A hybrid learning model engages students in-person and remotely, at the same time. It is the necessary next phase moving towards a full return to in-person learning. There are several ways to achieve a hybrid learning model, all of which require careful consideration and planning in order to maximize the time you have in-person with your students. The below steps serve as a guide for how you can leverage the tools available through PLT4M to help you navigate this shift successfully.
Step 1: Program Selection
Explore which programs you’ll be using based on your:
- Space: how much room do you have, and what equipment is accessible?
- Audience: what are the experience levels and goals of your students and athletes?
- Schedule: how many days per week do you meet with your students? How many of those days are in person? How many of those days are remote?
The program map below highlights programs that are appropriate for In-Person use, as well as programs that are appropriate for at-home.
Keep in mind: you may be selecting more than one program in order to take advantage of your in-person days, and accommodate your remote sessions.
Step 2: Map it out!
Grab a whiteboard. Start with your in-person plan, so that you can optimize your time in-person with your students and your access to facilities. Once you’ve mapped out your in-person days, supplement the rest of your sessions with remote friendly workout options available in PLT4M.
Keep in mind: If your students have been grouped into different cohorts (i.e. A Group/B Group), you may want to create different versions of your schedule for each group. Similarly, If you have a group of students that have opted for complete remote learning, they may need their own schedule too!
Example Hybrid Curriculum Map #1:
Mr. Platform’s PE 9 & 10 class is moving into a hybrid model. His classes will be divided into two groups: Group A & Group B. Group A will meet in person on Monday’s and Tuesdays, while Groups B will meet in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be remote day for all students.
In order to maximize the time he has in-person with his students, he’s going to follow FIT101 on the in-person days. While it is mostly a bodyweight program and doesn’t require much equipment (access to a pull up bar is ideal!), it will allow him to assess his students form and technique, and provide real time feedback and coaching while they are in person. For the 3 sessions that will take place remotely each week, Mr. Platform will have the students follow Yoga101: Intro to Yoga, in an asynchronous format, as only a mat or soft surface is required, allowing students to complete this program at home. On the school-wide remote day (Wednesday), Mr. Platform plans to have his students complete a section of the EDU100: Foundations of Fitness Program. This program incorporates video and written content with associated chapter questions, and does not require any physical activity by the students.
On the in person days, Mr. Platform will project the FIT101 lessons in their gymnasium/weight room. He will review each instructional video as a group, further cementing the movement mechanics. Students will then break apart to perform the movements prescribed, before reconvening as a group for the next movement.
On the remote days, students will be expected to log their workouts more diligently in PLT4M, as this will be Mr. Platform’s way of tracking participation and grading students on their remote workouts.
Below is a whiteboard preview of Mr. Platform’s Hybrid plan. Mr. Platform plans to follow option 1; other possible examples appear below that. Group A and B schedules are essentially the same, with the remote/in person days flipped. He will provide this schedule to his students, so they can be certain which workouts they are responsible for completing in PLT4M, and when.
Example Hybrid Curriculum Map #2:
Ms. Platform teaches a weight lifting PE elective. As a result of distance learning, she had to get creative and provide bodyweight workouts while students were at home. She’s excited to get back into the weight room, for the two days a week that students are permitted to be in-person due to their hybrid schedule. Her classes will be divided into two groups: Group A & Group B. Group A will meet in person on Monday’s and Tuesdays, while Groups B will meet in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be remote day for all students.
In order to maximize the time she has in-person with her students, she’ll be following PLT4M’s 2-Day Off Season Weight Training program. On the 3 remaining remote days, she will assign her students a combination of bodyweight workouts (Fitness Anywhere) and a mobility session every Wednesday.
To facilitate this, Ms. Platform will assign her class group all 3 programs: ATH311d 2 Day Off-Season, MOB101: Mastering Mobility, and FIT301c: Fitness Anywhere. The students will record their 2 day off season workouts through PLT4M, even though they are in person, because PLT4M calculates their individual prescribed weights, and tracks their max progress. Students will also be expected to log their mobility and fitness anywhere workouts, as those are the days they are completing workouts on their own.
While Ms. Platform is in the weight room with her in-person students, she will periodically access the Live Feed in PLT4M to confirm the attendance of her remote learners, in real time. Ms. Platform plans to export activity detail at the end of each week in order to give her students credit for their remote workouts.
Below is a whiteboard preview of Ms. Platform’s Hybrid plan. Ms. Platform plans to follow option 1; other possible examples appear below that. Group A and B schedules are essentially the same, with the remote/in person days flipped. She will provide this schedule to her students, so they can be certain which workouts they are responsible for completing in PLT4M on any given day.
Step 3: Set it up in PLT4M
Group Your Students. Begin by creating a group for each class. For example:
“Ms. Platform - 2nd Hour”
“Ms. Platform - 4th Hour”
→ This will allow you to export activity by class, which is helpful for grading purposes.
Optional: create an additional group for each cohort. For example:
“PE 9 - Group A”
“PE 9 - Group B”
→ This will allow you to view activity by group cohort, which is helpful for tracking the students who are working out remotely, in real time.
Assign Your Programs. Use the Group Access method to assign your program choices to your class groups. We suggest assigning all programs to all groups, and then providing students with a separate schedule they can follow, specifying which workouts to do on their remote vs in-person days.
Step 4: Track Participation
Activity tracking features can be useful for both your in-person classes as well as your remote classes. Below are some examples of features that can help you track your students workout progress.
→ When you are teaching in-person, use the live sessions feed to track your students progress within a workout.
→ View and download an Activity Report to give students credit for workouts they completed remotely. Activity reports can be accessed daily, weekly, or even monthly.
Step 5: Run your class with the help of PLT4M
How you structure your class around PLT4M may differ when you are in person versus teaching remotely. We always suggest determining which components of PLT4M are most valuable in each situation. Below is an outline of the features/tools available to you through PLT4M, and how they might serve you when you are in person versus remotely.
For more examples of how to use PLT4M in the classroom, check out:
We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all. That’s why we offer the ability to customize programs as well. Using PLT4M’s workout builder tool, you can access all of PLT4M’s content and workouts to build a program that makes sense for you and your class schedule.
View our OnDemand Webinar: Build Your Own Workouts
Additional Hybrid Resources:
“Hybrid PE: Challenge Accepted! - a webinar hosted by PLT4M partner, Adam Hughes, where he shares his experience in a hybrid learning model.
Best Practices in Remote & Hyrbid Learning - a webinar presented by PLT4M’s Jackie Wogan, where she covers the logistics of a hybrid classroom, and shares tips she’s learned from the PLT4M community of coaches and teachers.
Curriculum Maps for Remote & Hybrid Learning - more examples of ways you can structure your curriculum around a hybrid schedule.