Hybrid Learning: Project-based Online Learning With In-person Workshops

Nowadays, it is lot easier to learn Anywhere, Anytime. It all started with the launch of Wikipedia about a decade ago. Success of Wikipedia in informal education has inspired many creative minds/organisation to do the same in formal education. Now, Khan Academy, Academic Earth, Udemy, Saylor.org, P2PU, Coursera, Udacity and Edx are some of the prominent names in online education. If learners have an access to great content and great teachers (sometimes at no cost), then credit goes to them.

True, their democratic approach has opened the doors of formal education for those who can’t enrol themselves in highly costly formal learning institutes. They have also broken the geographical barriers. Still, these online learning modules have not been able to substitute formal education.

Learners often complain about what they miss in  an informal education system – Collaborative Learning. Lack of learning in a community, not getting instructions from teachers are some of the big drawbacks of online learning.

Answer to these problems is: Hybrid Learning . which combines project-based online learning with in-person workshops.

Skillshare is taking the lead in this direction. It has just launched hybrid classes. Skillshare’s mission is to create a better way to learn real world skills. Skillshare’s hybrid classes combine project-based online learning with in-person workshops.

Does not it look like Collaborative Learning?

Yes it is. Since, it has not ignored the importance of face-to-face learning. Its Hybrid classes are project-based. That means classes are the combination of online learning and in person workshops.

How Hybrid Classes Work

  • Real-world projects: Students learn through a hands-on project by doing, making and collaborating.
  • Less lecturing: Teacher acts as a facilitator by designing a project, curating resources, and providing feedback to students.
  • Online Discussions: Students can ask questions, share links, and get feedback from other students around the world.
  • In-Person Workshops: To foster a collaborative learning experience, students will meet in-person to collaborate and work on projects together in their cities.

Success of hybrid classes could go a long way in making anytime, anywhere learning degree replacements. For that it needs to adopt a model which is an amalgamation of motivation, relevance, support, speed, and cost-efficiency. In order to gain more acceptability among learners, hybrid model needs to have skills verification and referral system in place. It also needs to emulate successful contact network system of leading colleges and universities.

Formal learning systems, too, need to acquire some of the traits of hybrid education. Learner driven, goal-focused approach, blended modalities of learning including online and onsite, flexible grouping and dynamic scheduling,  access to experts, are some of the features of online learning that could also be integrated into formal learning system.

Blended approach, with more engagement and support is the key to the success of anywhere, anytime learning. Skillshare’s new hybrid mode is an important step in this direction.

Adapted From

5 Lessons K-12 Could Learn From Skillshare

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