For Educators, By Educators is a popular webinar series run by Kimble Talley. The December 1, 2015 session featured the White Paper, Blended Learning, by Elizabeth Brooke, Ph.D. As more school districts move towards this model, it is important to know the advantages and challenges such an approach presents. Dr. Brooke’s examines critical factors educators need to keep in mind if they are pursuing a blended learning approach.
From the Paper
Blended learning is an instructional methodology that leverages technology to provide a more personalized approach to learning, giving students control over the time, place, path and pace of their learning.
The four most common blended learning models in schools today are:
- Rotation Model
- Flex Model
- A La Carte Model
- Enriched Virtual Model
Regardless of the model chosen, there are a few key factors to keep in mind:
- Select the appropriate tool—The technology chosen must allow for personalized instruction to meet students’ needs.
- Analytics—Technology used for blended learning must provide a way to track student progress.
- Next steps—Tools should provide teachers recommendations as the student progresses.
- Access to resources—A blended learning program should provide teachers with resources that connect student analytics to instructional strategies.
If you would like to learn more about blended learning, visit the Clayton Christensen Institute website.