What Is Hybrid Learning?

Also referred to as blended learning, the concept of hybrid learning represents an educational approach that includes a traditional classroom component as well as an online component. A web-based Learning Management System (LMS) contains curriculum and course materials, and ties the two learning environments (classroom + online) together.

In a hybrid educational approach, the teacher chooses which lessons to cover during class sessions and which lessons to assign students to complete during independent study online. The student receives face-to-face instruction during required class meetings and logs into the LMS for independent study or virtual group collaboration to continue learning and to complete assignments.

At Thesys we like to think about hybrid as an educational approach that optimizes student learning by utilizing the right tools at the right times. We believe that the future of technology in education is to arm teachers with tools that inspire kids and that ultimately enhance the classroom experience.

The hybrid educational approach is new to K-12 education, but quickly garnering interest and favor. In 2009, the US Department of Education published a report stating that "students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction." The USDE noted that "the difference between student outcomes for online and face-to-face classes was larger in those studies contrasting conditions that blended elements of online and face-to- face instruction with conditions taught entirely face-to-face."

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