learning has also been found conceptually effective and applicable in different forms of collaborative learning approaches in cross-disciplines, institutional bridging, and non-format settings.

The advantage of the Hybridization of learning is it reduces traffic on campus and frees up valuable classroom space. In addition to these rather unusual benefits, some of the most important educational benefits are how hybrid courses help improve writing and computer skills. It also encourages self-directed learning, time management, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, while success with hybrid courses with group discussions and collaborative learning.

Thoughts of Hybridization in education as an umbrella term that includes blended learning, but is not limited to just that. It can say that Hybridization is a Rainbow structure in the vast sky of education.

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