Key Features Of Hybrid E-Learning

Jennifer Pauli

Jennifer Pauli graduated from Corvinus School of Management and finished the faculty of Journalism at Corvinus University of Budapest. Currently, she is an editor, business writer, and copywriter, working with enough well-known companies, blogs, and personalities.

Have you ever wondered whether it is possible to combine the classical learning environment and the e-learning to provide students with more interesting and more effective educational experience? Here is the answer – yes, it`s possible! This instructional method, called the hybrid e-learning, is becoming more and more popular these days because most of the educators believe that such an unusual combination tends to boost the learning outcomes. So, what is the secret of the hybrid e-learning?

How Organizations and Colleges Can Benefit from Hybrid E-Learning

By combining both online and offline classes together, hybrid e-learning increases the efficiency of education and enhances the quality of teaching. Due to this powerful modern method, educational establishments offer a better quality of education than ever. It really works because:
  •         It saves time, money, and productivity
  •         It deepens the retention and understanding of information
  •         It increases the engagement level of the learners
  •         It addresses the problem of limited classroom space
  •         It helps all types of learners
  •         It uses a plethora of different material types
  •         It gives students the opportunity to access courses when they want
  •         It gives students the chance to receive personalized training
  •         It improves collaborative learning and communication
  •         It keeps students focused for longer
  •         It prepares students for the future
  •         It breaks the traditional walls of teaching
  •         It removes the limitations on tutor`s availability, location, and time that are 
              imposed by a physical classroom       

How to Implement Hybrid E-Learning Model

If you are going to implement a hybrid e-learning model, you should definitely be aware of its key components and steps. These tips will help you to get started:
Tip 1. Make sure that both face-to-face and online activities complement each other. Students shouldn`t perceive them as separate contexts that have very little to do with one another. You have to get the right mix if you want to make your course successful.
Tip 2. Identify your learning objectives. It can help you build the structure of your hybrid e-learning content in a proper way. Make your objectives realistic, achievable, and appropriate for your learners. Don`t forget to provide them with the course structure and learning goals at the very start of the course so they know exactly what to expect.
Tip 3. Ensure that you have a sustained financial support to establish a hybrid e-learning.
Tip 4. Determine how to present the content effectively. Content organization plays a big role in creating high-quality e-learning. You can even turn to the essay writing service where you will be able to hire a professional who would help you produce new e-learning content from scratch.
Tip 5. Provide opportunities for interaction. Allow your students to communicate in meaningful ways – both online and face-to-face. Help them share their experiences and learn from each other by setting up a collaborative platform.
Tip 6. Offer a list of references and resources to your learners. Students will learn even more if you add some links to interesting articles and reference sites. It is also very important to make all your educational materials accessible via multiple devices.
Tip 7. Create online assessments for a blended learning environment. Find a tool for creating online tests that will work best for you. Online assessment will be definitely a great supplement to classroom training.
Tip 8. Incorporate various instructional methods and approaches. Try to respond to different learner preferences. Give presentations, provide students with interactive practice exercises and interact with them through chat rooms, private messaging or discussion forums.
Tip 9. Enhance learning during the live training sessions by using computer-based exercises and multimedia content.
Tip 10. Ensure that all the students are prepared to participate in the face-to-face activities. Online content should help them learn the basic information needed.

To sum it all up, the rapid technological and socio-economic changes make universities and business organizations examine their educational practices from a new perspective. John Dewey, a prominent educational reformer, once said that “if we teach today`s students as we taught yesterday`s, we rob them of tomorrow”. A hybrid e-learning seems to be a powerful tool for maximizing outcomes of modern students, increasing deeper learning, and teaching tomorrow`s skills today.

Eyeing WT20 glory at home...

When a World Cup is staged in India, it isn't just a World Cup. It's much bigger than that! It's an extravaganza; a festival of cricket where big things are expected from the home team. And if they don't live up to the expectations, there are a lot of people waiting with open swords. Just like 2011, the Indian junta expects the team to go all the way this time around too. And by the looks of it, the team won't disappoint.

India has been playing very good T20 cricket as of late. They white-washed Australia in Australia and recently, won an eight-nation tournament very convincingly. If they continue from where they had left off in the Asia Cup, they'll have a great chance of winning the prestigious trophy.

For the men in blue, surprisingly, the bowlers have impressed time and again in the recent past. The two pacers, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah, with their unorthodox bowling actions have caused havoc for the opposition batsmen. The spin department looks settled as well, with Ashwin there as the mystery spinner. The batsmen, as has always been the case, are very skilful and dependable. All in all, the team looks really strong and well-balanced.

Although the Indians should fancy their chances, they can't afford to relax as other teams look dangerous as well. Pakistan and Australia, in particular, with their bowling, could give the Indians a run for their money. Moreover, the Proteas have been in red-hot form against India in the last three T20 matches that the two nations have played in India. Hence, as Faf du Plessis rightly said, it's an open tournament.

T20 cricket is really unpredictable and as we have seen before, a single over can change the outcome of the match. Such is the format that declaring a team as favourites before the start of the tournament is actually not right. India have the home advantage, but still, anything can happen. The last edition of the World T20 showed us that!

Sizzling Summer Days

It's vacation time, and students can be seen chilling out with friends and family. The holidays serve as the much required break after the exams. The possibilities are endless as there's a lot of free time to make use of. With the temperatures rising with each passing day, one needs to pursue happiness and health in order to have a memorable summer vacation.

A nice start to the day is essential. What better than an early morning walk in a park? Take someone along, and talk about things that interest you. Talk about wildlife, sports, philosophy and lifestyle. However, if the person walking with you is your grandfather, as is mostly the case with me, make it a point to listen attentively even if he talks on topics such as history, politics or economy. Get out of your comfort zone, and debate on topics that are new to you. At the same time, keep walking briskly, in order to keep in shape.

Plan ahead and stick to it. Decide on a skill or two you'd like to master. Read books, write, play a musical instrument or take up a course. Once you make up your mind, be diligent and committed. It's much easier said than done, especially in today's world. There are a number of distractions, including the television, internet and electronic gadgets. The idiot box is a major hazard, which can keep you from work. Learn to control yourself. Remember, it will benefit you in the long run!

Summer food is the best, as most people would agree. Desserts and drinks are the best part. A royal breakfast, a heavy lunch and a sumptuous dinner! Moreover, mouth-watering desserts and delicious drinks are served in the heat, which are very refreshing. Cold fruit juices and shakes are possible only during summers, and one should take full advantage of this facility during this time of the year.

Play! Live as if there's no tomorrow! Play indoor games when it's hot outside. Challenge yourself and challenge others. Remember, happiness is contagious. In the evening, play outdoors. Put your body on the line. Learn to handle pressure when it goes down to the wire. Eliminate complacency. There is so much that sport teaches us. Learn while you play!

Plan a vacation with friends or family. Visit a place you've never been to before. Explore the place. Learn about its culture, wildlife and people. Travelling is a great way of discovering yourself, as many people believe. We, Indians, are lucky to have been born and brought up in a diverse country such as ours. There are so many places to visit! Himachal in the north, Goa in the west, Kerala in the south and the seven sisters in the east.Take advantage of the rich heritage and varied culture that India has to offer.

Summer days are the most sought-after days of the year. Summer days are fun-filled and playful. They can be really productive and satisfying. The key is to keep it simple. Enjoy, but enjoy responsibly. Keep yourself busy. Work. Play. Travel.

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