Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blended Learning Resources

Blended learning employs an appropriate balance between—and implementation of— technology and face-to-face teacher/student interaction to maximize a student’s learning experience. Blended learning is generating interest and gaining increased attention in K-12 and higher ed contexts. Although blended learning is gaining popularity in classrooms across the country, there are still many teachers who are just beginning their quest to learn what blended learning is and how to best implement it in their classrooms. There are several resources available to assist with meeting this objective, some of which are listed below.

Resources Available to Learn About Blended Learning:

Khan Academy, the Clayton Christensen Institute, and Silicon Schools have teamed up to provide a Blended Learning 101 course, which shares a myriad of resources to promote and implement blended learning. The course takes participants through a five part course with resource guides and over 40 videos that teach different models and how to select resources. View the course here.

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation is a non-profit striving to solve problems related to health care and education through research. Learn more about blended learning on their website here.

The Blended Learning Universe (BLU) provides several resources to inform and instruct on blended learning implementation, including videos, guides, and a directory of blended learning sites world-wide.

Aspire Public Schools has produced a Blended Learning 101 Handbook to guide teachers through the orientation and implementation of blended learning.

I recommend reading the book Blended, which provides a practical overview of the what, why, and how of blended learning.

I recently wrote a white paper on blended learning that explains what blended learning is and the models associated with Blended Learning.

My colleague, Tasi Young, recently conducted a webinar on blended learning. The recording can be viewed here. Tasi is also featured on a recently-produced blended learning video which can be viewed here.

Dr. Charles Graham, professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, has published several articles on blended learning. Video demonstrations of blended learning are available here. In addition, Dr. Graham discusses the six P's of blended learning, which can be viewed in the video here.


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