With COVID-19 vaccines successfully rolling out to larger percentages of the population, a majority of colleges and universities will be bringing their students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall. This naturally begs the question: what will they be returning to?
Though education has obviously looked very different in the past year, it is important to understand that the pandemic did not initiate the transition to this next phase of education. That means even when the pandemic recedes, universities have already made permanent changes.
Hybrid learning offers helpful flexibility
Though exclusive on-site schooling would represent a return to a long-lost sense of normalcy, hybrid, or blended, styles of learning have transformed higher ed. In a post-pandemic world, administrators will not be as concerned about class sizes for public health purposes, but that does not automatically mean a crowded classroom is the ideal learning environment. In certain cases, splitting up an overfull class into on-site students and remote learners could deliver a better experience for both groups, which could then alternate sites next class.