A new report from Digital Learning Now! (DLN), Getting Smart, and The Learning Accelerator (TLA) offers recommendations to school leaders on how to develop and implement an effective blended learning model1 that focuses on accelerating student learning for college and career readiness. The report, Blended Learning Implementation Guide Version 2.0, reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and educational technology trends since its original release in February.
“There is growing momentum around the country to explore new approaches to blended learning,” said Digital Learning Now! Executive Director John Bailey. “This guide is for those state, school, and district leaders who want to build a new, more personalized learning environment in order to achieve high academic student outcomes.”
The report includes a four-part process for blended learning implementation that includes exhibits, case studies, and additional resources to help school leaders create conditions for success and planning, followed by implementation and continuous improvement. It adds to a growing field of resources, including Digital Promise and the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Project 24, that help school leaders plan for and ultimately realize the potential that technology has for improving student outcomes.
Blended Learning Implementation Guide Version 2.0 is available at http://www.digitallearningnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/BLIG-2.0-Final-Paper.pdf.
1 The report 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 that is at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.”