HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

(Updated August 26, 2021)

Our HTS Hybrid Learning Model provides flexibility to our students to engage in their learning both face-to-face and online. In this K-12 model, courses are delivered by the teacher to students who are both online and face-to-face at the same time. Face-to-face classes are streamed through Google Meet and allow students who are working remotely to fully interact with their teacher and classmates. In the event that an activity is taking place in the classroom that cannot be replicated online due to location or materials, your child's teacher will add an assignment to Google Classroom that will ensure the same learning outcomes are met as the in-class activity. In these cases, remote students will be working asynchronously and will hand in their assignment into Google classroom. Classes are recorded for students to access at a later time if they missed the class or want to review the topic as often as they need. The beauty of our hybrid model is that learning is never interrupted or missed because students always have access to their academic program.

It’s important to note that the goal of our HTS Hybrid Learning Model is to make both the online and face-to-face experiences equally accessible and exceptional. In-person learning is optimal for a vast majority of students as it provides access to much-needed socialization and a wide range of programs. It is important to recognize that there are some students who thrive in an online environment. We must recognize that both approaches to learning provide opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our learners. Participation in class is mandatory, regardless of where and how students attend. HTS has invested significant time, resources, and professional learning to support our faculty in designing and delivering a custom HTS Hybrid Learning Model. We will continue to be dedicated to providing an innovative and exceptional academic experience for every student. Our staff are dedicated professionals committed to their professional learning, always refining and improving their practice with the utmost care for every learner.

Updated Classroom Hardware and Internet Capacity
We have made significant investments to increase our bandwidth throughout campus so that students and teachers have uninterrupted access throughout their school day. This ensures that we are fully connected and able to engage in learning. 
Why move to a hybrid model for learning at HTS?
  • Learning in a hybrid model breaks down barriers between people, space and time. This provides great agility and flexibility for our learners.
  • This framework will allow us to quickly transition from a face-to-face to online format if needed with minimal disruption to student learning. 
  • Learning is recorded, thereby outliving the moment of instruction and supporting our students well beyond a fixed time and space. 
  • Hybrid models of instruction provide great connectivity between the learners and their teachers, when instruction is carefully designed to bring people together.
  • A hybrid model provides a great framework to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations. Teachers can co-teach with one another, and support students as they work on projects and collaborate on resources and materials to meet our students’ needs.
  • This model allows students and teachers to engage with experts around the world more seamlessly, bringing authenticity to the learning process for our students.
  • Our robust technology infrastructure allows for this transition in ways we would not have been able to do in the past. We will continue to provide further professional learning to enrich the understanding of our faculty to lead learning in this manner. 
  • We can run incredibly innovative co-curricular activities and experiences that engage learners across time and space.
  • Learning is no longer interrupted (eg. snow days). This model allows us all greater continuity and ensures fewer disruptions.
  • We leverage a robust online learning space to provide our students with differentiated resources, instructions and mediums to support the diverse needs and interests of our learners. 
  • The calibre of our programs must be consistent, highly accessible, and of the highest quality, whether students and/or teachers are on campus or not.

HYBRID LEARNING MODEL BENEFITS

A hybrid learning model provides complete flexibility for every learner. It is designed to reduce families’ stress, as they make the decision for their children to participate in their learning — either in-person or online. Our hybrid model means that students and families always have a choice of when they want their child to learn face-to-face or online.

In times where there are personal reasons why students and families may not feel comfortable in a face-to-face environment, connecting online with their teacher and peers must be accessible. Classes are available as a live (synchronous) function to all students. Therefore, families’ decisions for their children to stay home and learn is made easy as learning is not interrupted. 

In the event that a student or staff member cannot come into the building (ex. allergies, a cold, or having any symptom listed on the daily screening), they will still be able to participate in the learning program through Google Meet at home. 

If schools are ordered to close, we will be able to transition seamlessly to virtual learning because of our hybrid model. Students and staff will be prepared and will continue with the learning as they always have.

HYBRID MODEL KEY FACTOR

In Kindergarten to Grade 12, if a student is away, they are able to access a Google Meet at home with their login credentials. Classes are live-streamed (synchronous), so that students can be connected to their teachers and peers from home. Access to the online environment is for our students only. 

Any class that is streamed will also be recorded and made available ONLY to our students in their Google Classroom and Google Calendar (login required).

MANDATORY HYBRID LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

HTS is committed to maintaining student privacy and acceptable conduct during online and recorded class time. To support these aims, we would like to draw the following principles and policies to your attention:

Privacy
  • HTS uses Google Meet and records each lesson, including the recording of children’s voices and images for internal and educational uses only. Recorded classes are accessible only to students within the school Google group.
  • HTS complies with its Privacy Policy and Procedure to protect student privacy regarding the HTS Hybrid Learning Model.
  • Students and teachers must be mindful of discussing individual or personal matters during recorded class time. Teachers must not discuss individual student issues on recording in front of the rest of the class, and must instead discuss individual matters privately, either in person or in a virtual breakout room.
Account Integrity
  • Students and parents are responsible for the integrity of their accounts. Sharing account information or logging in on behalf of someone else is not permitted.
  • In order to promote student independence and a constructive and safe classroom environment, parents are not permitted to log in to their child’s account or watch over their child’s shoulder during live class time.
Students are expected to:
  • Not record or take a picture of anyone on video conferencing without the written consent of that person or persons
  • Be transparent and authentic. Students must not create a false identity or impersonate any person or organization for any reason, or encourage others to do so;
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information regarding other members of the School community
Acceptable Conduct: STUDENTS
  • Arrive on time and be prepared for all scheduled meetings and classes;
  • Ensure that you are adhering to the HTS Dress Code both in our face-to-face and online environments
  • Communicate with your teacher and peers with respect and integrity Be active and engaged in the HTS Hybrid Learning Model;
  • Follow their teachers’ guidelines for the use of video conferencing;
  • Consider whether any posting may reflect poorly on them, their friends or the School;
  • Not post, publish or display any defamatory, abusive, obscene, threatening, intimidating, racially offensive, homophobic, sexist material or otherwise discriminatory. 
Acceptable Conduct: TEACHERS
  • Be aware of content ownership, student information and privacy settings;
  • Let students and parents know that video sessions are recorded;
  • Be aware that chat features are not private and should not be used for side conversations;
  • Communicate progress with students and parents regularly
  • Keep notes as they normally would. 
For more information on privacy and acceptable conduct for the 2021-2022 school year, please see the Information Technology, Virtual Learning Responsible Use, and Privacy Policy and Procedure in the HTS Parent and Student Handbook.