Blended Learning is a formal program in which students learn in multiple settings, including online and face-to-face, with some ability to determine the pace, path, and/or place of their learning. Blended Learning courses are designed and facilitated by Worthington teachers who seamlessly and intentionally integrate technology and instructional best practices so that learning is accessible and more personalized for all students. Course learning outcomes are the same for both blended and traditional courses.
In blended courses, teachers choose to use a blend of materials, instructional methods, and/or class time. For example, a blended course might include myriad materials in various media formats such as textbooks, videos, labs, software, and simulations.
Other blended courses might include a combination of instructional methods and approaches, such as the use of lecture, small-group instruction, peer collaboration, videos, or online discussions.
And finally, teachers might choose to use a blend of class time, where time is used differently and flexibly, depending upon the class and age of students. For example, teachers and students might use a combination of face-to-face and online “seat time” in a hybrid model where students might not be required to attend face-to-face (F2F) every day. Whereas in other blended classes, students are required to attend class every day but work in different locations around the classroom or building. Class time and the class environment are used in flexible ways to organize and optimize learning for students.
Blended learning may be for every student, and many of the characteristics that enable students to be successful in traditional settings are equally important in a blended setting.