April 12, 2017
Hybrid Class or Traditional Class?
Between 1998 and 2008, the numbers of students who took hybrid classes grew by 150 percent (Akaanuli). When all of us hear the word “school”, we imagine a building with students and teachers in it. In a traditional classroom, students and teachers get together for a certain amount of time in order to study and hear the lecture. Unlike the traditional class, today’s schools enable students to study without having to sit in classrooms. Some educators disagree on the benefits of hybrid classes. Schools should provide more online courses because hybrid classes are very flexible and lead to better test results.
First of all, hybrid classes are very flexible. Variety and flexibility of hybrid classes allow busy students to take their courses whenever they have time. Since many of the students are occupied in a job or have children, they do not need to worry about being absent in a classroom. To illustrate, they can read lectures that are always available on the Canvas. Also, online quizzes are available to students through the semester, and students are able to finish those quizzes at their own pace. These benefits make hybrid classes very convenient.
Secondly, hybrid classes allow students to perform better on their exams. For example, students are able to re-watch the recorded lecture and repeat the exercises as much as they need. According to one study, students from hybrid classes provided better results than traditional classes on their tests (Lytle). In another study, researchers gave the same course to two separate groups of traditional class and hybrid class students. The researcher asked both group of students to complete a test after the course. Eventually, the researcher found that students from the hybrid class had better grades (Lytle).
Opponents of this idea might say that traditional classes make students engage with the instructor and lecture. However, in face-to-face classes, professors cannot afford enough time for each individual (“Exploring”). Therefore, students who need additional time for learning some subjects, such as math or science, can be left behind. Moreover, some students may feel embarrassed to ask questions or talk in the classroom. In fact, they are more comfortable in hybrid classes. They are able to read other students comments on the course or chat with the group without hesitation (“Exploring”).
The evidence presented in this essay proves that a hybrid class is a great choice for many students. Hybrid classes are very flexible and convenient for busy students. Doing more online practices and re-watching the lectures make students more prepared for actual tests. Also, instructors are able to track each student’s progress. If a traditional class cannot work around an established schedule, then hybrid classes are perfect choices. In fact, schools and universities must establish more hybrid courses in their programs.
Akaanuli, Anuli. “50 Striking Statistic about Distance Learning in Higher Education.” Edtechmagazine.com. 12 July 2012. 23 Apr. 2017.
“Exploring the Pros and Cons of Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-face Class Formats” www.Washington.edu. January 2013: 2. PDF file.
Lytle, Ryan. “Online Learning Outcomes Similar to classroom Results.” Usnews.com. 25 July. 2012.