Hybrid Learning Is Here to Stay: Kaltura Survey


Hybrid in-class environments will be a persistent pattern in the post-COVID era, which means the education sector needs to rethink investments in remote learning technologies to drive greater student engagement and help educators sharpen video know-how, Kaltura survey finds.

A lot of changes have been afoot in remote learning environments, with students embracing virtual schools worldwide. In fact, synchronous video distance learning is now more a rule than an exception in remote environments and video has emerged as the ‘most critical technology’ that could outlast the pandemic, Dr. Michal Tsur, co-founder and President at Kaltura, puts it.

These are the findings from Kaltura’s seventh annual survey, The State of Video in Education 2020Opens a new window . It found that only a handful (5%) of the 500 global educators polled would want to return to the pre-COVID-19 classrooms. Another eye-catching statistic is that 68% of respondents want a mix of in-person and virtual learning —  better known as hybrid in-class environments while 27% would like to rethink education entirely.

Dr. Michal TsurOpens a new window , co-Founder and President at Kaltura, said, “Video is now one of the most critical educational technologies, and without it, learning during COVID-19 would not have been possible.”

Tsur strongly believes video has become the venue for social interaction and learning. “COVID has allowed new education practices to evolve, which will last beyond the pandemic and enrich instructional pedagogy, achieve greater student engagement, results, and satisfaction,” he added.

Given that we’re unlikely to see a major rush back to schools and campuses, the video will continue to bolster student engagement and reshape teaching experiences in 2021 and beyond.  Around 73% of respondents see video as bolstering student achievements, while 84% reported increased satisfaction with learning experiences.

Here’s how video is delivering a positive impact on education:

Usage of Video in Education

Source: Kaltura

However, there’s still a long way to go —  only 45% of respondents have the training and resources to use video communications tools versus 42% of respondents. And 46% admit they have limited access to cameras for recording videos.

Though the video has been mission-critical for driving flexible learning experiences, it wasn’t really intended as a long-term solution. But with hybrid and hyflex models starting to emerge, the education sector needs to consider new solutions to succeed in the new normal.

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