Hybrid Learning: The Path Forward
June 6, 2023 · Insights
By Amy Bell, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ and Madeline Gibbs, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP
Hybrid education rose in popularity during the pandemic and likely will continue in the future.
Hybrid education, an outgrowth of the recent pandemic, holds promise for the future as schools combine traditional learning and new technology. One of the foremost challenges, however, is bringing the best resources to students while still being conscious of the budget.
“As districts build educational environments, they are limited by the upfront costs,” according to Cassie Beckwith, project manager with Goodwyn Mills Cawood. When the pandemic forced districts to adopt this model, they often turned to outside experts.
“For the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, educational leaders asked a design team to research existing cutting-edge hybrid models because they believed this was the trend of the future, and they wanted a trusted advisor who would join them on the leading edge,” Beckwith says.
One of the positive aspects of COVID has been the rapid expansion of virtual opportunities for collaboration at school and at work. This has opened the door to global cultural and professional enrichment opportunities.