What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a "brick-and-mortar" school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.
Blended Models 101*
Face-to-Face Driver: The teacher decides when to implement online learning on a case-by-case basis, to help supplement the curriculum.
Rotation: In this model, students move on a fixed schedule between online learning (which is most often self-paced) and traditional teacher instruction in a classroom.
Flex: In this model, the online platform dominates student instruction. On-site teachers provide support as needed through tutoring or small-group sessions.
Online Lab: Courses are taught entirely online. Labs rely heavily on software modules, but online teachers are also available.
Self-Blend: Most often seen in high schools across the country, the self-blend model lets students take online courses to enhance traditional classroom learning.
Online Driver: This program is designed so that an online platform delivers the entire curriculum. Check-ins with a teacher are often optional, though occasionally they are mandatory.
*Source: The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models