Many educators turn to online and blended learning solutions to offer alternative solutions for at-risk students

The most important attribute of a successful online or blended learning program is a “rigorous and engaging curriculum,” according to participants in a recent study.

The fourth annual Fuel Education (FuelEd) Benchmark Study, conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight, also sheds light on why districts are turning to online and blended learning programs, their implementation best practices, and how they measure quality of an online program.

Those surveyed also said successful online and blended programs need the following:

  • presence of student progress tracking and reporting tools
  • measurement of student progress with initial and ongoing assessments
  • instructors who are well-trained in delivering online courses

According to statistics from the study, blended learning appears to be nearly twice as popular as fully online learning models. Of the 81 school leaders surveyed, 63 percent report using a blended learning model, while 37 percent are using fully online learning models.

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