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Why Hybrid Teaching Might Be the Future of Online Courses

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The Covid-19 pandemic is changing teaching methods across the globe. As universities continue to move all of their operations online, staff and faculty are working hard to deliver students high-quality teaching remotely and digitally.

Here’s what Francisco Veloso, Dean at Imperial College Business School, had to say about the future of online courses.

“The most important learning that we’ve had to develop in our online offering is the learning design,” Dean Veloso told our CEO Nunzio Quacquarelli.

“If you’re doing things at a distance and with a flexible platform, what is the most productive way to do that?”

Dean Veloso says that Imperial has adapted to e-learning quite differently from other universities.

In fact, while other institutions have opted for synchronous teaching via Zoom or Google Handouts, Imperial’s online learning is delivered through a combination of live classes, games, videos, group discussions, workshops and simulations.

Dean Veloso believes that professors will continue to use this innovative method after the peak of the pandemic, making online learning more “hybrid” rather than simply synchronous.

He said: “One thing that this unfortunate situation has shown was that we can be very flexible and very adaptable. We’re showing around the world with these massive experiments that we can deliver education remotely and we can deliver education digitally.”

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Written by Linda Mohamed

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