Blended learning generally refers to infusing the best of traditional schools with the transformative power of technology.
Definition of Blended Learning
Innosight Institute defines blended learning as:
a formal education program in which a student learns, at least in part, through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace
at least in part, at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.
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Blended Learning Models
Innosight Institute classifies blended learning into four models:
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The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning
Innosight Institute’s first blended-learning report published in January 2011, “The rise of K-12 blended learning,” observes that online learning is sweeping across America, and it’s no longer only a distance-learning phenomenon. Most of the growth is in blended-learning environments, which are defined and chronicled in this report. As blended learning grows, it has the potential to transform America’s education system into one that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students.
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Profiles of Emerging Models
Innosight Institute’s second blended-learning report published in May 2011, “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” offers 40 brief case studies of organizations that are beginning to blend online learning with supervised brick-and-mortar settings. We invite school operators and others with an eye on blended-learning programs not profiled in this report to add their own profiles, which will in turn appear in the blended-learning database. You can add your profile by clicking here. Also, those schools and operators profiled in the Innosight Institute report may use this tool to update their profiles.
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Classifying K-12 Blended Learning
Innosight Institute’s most recent blended-learning report published in May 2012, “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” introduces a refined definition of blended learning and distinguishes blended learning from other education practices. It highlights four blended-learning models and sub-models that are appearing across the K-12 field and provides examples of schools and districts that have implemented them. As educators begin to converge on a shared language about the emerging phenomenon of blended learning, they will be better able to advance the pace and quality of the innovation