Hybrid Learning Best Practices - How to Effectively Take Advantage of This Innovative Learning Environment

By: MicroTek
08/18/2016

By combining remote and in-class participants into a single, interactive learning environment, hybrid learning is dramatically changing the way training organizations are providing instructor-led training. 

I recently published a series of articles on how to most effectively take advantage of the rich learning experience by utilizing hybrid learning best practices. In this post I provide a summary of all these articles.

Best Practice 1: Train the Trainer

A trainer can often be intimidated by the hybrid training environment. They may fear that if the technology fails, their training will fail. Therefore, the trainer needs to be very familiar with the technology they are using.

This involves the instructor becoming familiar with the technology before the training begins to allow him or her the opportunity to adapt course materials, learn how to use the platform and source help if they need it. Once a trainer is familiar with the hybrid classroom capabilities, they often find that there is minimal adaption and that teaching in a hybrid model feels natural.

Best Practice 2: Set Learner Expectations

To prepare participants for the unique learning experience of the hybrid environment, it is important to clearly set expectations. Remote participants should know that they are expected to be seen and heard, just as they would be in a traditional instructor-led training environment.

Remote participants can be naturally camera-shy, especially if new to teleconferencing. Encourage participants to be present, visible and audible. This will increase engagement and instill a sense of ownership for a participant’s own learning.

Watch Video: Virtual Training Room from the Student's Perspective. Get a  preview of what the hybrid environment is like for learners.

Best Practice 3: Keep Learners from Tuning Out

The trainer should interact with remote participants and keep them engaged, just as though they were physically in the classroom. This may be more difficult in a virtual setting, because the trainer may not be aware of the distractions remote participants are experiencing from their locations.

In order to maintain remote participants’ engagement, a trainer should plan interactive activities and conduct knowledge checks to ensure participants are learning.

Best Practice 4: Adapting Content for a Hybrid Environment

Trainers should ensure course material is suitable for both in-class and remote participants. Ideal content for a hybrid environment includes interesting visuals to reinforce and enhance the learning. It is relevant to the audience's lives and ready for daily application. It is concise, relevant, and organized.

Best Practice 5: Tips and Tricks for Delivering Hybrid Learning

When teaching in a hybrid environment, make sure you are prepared. Practice with the material, the delivery platform, and classroom controls. Plan interactions that allow remote and in-class participants to interact with each other. Ask questions of participants often throughout the training. If you are comfortable with the platform, there is no reason your training will not be equally effective to both in-class and remote participants.

Want to know more about whether hybrid learning is right for your training program? Download our Complete Guide to Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning Guide