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Hybrid Learning vs. Blended Learning: What's The Difference?


Blended learning combines in-classroom instruction with asynchronous exercises and content that are consumed outside the classroom. Hybrid learning on the other hand, is the method of teaching remote and in-person students at the same time via virtual instruction solutions.

The two terms are often (incorrectly) used interchangeably. Though both instruction methods have instructor-led and online elements, hybrid learning and blended learning have substantially different benefits and unique student experiences.


VIDEO: Hybrid Learning from the User and Speaker Perspectives

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.


Learner Benefits

  • Increased interaction with the 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

  • A cost-effective way to extend the reach of training
  • An 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? 

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