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What’s the difference between online classes and a hybrid program?

By Remington College Posted March 18, 2021

Do you learn better on your own or do you prefer meeting face-to-face with instructors and classmates? Do you need convenience in your schedule or do you prefer structure? These are valid questions to ask when you’re looking for the perfect way to fit secondary education into your life.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for students to choose from when it comes to earning a trade school degree. In fact, due to adjustments with COVID-19, there might be even more ways for students to pursue education now. But with so many options and buzzwords out there, exactly what a format entails might be a little confusing. A great example? The difference between online classes and a hybrid course.

At Remington College, we have a variety of both hybrid courses and online vocational classes  and can help you find the right option for your education.

What is an online class?

Online classes are courses delivered entirely through a digital method. Since they’re delivered virtually, online courses can often be taken anywhere you have a strong internet connection and a quiet place to work. For some online courses, students might log into a platform and work through assignments from an instructor. Others may require students to attend a livestream lecture or join an online conference call at a set meeting time.

A 2020 survey of online students by Wiley Education Services and Aslanian Market Research found that 78 percent of online students feel their online experience was the same or better than their face-to-face classroom experiences. Additionally, 79 percent of students who had completed an online degree agree or strongly agree that it was worth the investment.

What are hybrid courses?

Hybrid programs combine online education and traditional face-to-face learning. Similar to online courses, there are many ways formats a hybrid course can take. Generally, however, they include periods where students work online, blended with set times for students to meet in person. In-person meetings might be weekly, periodically for hands-on lab components, or just a few times at the beginning and end of the semester.

According to the ICEF monitor,  87 percent of institutions planned to offer hybrid courses in fall of 2020 due to COVID.

What’s the big difference?

Online courses might be a better fit for students who need more flexibility within their education to balance things such as work and family obligations. Hybrid programs might work better for students who still require flexibility but value in-person learning opportunities. Whether you’re leaning toward a completely online experience or a hybrid program, Remington College has plenty of non-traditional learning programs.