Hybrid model: 2020-2021 Educational years will be a mix of online and in-person sessions

Google | May 13, 2020

  • Colleges and universities are hoping to have teachers in the classroom while K-12 schools are considering a new approach due to the coronavirus.

  • The state of New York is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a plan for a hybrid approach for K-12 students.

  • Now is the time to master online education platforms and understand what the future may look like.


Almost every student around the world--from elementary school kids to college students to professionals focused on continuing education--has been learning from home since mid-March. As the current school year winds down, parents, teachers, and administrators are looking ahead to the next school year and trying to figure out what it will look like. Students and parents alike are hoping for a return to normal, but it's more likely that the 2020-2021 school year will be a mix of online and in-person sessions. According to a survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education, 73% of respondents are planning in-person instruction this fall. Fifteen percent are waiting to decide what to do, while 5% are considering a range of scenarios or proposing a hybrid model.


The state of New York is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a plan for a hybrid approach for K-12 students. Education extends outside the classroom and into the workforce. Toyota is bringing employees back to its Kentucky plant this week, but workers will be learning how to work under new social distancing guidelines for the first few days instead of running the production lines. If coronavirus cases spike again, the auto manufacturer may need to turn to online instruction in the future as the pandemic requires new adaptations.



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“Students and parents alike are hoping for a return to normal, but it's more likely that the 2020-2021 school year will be a mix of online and in-person sessions”.


Now is the time to master online education platforms and understand what the future may look like. These downloads from TechRepublic will give you the tools to master Google Classroom, video conferencing software, and think about how to use online education to advance your career. Technology in education: The latest products and trends Just like work, travel, and entertainment, education has changed overnight due to the coronavirus lockdown.

“There are lots of options for distance learning--this roundup of tips and how-tos will help you navigate all of them from Google Classroom to Apple School Manager to Zoom”.


The familiar routine of carpool lines and bus rides have been replaced with logging on each morning to a digital classroom. This collection of articles explains how this shift is playing out and how you can adapt to this new approach to learning. You'll find advice on online platforms as well as ideas about how companies can design online training programs for employees. There are lots of options for distance learning--this roundup of tips and how-tos will help you navigate all of them from Google Classroom to Apple School Manager to Zoom. If you are in charge of corporate training at work, this guide will help you pick the best platform for live streaming your classes to your colleagues.


If this distance learning venue has become part of your daily routine, this guide can help you master the space. Your child will benefit from five tips that cover the basics. If you are setting up your own Google classroom, a how-to guide for configuring the administrator settings is a must-read. There's even some advice on how to incorporate Gradebook into the overall experience. Teachers have moved courses online as schools, colleges, and universities closed campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic. This switch tested many teachers’ capacity to adapt material and methods while at home—often with other family members—during the pandemic.


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In an ATD survey conducted for its 2014 research report, Playing to Win: Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning, 71% of organizations reported that they prefer to develop serious games in-house. 83% said they planned to develop gamification in-house. I’d say that’s a confident group!In the same survey, only 20% of organizations were already using serious games for learning, while 25% were using gamification. That means most organizations have never used games for learning before and plan to do it without help from a vendor.


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