Why Blended Learning?
Digital and blended learning can work. Because technology is woven throughout the Common Core State Standards, and there are myriad digital learning resources available, digital learning can be central to meeting the Common Core’s requirements.
Studies show that digital learning can keep school costs down (see U.S. DOE’s 2012 report and The Thomas Fordham Institute study). And, though 26% of school administrators cite significant concerns about evaluating online courses, the robust data generated through digital learning can significantly impact instruction. Notably, the U.S. Department of Education’s 2009 meta-analysis of more than 1,000 studies of online learning over a twelve-year period found that university students in online learning generally performed better than those in face-to-face courses.
There’s a lot to consider to make blended learning work. We define “blended learning” broadly to mean the increased use of digital learning technologies. There are many possible forms of blended learning, including some of these more complex models. Relatedly, schools and school systems need to consider grade levels and subjects served, teachers’ roles, PD, mobile, etc. Complicating matters, there are hundreds of vendors selling thousands of products and services.
The Learning Collective would like to help you make sense of it all and create your customized blended learning plan.
- 10 reasons teachers love blended learning – Tom Vander Ark (clouducation.wordpress.com)
- Our thoughts from Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference 2012 (academicbiz.typepad.com)