4 IT Learning Necessities for Hybrid Learning in Classrooms
As the US transitions to a hybrid learning format, educators brush up on the best ways to keep their students productive. Distance learning is different; teachers must digitize their methods and all planned lessons for students to access while at home.
When working in a hybrid learning setup, IT admin should enact these 4 necessary practices.
1. Analyze the possible issues with hybrid learning setups
IT admins should consider how students connect with their teachers. They must cover all the potential problems that may arise when shifting to a hybrid learning setup. What if there is an internet issue? What if students don’t have access to a computer? Could there be complications with IEPs?
It is essential to consider the physical materials that will be beneficial to your students. In a hybrid learning environment, resources such as textbooks, workbooks, manipulatives and additional reading materials may need to be digitized.
2. Set up appropriate security measures
Security is the top priority when shifting to a hybrid learning setup. The recent boost in online learning and working from home has caused an uprise in cyberattacks. To secure their students’ information, IT admins should search for a solution that creates a safe and secure learning environment by blocking all possible cyberthreats that try to access its network.
Creating strict identity and access control rules should also be a priority for IT admins. For example, while teachers and superintendents are essential to an education system, they do not require access to the same information. Digital learning solutions must be able to protect data, research and intellectual property by providing access only to those who are authorized.
3. Implement a communication solution
Communication and collaboration are the backbones of successful hybrid learning setups. IT admin should look for a solution that allows users to chat, call and share documents, such as Cisco Webex. If you already use communication tools with students or an LMS, keep using them and make sure all users are comfortable working with them. Otherwise, finding a solution that is both functional for education and can promote communication and collaboration should be top priority.
4. Create a feedback inquiry
Setting up a discussion space for feedback is essential when moving to a hybrid learning setup. IT teams must be transparent about their expectations for critical feedback. Students and parents should receive emails educating them on how to give feedback to one another, especially in a virtual space.
One great way to collect feedback is to create a survey for all users to submit after using the hybrid learning setup.
When hybrid learning, it is likely that students will get discouraged when they can’t ask teachers or their peers for help. It is important to set reminders for teachers to send out encouraging messages to their students, encouraging them to ask questions and take surveys regarding the use of their hybrid learning setup.
For more information on how to prepare your school for hybrid learning, download our checklist on preparing for distance learning.