Hybrid learning mode pilot continues in 2022

Hybrid Learning Mode Pilot

What is Hybrid Learning?

Hybrid Learning combines both online and face-to-face learning and teaching activities in one class. It gives students greater flexibility around attending face to face or online sessions and aims to provide equitable learning outcomes despite attendance mode.

Students can choose if they attend class in-person or online, and engage in the same activities, class discussion and Q&A sessions regardless of their location.

What is The Hybrid Learning Mode Pilot?

The Hybrid Learning Mode Pilot (The Pilot) was initiated in Term 2, 2021 by the Learning & Digital Environments team (Pro Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience Portfolio) to establish good practice and guidelines in enabling Hybrid Learning across our centrally managed teaching spaces (Centrally Allocated Teaching Spaces).

The purpose of The Pilot was to trial the choice of flexible learning options for Students and academics by bringing together the physical and virtual classrooms to create a new learning environment.

This includes:

  • Assessing the student and staff experience in a hybrid class
  • Determining the level of staff development and support for a hybrid pedagogy
  • Piloting the technology that can best support Hybrid Learning.

Hybrid Learning enables convenors to engage students synchronously in their face-to-face (F2F) class, together with those online within the same course.

Enabling both cohorts to participate in learning activities and engage in discussion, using a suite of technology enhancements (i.e., Lecture Recordings+ (Echo 360) referred to as LR+, MS Teams, Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra), seeks to improve the student experience in terms of participation and flexibility.

When will The Hybrid Learning Mode Pilot be held?

The Pilot will continue in Term 1, 2022.

Staff wishing to participate will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest which will be reviewed by the Pilot team. Submissions close 5pm, Friday November 5 2021.

Further details about the Expression of Interest for The Pilot can be found on the Hybrid Learning SharePoint site.

For any questions relating to Hybrid Learning, please contact the Learning & Digital Environments team learningenvironments@unsw.edu.au.