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How do students cope with self-paced blended learning?

The learning rates in a vanguard self-paced blended learning course have increased dramatically, and we think we know why

self-paced-blended-learningA new school year. Students new to middle school from primary school. A new subject with a new pedagogy. How do students cope? Surprisingly well. The learning rates in a vanguard self-paced blended learning course have increased dramatically.

Material that took eight to ten lessons when taught in a traditional fashion is now being completed successfully by some students in three to four lessons. The number of students completing the learning at this accelerated pace has also been increasing in recent years as the course and the teachers “mature.”

The increase was first noticed in 2012 when an individual or two in each class studying the topic worked at a significantly accelerated pace. This was the first time in an updated, efficient online learning environment (OLE) was used. Before this a less intuitive and less effective learning management system (LMS) was used. The number of students completing the learning at an “accelerated” pace increased again in 2013; from one or two students to a handful of students in each class.

The teachers facilitating the course also became more comfortable and experienced with the self-paced blended learning model during these years. 2014 has seen the number of students working at an “accelerated pace” increase again.

(Next page: Self-paced blended learning results)

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