Four must-read blended learning models

Blended learning programs offer much customization

blended-learningBlended learning–a combination of face-to-face and online learning–is piloted in schools and districts across the nation. Advocates note that students are able to learn at a more individualized pace, and they also can access courses that might not be offered at their own brick-and-mortar school.

In his book Disrupting Class, author Clayton Christensen notes that by 2019, half of all high school courses will be delivered online.

And while educators agree on its basic definition, blended learning looks quite different in every classroom, although using technology as a tool to support teachers remains key in all blended learning’s forms.

Continued research on blended learning has led to four primary models that are evident in K-12 schools today, as outlined in “Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?,” a May 2013 Clayton Christensen Institute report authored by Clayton Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Heather Staker.

(Next page: Four different blended learning models; Plus, take our poll on blended learning)

Laura Ascione

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