August 18th, 2013 E-Learning

In recent years we have heard more and more about a blended learning approach within a classroom setting. Many higher-ed institutions are starting to implement some form of blended learning as they find it to be more engaging for their student than the traditional lecture model.

If blended learning is a new concept for you, then the infographic below (provided by Digital Learning Now) is a good place to start. A blended learning approach in a classroom is a redesign of instructor models that we all know so well.  The idea is that it better prepares the learner for college, or career scenarios. As with any learning initiative, implementing blended learning into a classroom setting requires proper planning in order to be successful.  The four phases, as described by Digital Learning Now, include:

  1. Conditions for Success
  2. Plan
  3. Implement
  4. Improve

If you are a fan of other models (such as the ADDIE model), then you could surely use that methodology to implement your blended learning program. The point is, you need a road map in order to maximize your chances of success.  Most importantly, you have to set-up the proper monitoring mechanisms so that you can continually improve the learning experience/program based on feedback and data.

It’s important to understand that teachers need to be committed to a blended learning approach.  It requires an entire different mindset, which can be difficult to shake given the years of conformity to the standard lecture-listen method.  If the whole faculty (or even district) is on-board and committed, then the full potential of a blended learning approach can be realized.


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