Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Report: 6 Blended Learning Models Emerge

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Report: 6 Blended Learning Models Emerge

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* EVEN AS IT "disruptively" transforms American education, blended learning is itself being slowly reshaped into new and distinctive forms.

A recent report identified six emerging models for blended learning in K-12, ranging from guided online instruction in the classroom to "self-blended" models where students take courses a la carte. The report, "The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models," detailed blended learning programs that illustrate emerging trends in hybrid online and classroom-based instruction. It was authored by the Innosight Institute, a research firm focused on education and healthcare, and co-produced with the Charter School Growth Fund, a group that invests in charter school management organizations.

Despite the unique nature of each individual program studied, the researchers identified six "distinct clusters" of blended learning models that shared some common characteristics, all of which appear to be gaining adherents. The group defined blended learning as "any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace."

The six models identified in the report are:

1. The "face-to-face driver" model, in which a teacher in a traditional classroom setting employs online learning for remediation or supplemental instruction. …

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