Will hybrid sessions be the new norm?
How to organize a hybrid session
- It helps to experience it for yourself, so offer to join as an online participant at a live meeting or meeting.
- Make sure the online participants are clearly visible. That can be on a big screen or as a 'laptop head'. This way you avoid to forget them.
- An external webcam can ensure that the room is clearly visible to the online participants. This is especially nice with an online speaker, as he / she also sees the reactions of the audience.
- It can be more difficult to break into a discussion online, but this can also apply to the live participants. Therefore, agree how to ask for the word, eg by raising your hand. As a facilitator you may structure the important more by giving turns, so everyone gets their change.
- Work regularly in subgroups, mixing online participants with face-to-face (better with headset). Or create a group of two online participants who may exchange online together.
- The audio was not always optimal for the online participants. A speakerphone might improve that and is something I would like to try next time.
- Divide the care for the online participants. Who is watching who? You can divide the tasks between facilitators or apply a buddy system whereby everybody who is present face-to-face is the buddy of an online person.
- With large groups both face-to-face and online, it is good to have a face-to-face and online facilitator who work together and occasionally work with their own group.
The group dynamics in this blended session
A participant: "Never had such a steep learning curve. And today, I experienced firsthand how hybrid learning works. It went really well: beyond expectations!"
- Tips for organizing a large event with a livestream here
- Experiences Betreat with hybrid workshops here.
- Experience with a Hybrid session in Mongolia with the trainer at a distance by Ben Ziegler here
- And fun: my experiences training at the distance in Cambodia in 2011 using Zipcast and Skype