In Unit 1, you explored:
the history of blended and flipped learning
some benefits of using these instructional methods
the links to student-centered learning and social and emotional learning
Start by watching the following video that introduces the most common models of blended learning.
By the end of this lesson, you should:
Understand examples of blended and flipped learning models.
Understand what it takes to develop a blended learning environment.
Understand where to start in order to develop a blended learning environment.
As we know, blended learning is when instruction and learning take place in a blend of traditional and online environments.
The first two of the six commonly accepted blended learning models have a strong emphasis on either traditional or online learning.
Model 1: The brick-and-mortar or face-to-face driver model Traditional classroom instruction and activities are the main focus with technology only brought in as a supplementary resource.
Model 2: The online learning or online driver model This relies heavily on technology and sometimes does not include any in-person instruction with teachers working as facilitators. The remaining four models merge traditional and online learning and are sometimes considered the ‘true’ blended learning models.
Model 3: the rotation model This model is similar to the learning stations model. Students rotate on a fixed schedule from one learning modality to another with at least one station as an online learning component.
All students rotate through stations in their classroom on a fixed schedule.
One of the stations is in a computer lab, so is away from their classroom.
Online learning replaces homework and most instruction is delivered online.
Students have individual rotations, so may not visit all stations.
Model 4: The flex model Although in this model instruction is done primarily online, the significant majority of learning takes place in the classroom. Teachers are available to enrich students’ online learning experience and provide face-to-face support to individual students, as and when required.
Model 5: The self-blend or à la carte model Students complete some courses in a face-to-face environment at a brick-and-mortar campus and other courses online. These online courses may be completed either on-campus or away from campus, so there is some flexibility.
Model 6: The enriched virtual model Instruction generally takes place in a traditional classroom setting but students have the choice of where, when, and sometimes how, to complete the remaining activities.
To find out more, read the following articles:
Or watch the following video to learn more about blended learning models.
In an ideal situation, blended learning would involve all stakeholders. Developing an institutional framework to embed digital education allows school leaders and administrators to consider the following.
The drivers of change - why move to a blended or flipped model?
Institutional factors - these include ethical, legal, cultural, pedagogical, managerial and physical factors.
Organizational preparedness - this can be summarized by the 4 Cs: competence, commitment, communication, and collaboration.
Alignment of stakeholders expectations - stakeholders include administrators/leaders, teachers, students, parents/guardians/carers.
To find out more, read the following articles.