Teachers engagement and strategies for hybrid schooling

Eduix, in collaboration with the Learners Corner Education Tech Hub organised a webinar about “Teachers Engagement and Strategies for Hybrid Schooling”. The webinar was designed to address teachers’ needs to enhace their own motivation in teaching in our current era of hybrid learning. The content aimed to support educators with strategies to thrive in the hybrid schooling environment.

You can find the Webinar recording here !

Better teacher engagement with the Flipped Classroom approach

I was the first presenter and I shared the pedagogical principles of the Flipped Classroom methodology, which is based on cognitive learning sciences (Barbara Oakley and Michelle Miller) and pedagogical research (Bloom’s taxonomy). By implementing Flipped Classroom, teachers have reported to improve their professional engagement because:

  1. They feel more confident in using research- and evidence-based pedagogical practices
  2. They have more motivation in teaching, both intrisic/autonomous (more creativity in teaching and boost in professional development) and extrinsic/controlled (hybrid learning trends worldwide because of the covid-19 pandemic)
  3. They testify students learning more effectively, which is one of the most important and satisfying rewards for teachers. Besides improved academic performance, students increase their self-regulated skills and motivation for learning, strengthening even more the rewarding effect for teachers.
  4. The interactions with their students change qualitatively, from a transmissive knowledge paradigm to a collective knowledge building one.
  5. The opportunity to review old and innefective teaching practices and update with student-centered and research-based new pedagogical practices is also a motivation boos for their teaching career prospectives.

Using STEAM and edtech solutions to promote socio-emotional skills and improve human interactions

Sally Kimangu presented next and she focused on how hybrid settings can implement a diverse set of strategies to promote socio-emotional skills, such as turning on the camera to engage more profoundly with the students, applying hands-on learning activities to always seek for active participation, and supporting students’ autonomy to choose what and how to learn, considering their needs and giving them the needed support.

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Challenges with using technology in poor countries

After the presentations, there was a brief discussion section in which we analysed how hybrid teaching can be implemented in poor regions, where children, their families and schools don’t have proper access to hardware and software, electricity and mobile phones.

First, it was clarified that hybrid teaching and learning not necessarily means the use of technology, but the arrangement and design of education experiences in which students are learning with and without the presence of a teacher and peers. The emphasis was given, then, to the relevance of using the pedaoggical principles behind Flipped Classroom, STEAM education and hybrid teaching, which can be implemented in any kind of education setting.

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