The Busy Teacher’s Quick Guide To Blended Learning

Blended learning is a combination of some face-to-face teaching and some online teaching. It is a great way for teachers to bring online components into the forefront, rather than just using digital materials as supplemental (often at home) course materials. Blended learning has a huge advantage – it doesn’t prescribe that particular activities must be online or in person. There isn’t a particular percentage of teaching and learning that has to happen in the classroom or not. You can tailor it to your needs, and do some experimentation. It is so flexible, and can be something different for each teacher, each class, or each student. One class may lean heavily on the online component and another may not, depending on the availability and appropriateness of materials available.

The handy infographic below takes a look at the details on blended learning. What is it? Why do teachers like it? How does it work? Keep reading to learn more!

Learning About Blended Learning

  • Blended learning refers to any time that a student is learning in a mixed environment of brick-and-mortar, supervised learning, and learning via online delivery methods.
  • It is estimated that by 2019, 50% of all high school classes will be delivered online.
  • Tight budgets, teacher shortages, and a greater demand for results are some of the biggest factors accelerating the growth of blended learning.
  • By the end of 2014, 50% of all post-secondary students will be taking at least one class online.
  • Because blended learning is so customizable, it really pushes personalized learning and moves education away from the one size fits all model.

Blended learning models can be mostly online, mostly in person, half and half, or some combination thereof. There are six distinct models:

  • Face-to-Face Driver
  • Rotation
  • Flex
  • Online Lab
  • Self-Blend
  • Online Driver

More technology solutions are needed to support blended learning models. These include:

  • Integrated systems
  • High quality, dynamic content
  • Analytics
  • Automation
  • Applications that enhance student motivation