What is Hybrid Learning? How do Hybrid and Blended Learning Differ?

By: MicroTek

 At MicroTek, we talk a lot about the value of hybrid learning and the ways in which it can enrich your instructor-led training. But what is hybrid learning? And how is hybrid learning different from blended learning.

Difference Between Hybrid and Blended Learning

The two terms are often used interchangeably, but is there a difference? What is the difference? In broad terms, both hybrid and blended learning combine instructor-led classes with online elements. There is, however, a subtle difference between the two modalities. Blended learning combines the classroom with online elements such as asynchronous exercises or content meant to complement the in-class lesson. The hybrid environment, on the other hand, virtually incorporates remote learners into the synchronous classroom.

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

This unique training modality also differs from earlier versions of virtual instructor-led training or vILT in that the hybrid model fully incorporates the remote learners into the classroom—allowing them to interact with the instructor and other learners as though they were physically present. Connected with dynamic, two-way audio and high-definition video, remote learners are not simply watching the live classroom. Combining the live classroom with virtual components creates an equal learning experience for both the in-class and remote learners. Learners benefit from the flexibility of remote learning, while still realizing the superior learning experience of instructor-led training.

Benefits of Hybrid Learning

The hybrid modality provides significant benefits for learners, instructors and training organizations. These benefits include:

Learner Benefits

  • Increased interaction with instructor
  • Greater engagement and involvement in the course
  • Higher quality peer interaction
  • Greater flexibility in course scheduling

Instructor Benefits

  • Better student engagement
  • More flexible scheduling
  • Ability to reach more learners
  • Interactive teaching environment

Training Organization Benefits

  • Cost-effective way to extend the reach of training
  • Improved learning experience for more effective training
  • Decreased cancellations
  • Decreased travel costs

Now that you understand the definition of hybrid learning, are you ready to incorporate this powerful learning modality into your classroom training? 

Hybrid Learning Guide