Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Many in the field pose the question, does blended learning work?

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Veteran teachers and school leaders have seen wave after wave of pedagogical, curricular, and policy fads wash over the education landscape with little lasting effect. Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern?

The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

By definition , online learning is part of any blended learning classroom. It is the key innovation for enabling student-centered learning at scale. Given this fact, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of technology—devices and software—as blended learnings’ core, defining feature. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. Technology with learning needs students – 0.57.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

As we’ve written before , one affordable and flexible solution stands out: online and blended learning hold the potential to unlock new solutions to the nation’s teacher capacity challenges. How online learning can solve teacher shortage problems.

5 Tips for incorporating blended learning into your classroom

Neo LMS

The introduction of technology is a march towards a more integrated, interactive and motivated learning space. 5 Tips for incorporating blended learning into your classroom. Perhaps those that are shy or too “cool” would find their voice in an online forum.

Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Blended learning can be an engine that accelerates data-driven instruction to new heights.

10 districts that have seen big blended learning success

eSchool News

Edgenuity highlights schools, districts implementing blended learning. As schools and districts try to better meet the needs of students with different learning styles, blended learning programs are becoming increasingly popular. Blended Learning News Top News

Taking the correct temperature of blended learning

The Hechinger Report

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) released a report last week warning that online and blended learning schools are struggling. The reality is that blended learning is flourishing.

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 1: Planning)

Gaggle Speaks

The combination of traditional face-to-face learning with online learning is having a positive impact on students. But blended learning isn’t as simple as tossing in some online coursework. Determine the right mix of online and face-to-face.

9 case studies reveal secrets of successful blended, online learning programs

eSchool News

Successful online and blended learning programs in a recent survey are those that prioritized better teacher-student relationships, used an online curriculum as a primary instructional source, and used a combination of in-person and virtual instructional support.

Tips for Successful Blended Learning (Phase 1: Planning)

Gaggle Speaks

The combination of traditional face-to-face learning with online learning is having a positive impact on students. But blended learning isn’t as simple as tossing in some online coursework. Determine the right mix of online and face-to-face.

A new “MicroMasters” online learning program offered by major universities

The Hechinger Report

A new kind of credential has entered the crowded market for online learning. EdX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides online courses, announced last week the creation of 19 “ MicroMasters ” courses, a new type of online educational program.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

The Christensen Institute

A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. In her paper, Dwinal makes three policy points from the research.

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6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

The Hechinger Report

Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report , released last week, by Gary Miron, a professor at Western Michigan University, and Charisse Gulosino, an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.

Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

When it comes to using technology to improve students’ learning opportunities, Texas is a pioneer. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). To give credit where it’s due, Texas is one of only seven states that provide students with access to online learning options through a statewide Course Access program.

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Can technology solve the achievement gap?

The Christensen Institute

At the Summit, Hedy Chang, the director of Attendance Works , a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance, gave a compelling keynote on how school absences and truancy widen the achievement gap. In the traditional educational model, school attendance is critical because students don’t learn important academic content unless they are actually in class when the teacher covers the content. One of the biggest challenges the U.S.

Utah and Florida sign bills to support competency-based learning pilots, but now the real work begins

The Christensen Institute

Now that the policies are in place, the real work begins. Treat competency-based learning as a whole-system—rather than one-off—reform. As such, effective state policies should offer coherent visions of the models that schools might adopt, new accountability structures to match those models, and a commitment to providing the tools to schools to pursue various models, all of which might qualify as competency-based.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Online Learning (And 7 Ways to Repent)

Edsurge

But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. Yet like any confessional, Brown also offered ways to repent from what he called “the seven deadly sins of online learning.” There are too many generalizations—online and blended learning isn't a single entity.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. Holmes County Central High School is one of eight rural schools participating in a new, blended learning AP Physics program.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—particularly the Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, and Flipped Classroom models—can be one sustaining innovation that we can layer on our existing classrooms to pave the way to higher outcomes, both by allowing us to differentiate instruction with far greater precision and by dolling out content and assessments that match each students’ needs and strengths. The booming online-learning market alone, however, will not accomplish this vision.

