Hybrid Learning vs. Blended Learning: Two Related Yet Different Concepts

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If you have fond memories of sitting at a desk while an instructor lectured at you, you’re in the minority. Most instructors and learners prefer to have more control over their educational experience, and thankfully modern technology facilitates this more than ever before. Unfortunately, this paradigm shift has also caused terms such as hybrid learning vs. blended learning to be used interchangeably when they in fact have completely different meanings. Both terms refer to a combination of in-person and online instruction, but hybrid models combine in-person and remote learners while blended models entail individual students receiving both in-person and online instruction. If your organization is investing in either model, Dojo360 is a learning engagement platform equipped with the tools you need to drive better outcomes. 

We’re Turning, and our passion is ensuring that instructors and learners alike make the most of every educational opportunity presented to them. We use e3 as a simple acronym to explain our philosophy: equity, evidence, and engagement. Dojo360 was designed with these three things in mind to help instructors deliver the content that learners need to pursue their educational and professional goals. 

Hybrid Learning vs. Blended Learning: What Do I Need for Each Approach?

The best way to implement any learning program is to consider potential pitfalls and preemptively identify solutions for them. One of the biggest challenges associated with hybrid learning is that instructors need to present material to in-person and remote learners at the same time. Hands-on activities that engage in-person learners are passive experiences at best for remote learners, while learners who are attending in-person may wonder why they are there if their instructor seems to be focusing on the remote audience. Dojo360 is equipped with numerous features to address these concerns including the following:

  1. Integrated Virtual Workspaces
  2. Learners can communicate with their instructor and one another in real-time even if they are miles apart, facilitating collaborative brainstorming sessions and group work that provide equity to in-person and remote learners. 

  3. Single-Source Hybrid Learning
  4. Instructors can design courses for both in-person and remote learners on one platform for maximal flexibility. Dojo360 also offers seamless integration with Blackboard, Google Classroom, Canvas, D2L, and many more so instructors can reuse existing materials. Likewise, existing Powerpoint presentations can be imported directly into Dojo360.

  5. Real-Time Analytics
  6. Dojo360 allows instructors to record and report attendance for in-person and remote learners. Likewise, interactive exercises can identify any individualized areas of opportunity long before learners sit for an exam, providing the instructor the evidence they need to take prompt corrective action.

Similarly, one of the biggest challenges associated with blended learning is that students need to buy into the value of the online components. If students don’t show up to in-person sessions fully prepared, instructors need to choose between burning valuable meeting time reviewing old material or leaving the unprepared behind. Luckily, Dojo360 offers the following features to make online learning just as engaging as in-person sessions:

  1. Self-Paced Learning
  2. Instructors can create learning modules that learners can engage with whenever and wherever they want to, helping them feel like they’re in control over their education. Instructors can also tell who has completed which assignments at a glance and note their performance on inline quizzes, ensuring equity across all learners.

  3. Multimedia Functionality
  4. Instructors can take advantage of multimedia authoring to integrate videos, podcasts, graphics, and more into their assignments so that learners aren’t just passively reading or listening to information. Live polls also allow learners to provide feedback on every lesson.

  5. Gamification Elements
  6. Humans are innately competitive, and awarding points based on assessment performance or badges based on completed tasks can be a great way to foster friendly competition among learners and increased engagement with the material.

Hybrid vs. Blended Learning: Dojo360 is the Answer Either Way

Whether you’re looking for a way to help middle school science teachers explain photosynthesis to their students or trying to ensure that all new hires receive the right training, Dojo360 offers everything you need. You can integrate assessments directly into course content to keep track of learner progress, schedule live classes that both in-person and remote learners can attend, and create personalized learning paths to give learners the resources they need when they need them. Dojo360 also meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 standards to make hybrid and blended learning accessible to everyone. 

Best of all, Dojo360 allows instructors to create and store all of their educational tools in one convenient spot for easy access. We’re confident that our e3 philosophy will serve your needs regardless of your answer to the blended vs. hybrid learning conundrum! If you would like to learn more about how Turning can help your organization pursue its educational or training goals, we encourage you to discover more about Dojo360

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