Hybrid is the way forward

A well-crafted solution can reduce the cost of learning substantially and also help to overcome problem of faculty shortage, says Dr Debasis Sanyal

The education ecosystem has been going through major transformation for quite some time. Virtual education platforms have been making good inroads. It’s not only complementing and supplementing classroom teaching, it independently has become an important platform for synchronise and asynchronies learning across wide range of users, from primary to higher education and training. This transformation is primarily due to (a) experimentation in virtual learning space and (b) change in demographic profile.

After 2007-08, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) became popular and many thought MOOCS will replace physical class room learning to a great extent. That did not happen though many of these courses have extremely rich content. The failure of MOOCs courses to maintain connect and excitement with the users over a sustained period have being held as the primary reasons behind the limited success. 

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