Hybrid learning’s promise for personalized education

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
November 15th, 2013

Hybrid learning offers a much-needed solution to student populations, experts say

hybrid-learning-educationSome technology trends are just that: trends and fads. Others–like hybrid learning–have sticking power, because they enable students and teachers to personalize teaching and learning.

In recent years, hybrid learning–often used interchangeably with blended learning– programs across the nation have skyrocketed. Numerous reports, studies, and research efforts have documented hybrid learning’s rise and the benefits it has to offer for today’s students, who demonstrate a desire to take more control and ownership over their learning. In essence, hybrid learning gives today’s students a pathway to what they have demonstrated they want: a personalized learning experience.

According to the 2013 Keeping Pace with Online and Blended Learning report, 23 states have fully blended, or hybrid, schools. The report defines “fully blended” as a standalone school, and not a program, in which most of the curriculum is delivered in a blended form combining face-to-face and online instruction.

(Next page: What do experts and reports say?)

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I do think blended learning has the potential staying power if used appropriately. No one refutes the advantages of blended learning: more time, prolonged students’ interest in subject matter, opportunity to deepen understanding, etc. But in order to ensure all of that, we can speak of blended learning without speaking about the role of the educators. A lot of discussions about blended learning recently sound like people are pushing to replace teachers with computers. This is not to say blended learning does not have limitations, the first one in mind is the misuse of technology (as mentioned previously with the mentality that computer and technology can teach better than humans). The second and very important limitations is the advancement of technology and the money schools districts have to spend to keep up with the technology demand. And thirdly, teachers always run the risk of exposing students to information overload, loss of privacy, etc.