Blended Learning

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What is Blended Learning?

As defined by the Clayton Christensen Institute, blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: (1) at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; (2) at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; (3) and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

Ways to Incorporate Blended Learning in Teaching and Learning

1. Watch the video below to learn the basics of a blended learning environment.

What is Blended Learning? from The Learning Accelerator on Vimeo.

  • Watch the four videos below to learn about the key features of blended learning. 
  • Review the three blended learning sample schedules to begin thinking about your classroom schedule. 

Coursera has partnered with the New Teacher Center, Silicon Schools, and Clayton Christensen Institute in designing an introductory online course on blended learning titled “Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students.” Here are some introductory videos from the course that will help deepen your understanding of blended learning and what it means for the evolving roles of the teacher and students:

Definition of Blended Learning

Survey of Blended Learning Models

Key Elements of the Student Experience

Protagonist Schools on Ideal Student Learning Environment

A Day in the Life of a Student at a Blended Learning Program
Follow examples of a daily schedule from three different schools
(KIPP LA, Navigator, Summit) that implement different blended learning models.

Additional Resources

“The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models.” Heather Staker. May 2011

Aspire Public Schools Blended Learning 101 Handbook

Blended Learning Research: The Seven Studies You Need to Know

Common Core Integration

Blended Learning and the Common Core(this resource sponsored by Intel Education)


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