Embracing Innovation in Higher Education: Stellenbosch University’s Journey with Hybrid Learning

In 2019, Stellenbosch University (SU) embarked on a journey to revolutionise academic delivery through the expansion of its hybrid learning (HL) mode of delivery. This innovative approach combines sustained periods of fully online learning with fewer/shorter, yet highly engaging and interactive periods (‘calendar blocks’) of on-campus (face-to-face) contact sessions, offering flexibility while catering to the unique needs of South African and African learners.

About Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning is a new unit, formed from a cross-cutting team of specialists, at Stellenbosch University and is situated within the Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement.

Its purpose is to pilot a range of hybrid learning offerings and to respond to the global trend of providing combined online and face-to-face flexible and credit bearing learning opportunities for a diverse range of students, from first time students to mid or advanced career working professionals.

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The customised hybrid learning workshops, lectures and webinars that our academic team present, will enrich your academic learning, grow your confidence and support you to build a network of peers.

Deresh Ramjugernath
Vice-Rector: Learning & Teaching

Offerings 2023 – 2024




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NEW hybrid learning courses in development


of SU courses are hybrid in 2021

In a recent LinkedIn study in the USA:

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of adult learners surveyed indicated they are actively considering study programmes


of adult learners surveyed indicated that flexible scheduling is a major consideration


of adult learners surveyed showed an increase in interest for hybrid courses since 2020

[Simpson and Scarborough & LinkedIn/ Prospective Adult Students Market Research Study-USA 2021]

Note: In an African and South African context these statistics may differ, but there is little doubt that the need for more flexible education models for adult and lifelong learners will grow on  our continent.  

Watch this space for upcoming market research results on the learning behaviour and preferences of SU’s hybrid learning students.