Being a part of the 2020-2021 school season can feel like taking a crash course in educational styles. Some school systems across the country are doing modified classroom learning to try to get the benefits of students getting an education the traditional way. Others are fully remote to try to keep students safe from COVID-19. And some school districts have opted for a definite middle ground with hybrid learning.
Hybrid learning, aka blended learning, isn’t an entirely new concept. It’s been around in some capacity for decades. And, while it’s become more popular over the past few years, the pandemic has really helped this form of learning to take off.
“We’re seeing a lot of this across the country right now,” says Michael Horn, innovative education expert and author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.