Blended Learning

17 What is Blended Learning?

Chapter Objectives

  • Define blended learning
  • Survey various models of blended learning
  • Identify opportunities and benefits to a blended learning approach
  • Start to consider feasible pedagogical approaches for blended learning

3-modesA Observe & Consider

What is Blended Learning?

Rise of the K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models by Innosight Institute and Charter School Growth Fund

Blended learning is a course design approach that fundamentally restructures class hours and the course environment by integrating face-to-face and online interaction. Blended learning leverages the strengths of online and face-to-face interactions to promote student engagement and help achieve the learning goals of the course. The blended learning course design process focuses on:

  • Developing a conscious, pre-planned, and streamlined blended course plan unique for your course
  • Questioning what is necessary to do in the classroom and how face-to-face hours are best used
  • Thinking outside the box of both the traditional in-class lecture and only online-based learning
  • Redesigning based on learning goals and expected student outcomes, rather than content
  • Focusing on active student learning and collaboration
  • Sustaining an engaged classroom community beyond the confines of a traditional classroom

3-modesB Share & Connect

Word Association Activity

What words come to mind when you hear “blended learning”? List any and all below, and we will collect these into a word cloud to show our collective word associations with blended learning!


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