What is hybrid learning? It is a model of learning used by some school boards in Ontario during the pandemic where students are participating in a class simultaneously in one of two ways – some are the physical classroom in person, while other students are participating in the class remotely from home through a webcam in the classroom. This divides the attention of educators between those students in the classroom and those students that appear on a computer screen.
While some students have managed the challenges of the pandemic well, many have had a harder time. Despite the best efforts of Ontario’s educators to ensure our students have had access to the academic, emotional, and mental health supports they need, hybrid learning has created a fractured learning environment, forcing educators to split their time and attention between in-person and remote students while limiting access the one-on-one supports our students need to succeed. This model hurts the students trying to learn from home and the students trying to learn in person.