“Blended Learning Implementation Guide”

Source: Digital Learning Series, Feb 2013

Blended learning has the potential to transform the factory-like structure of our current education system into a new model that is student-centric, highly personalized for each learner, more supportive of teachers, and delivers better results,” said John Bailey, executive director of Digital Learning Now!

By harnessing the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, blended programs can diagnose a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and support differentiate instruction where students can work at a customized level and pace. Teachers are also able to spend less time on routine tasks, like lesson planning and grading daily assignments, and more time working with students either one-on-one or in small groups.

The implementation of a blended learning model is not another district initiative, but rather a systematic, phase change in the way that education is delivered. This process requires rethinking the way classes are scheduled, teachers are supported, and instruction is delivered.

 The paper guides school and district leaders through the process of successfully shifting to a blended learning model with a strategic and comprehensive plan. The newest addition to the Smart Series addresses everything from changes in roles and structures to staffing patterns, budgets and policy matters. The guide is also helpful to those wanting to gain an understanding of the transition that schools will go through in the years ahead.

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