Hybrid learning, also known as blended learning, combines in-person classroom time with online classroom time. The in-person classroom time functions in the same way as traditional school, with set class times and a teacher in the room leading the day’s lesson.
As for the time spent learning online, the experience depends on the hybrid learning style the school employs. In the case of most traditional schools that went virtual during the pandemic, online classroom time functioned exactly like in-person classroom time, except that the teacher and all of the students attended the class over the Internet.
However, some schools have adopted a hybrid learning style that embraces an asynchronous, rather than synchronous, format. Synchronous learning is any learning that is happening in real-time. Asynchronous learning can happen at any time during the day.
In hybrid schools that utilize asynchronous learning, students are not expected to sit in front of their computers, listening to a lecture or completing work during the class period. Instead, they are given an assignment they can complete on their own at whatever time of day works best for them.
In a hybrid learning environment, online asynchronous learning gives students more flexibility and a greater ability to pace themselves. Experts consider this one of the top benefits of hybrid/blended learning. After all, students who can better pace themselves may be less likely to fall behind and more likely to master new information.