Dr Emily (Vice Chancellor, University of Unity University): James, you have no idea how tough it’s been since the fuel subsidy removal. Our institution’s expenses have skyrocketed, especially with transportation costs for students and faculty. It’s becoming unsustainable.
Prof. James (Vice-chancellor, University of Progress University): Emily, I can empathise. It hit us hard initially, too. But let me tell you about something that has not only helped us manage but has transformed our entire educational landscape.
Prof. James: We embraced a new way of teaching and learning called ‘hybrid learning’. It’s been nothing short of a game-changer for us.
Dr. Emily: Hybrid learning? Tell me more.
Prof. James: Well, with hybrid learning, our institution transitioned seamlessly into a world where lectures, discussions, and assessments happen online. It’s not just about cost savings; it’s about redefining education itself.
Prof. James: Emily, it brought us a myriad of advantages. First and foremost, flexibility Lecturers and students can teach and learn from anywhere. We have eliminated the need for daily commutes, reducing transportation costs for everyone involved.
Dr. Emily: That’s impressive, but how does it work?
Prof. James: We have live lectures, virtual discussion boards, forums, wikis to host and manage knowledge, and an online grading system within the learning management system. We have tasked our subject matter experts and visiting lecturers to create engaging course content on the platform. They do not have to travel to campus. We have some smart products of our university doing well outside the country; we have given them access to mentor current students and teach some courses—all online. Some of our past students in paid employment are lecturing for free, saving us money meant for salaries.
Dr. Emily: What about the international students?
Prof. James: Emily, that’s the beauty of it. We’re now open to hosting international students, boosting our institution’s global reputation. Hybrid learning transcends geographical boundaries.
Dr. Emily: But how do we ensure quality?
Prof. James: Quality control was our top concern too. To robustly facilitate hybrid learning, we chose Argyle IT & Education because of their strong experience in digital pedagogy. Also, their platform, ARGVLE LMS, offers comprehensive analytics, allowing us to monitor student performance, engagement, and progress. We’ve seen remarkable improvements in our students’ outcomes.
Prof. James: Emily, it’s not just about adapting to challenges; it’s about innovating in the face of adversity.
Dr. Emily: You’ve given me much to think about, James. Thank you!
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