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”.

Despite Poor Performance, Virtual School Enrollment Continues to Grow

Edsurge

The number of K-12 students enrolling in full-time virtual and blended learning schools continues to grow, despite research suggesting that students in these programs do not perform as well as their peers in traditional settings.

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Charter schools innovate to tackle teacher preparation

The Christensen Institute

These challenges are only likely to grow in the years ahead as the teaching practice changes monumentally with the rise of blended learning. Navigating state policy and accreditation requirements is no simple matter. As blended learning grows and teachers’ roles shift, more schools may have to follow the lead of these CMOs to varying degrees in the immediate future.

How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

The Christensen Institute

As online, competency-based learning gains steam in higher education, a critical question is emerging. Whenever a disruptive innovation emerges—and online, competency-based learning deployed in the right business model is a disruptive innovation—it doesn’t look as good as existing services according to the old metrics of performance. For online, competency-based programs, the old metrics are those focused on inputs.

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

It’s a stunning effort and document that Convergence , a non-profit, non-partisan center for policy resolution, helped broker. Not only are we tired of the same recurring debates about what is wrong with today’s education system and who is to blame for its inadequacies, but we also realize that no amount of tweaking or modifying the current, industrial-era system will fulfill our vision of all children learning and thriving to their full potential.”.

E-learning Engagement: Persuasive Design Strategies

The CoolCatTeacher

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms.

Disruption looms for law schools

The Christensen Institute

Policy and licensure changes are creating new openings for people with legal training to practice law even if they do not have a Juris Doctor (JD) law degree and are not ABA-sanctioned lawyers. Education Blog Blended learning competency-based education competency-based learning digital learning disruption disruptive innovation higher education law school law schools legal education online learningThe news that law schools are in crisis is not new.

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. But the disruptive story of online learning is far from complete.

Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yes, it enriches learning but at the price of too many problems, preparation required, and confusion. I l ike Felicia Zorn’s summary of how that go-nogo decision really has become ‘get with the program’ Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom.

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

MindShift

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. Earlier this year, Illinois launched a self-directed online AP pilot program for 75 students at 10 rural high schools. LEXINGTON, Miss.

Finding Content for Reteaching, Blending, and Flipping

EdTechSandyK

Online content means you can learn anywhere, with anyone! Any educator knows that deep learning of content really happens when you have to break it apart and teach it to others. Second, don''t forget there are a lot of learning resources and tutorials already out there.

ThingLink for Video Adds Interactivity

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One of the options for the assignment was to make an introductory video for an online course. Please see specifics on my re-use policy in the right-hand column of my blog before re-posting/re-using any of my blog content. blended learning Coursera MOOC multimedia online learning ThingLink video virtual learning I''m taking a MOOC through Coursera and UC Irvine called Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom.

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. To get there, oftentimes reformers, philanthropists, and policy analysts talk about nurturing the “ecosystem” for reform in which key players come together to drive change.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

The first line of defense in protecting student privacy are our teachers, and we’re not making sure that they have the tools to keep that data safe,” said Amelia Vance, policy counsel for the nonprofit Future of Privacy Forum. And plenty of free privacy resources can be found online.

Creating a sea change to improve teacher impact

The Christensen Institute

Tomorrow the Clayton Christensen Institute is releasing a white paper titled, “Solving the Nation’s Teacher Shortage: How online learning can fix the broken teacher labor market.” Dwinal then explains how online learning is addressing these issues by making the teacher labor force more flexible such that more skilled and certified individuals are available to address the nations teaching needs.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

Marketplace K-12

Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. Ramping Up Online Programs. But Pearson’s work in schools and education programs also extends to curriculum, language acquisition, online education, virtual schools and many other areas.

In search of on-ramps to competency-based learning

The Christensen Institute

As a result, we would predict that time-based metrics and incentives could cannibalize many efforts to reinvent learning in a competency-based manner. As a result, these competencies will end up as an iteration or improvement on standards, rather than as a new approach to teaching and learning. A recent American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) publication looked at the overlap of afterschool programs and competency-based learning models. Supplemental online courses.