When implementing a blended learning model, it is important for schools to be aware of key components and steps to integrate into their plan. In “Five Tips for Getting Blended Learning Right,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Achieve3000, Julia Freeland Fisher, director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute, gave schools the tips they need to successfully implement blended learning.
1. Plan first, technology second: Although it may seem easier to dive right in, schools cannot go technology-first into a blended learning model. Teachers cannot be expected to figure out what to do with technology, but rather should be expected to use the support it provides. Since blended learning is about changing instruction, technology must follow an instructional plan.
2. Create design teams for teachers: It is also important for teachers to be on blended learning design teams. They should be participating in the design process, rethinking blended learning strategies, and solving the problems they are actually facing within the classrooms.
3. Leverage different strengths: Teachers are often expected to be a “jack of all trades,” explained Freeland Fisher, but different people have different strengths as well as motivations. A blended learning model must consider these factors. What motivated teachers to get into the profession in the first place? In addition to designing around the student experience, schools should design around the teacher experience by integrating these factors into their blended learning model.