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Hybrid learning is about to become the new normal in education 

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Huawei’s Frank Huang explores how the pandemic has highlighted the importance of building robust and resilient education systems and how technology can level the learning playing field. 

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For hundreds of years, students’ learning activities were limited to classrooms, usually following the passive, teacher-centric model. However, the rise in digital transformation has brought a new alternative in the form of hybrid learning.

 

The sudden and widespread disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced educators to evolve their approach to ensure learning continuity for all students, and hybrid learning continues to be at the core of this evolution.

 

What is hybrid learning

 

Hybrid learning is a new educational model that involves some students attending class in-person, while, simultaneously, others join virtually from other locations, whether that’s home, a dormitory, or a cafe with internet access. While the concepts of blended and e-learning have been around for some time, hybrid learning marks the next step. Not only does it offer digital, interactive, and engaged teaching in the classroom, it also ensures the same learning experience for students attending remotely.

 

As a leading ICT solution provider, Huawei has been dedicated to developing new education technologies for a decade. In recent years, Huawei launched the Hybrid Learning Solution for our global education customers, which already serves hundreds of schools and universities around the world. Understandably, user numbers increased dramatically during the pandemic.

Not only does hybrid learning offer digital, interactive, and engaged teaching in the classroom, it also ensures the same learning experience for students attending remotely

Bringing new value to the education sector, our Hybrid Learning Solution features a learning management system (LMS) built in cooperation with ULearning, a Huawei Cloud-certified SaaS partner. The ULearning LMS offers a comprehensive range of user-friendly features running through the entire learning process from preparation to after-class activity. The LMS is supported by the Huawei IdeaHub, an interactive 4K digital whiteboard which can be used for writing, drawing, sharing information and video conferencing.

How Huawei technologies are helping to reshape education. Image: Huawei
How Huawei technologies are helping to reshape education. Image: Huawei

The IdeaHub also includes helpful tools that enable polls, in-class quizzes and group discussions. Students attending class remotely can use their laptop or tablet to login to the LMS and watch the shared IdeaHub screen. Using technology to enable digital courseware and interactive learning creates a more conducive hybrid learning environment. This enables teachers to focus on their teaching.

 

After the classroom

 

‘After-class’ learning is just as important as the 45-minute lesson. Thanks to our advanced technologies, students are now able to continue their study after school, doing exercises, completing assignments, or even taking online tests set by the teacher. The LMS will automatically record and use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse statistics generated from the learning process. Analytics reports can be produced for class performance, and also to track the progress in knowledge for individual students. This helps teachers to evaluate outcomes and improve their teaching methodology accordingly.

 

And since the system can pinpoint weak points in each student’s knowledge, ‘nudge’ technology can be used to disseminate different content to different students, putting adaptive learning into practice.

 

In order to boost engagement between teachers and students, and also between students in different locations, a feature-rich LMS with interactive video conferencing abilities is essential. Another essential element of hybrid learning is having a highly reliable Cloud service, such as Huawei Cloud, in place that can support large numbers of concurrent users, particularly at peak times.

Nudge technology can be used to disseminate different content to different students, putting adaptive learning into practice

What’s more, a stable, high-speed network connection is essential, so that both online and offline learners are offered the same rich learning experience. Reliable hardware, such as Huawei Wi-Fi 6, is crucial in supporting hybrid learning, as is the provision of national infrastructure that can cater for the increased use of bandwidth.

 

The hybrid approach allows for more personalised learning. Image: Huawei
The hybrid approach allows for more personalised learning. Image: Huawei

Along with our established capabilities in traditional ICT solution provision, Huawei is also a global cloud service provider. We are committed to offering reliable, effective, secure, cost-effective and AI-powered services through technological innovation, in collaboration with our thousands of professional ecosystem partners. Our Hybrid Learning Solution, provides state-of-the-art hardware product including the IdeaHub Board and network devices like Wi-Fi 6 AP, as well as essential Cloud services. By covering every base in the hybrid learning journey, we are bringing new value to the world of education, both for teachers and students.

 

Levelling the playing field

 

Hybrid learning has been implemented in many countries during the pandemic. This has helped to support the partial opening of many schools where only some students have been able return to physical classrooms and the others have had to study from home due to quarantine rules. In fact, the term ‘classroom’ is rapidly becoming obsolete as hybrid learning bridges the gap between physical and virtual learning spaces.

 

In this way, hybrid learning can also help to level the playing field, boosting access to education via remote learning. The upskilling of educators to introduce these ways of teaching is also incredibly beneficial for learners.

The term ‘classroom’ is rapidly becoming obsolete as hybrid learning bridges the gap between physical and virtual learning spaces

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has highlighted the importance of building robust and resilient education systems, and leaders around the world are now exploring the best approaches for guaranteeing learning continuity in post-pandemic times. Having already proven to be a successful approach during the pandemic, Hybrid Learning is about to become the new normal of future education.

 

Frank Huang is the Director of Education and Healthcare Department, Global Government BU, Enterprise BG at Huawei. He is responsible for developing and promoting Huawei’s education and healthcare ICT solutions globally. With over 15 years of experience in driving education-focused ICT projects across more than 10 countries, Frank possesses rich industry knowledge and subject matter expertise that enables him to enhance Huawei’s reputation and stakeholder relationship. Furthermore, he has participated in several prominent EU-funded projects on Future Internet Research & Experiment.

 

Find out more about how Huawei is supporting the future of education here.

 

 

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