Discover Your Way to Success

Chapter 10

Implementing a Blended-Learning Program

Three conditions need to be satisfied -

1. All details for success must be understood by those people implementing the program

2. The plan must make sense to everyone involved for consistency and appropriate actions to take place

3. The people the program affects including the community and parents must be predictable and stable as the plan unfolds.

Discovery-Driven Planning

Schools implementing blended-learning environments need to be able to test their hypotheses and continue to make changes and update their plans as they gain more experience.

"Successful schools are able to re-assess their environments and adjust them as needed.

Being flexible by updating your assumptions inherent in the model is key."(page 267- 2nd para.)

Discovery Driven Planning Process

1. List desired outcomes.

2. Determine what assumptions must prove true for outcomes to be realized.

3. Implement a plan to learn to test whether the critical assumptions are reasonable.

4. Implement the strategy when key assumptions prove true.

Use this when you are implementing something that is unfamiliar and unpredictable

Starting with Outcomes

Have a "smart" goal that can be measured and everybody knows and understands.

What are you trying to accomplish?

Create an Assumptions Checklist

List any and all possible assumptions including: time and school schedules, space, staffing, students that can handle self-pacing, teachers know how to create good online courses, a mentor who can keep students on track, a person to take on the role of technology and professional development support staffer, teachers could teach both face-to-face and online at the same time, teachers would not have to spend too much extra time preparing for online classes because they would use the same information they use in their face-to-face courses, etc...

Analyze your Assumptions

What happens if you are wrong about an assumption?

How confident are you that each assumption is correct? (Are you willing to give up one year's salary if you are wrong? ;)

Now rank your assumptions; 1 signals no confidence, 3 signals real confidence

After your assumptions are ranked, place them in the graph on page 274 and you now have the assumptions checklist!