Tip #892: The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Learning

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” George Evans

The HyFlex, or hybrid flexible course format, involves designing and delivering the same content in-person as well as online in both a synchronous and an asynchronous manner, using activities appropriate for each format. The learners decide how they want to participate.

Solutions to Common Training Challenges

The HyFlex model offers solutions to common training challenges.

Challenge #1: When faced with a group of learners with different levels of expertise, trainers are often troubled by the need to teach to the lowest common denominator. They fear that having to explain the more basic content will bore or alienate the more experienced learners.

Solution: The learners with less knowledge of the content can get additional exposure to the course material by attending both the in-person and online sessions and group discussions. This means that the trainer may not have to spend as much time in explanations.

Challenge #2: There is an increasing emphasis on providing learning that is tailored to meet the specific needs of individual learners.

Solution: The learners can select the learning option or options that work best for them. This gives them more control over their learning process since they can customize it to meet their specific needs or preferences.

Challenge #3: A constant training concern is how to create and maintain learner engagement.

Solution: The learners can find the variety of learning options intriguing. Since adults love choices, they are likely to be more engaged and take greater initiative in their learning process when they have to choose a learning option.

Challenge #4: Whether their hybrid work situations are new or long-established due to a geographically dispersed workforce, organizations find that providing equal access to learning opportunities for in-office and at-home workers can be problematic.

Solution: The learners can have access to the same course content when it is provided both in-person and online.

The Downside

The downside of HyFlex courses is the need to develop curricula for multiple platforms. This makes it very labor-intensive for curriculum designers and trainers. As a result, organizations may want to set criteria and prioritize which courses become HyFlex.

Such criteria might include how important the content is, which and how many employees will need to receive the training, where those employees are located, and how often the training will be given. Recurring training, such as orientation programs and leadership development series, would be prime candidates for HyFlex.

Question: Do you anticipate using the HyFlex course format?

May your learning be sweet- and safe.


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