Blended Learning

ELPS 951

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a hybrid or combination of online learning and face-to face instruction (Rovai & Jordan, 2004)


"A formal education program in which a student learns: at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience" (Horn & Staker, 2013)

Quick discussion:

Distance education- The evolution

The first generation:

education by correspondence. People who live in remote areas and needed access to formal education did now by using the postal service.

Second generation:

Radio and television were the technologies that facilitated the next stage in distance education during the early part of the twentieth century

Third generation

Open universities were integrating various communication technologies and human resources for off-site students at reasonable costs.

Fourth Generation:

Audio-conferencing. Multimedia is used.

5th Generation

Online learning.

  • Re-energized distance education.
  • In 2007 20% of students were taking at least one online course. (Allen & Seaman, 2007,2011)
  • Enrollments grow at 19.7% annually.
  • 2002: 1.6 million students taking one online course.
  • 2007: 3.94 million student enrolled one online course.
  • Online courses also growing in K-12 environment

How was/is used in K-12 traditional setting?

  • AP courses in rural areas.
  • Providing credit-recovery.
  • Online charter schools (Berliner & Glass, 2014). Provide flexibility in enrollment opportunities.

K-12 Online Learning

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How effective have online schools been?

In Minnesota, not very!

  • Course-completion rates for full-time online students have decreased . Registrations increased from 20,000 to 80,000 (2006-2009). completion rates dropped from84% to 63%.
  • Drop-out rates for full-time online students have increased. From 18% to 25%.
  • Not making progress in grade 4th and 8th garden standardized tests.

The relationships and interaction of the classroom are important components for learning. Enter blended learning

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Another Blended Model is the single districts format. LPS has this format.

LPS sight to increase student engagement . They what to personalize instruction via the blended model.
Lawrence Public Schools: Disrupting the Factory Model with Blended Learning

Longevity and fidelity?

What do you think?