Blended learning is a 21st century learning environment where some of the learning takes place face-to-face in a school setting, and some of the learning takes place in an online environment. The online environment can be synchronous, meaning the students and teachers are interacting in a real-time environment (such as a live, online classroom, or through collaborative documents), or in an asynchronous environment, meaning students collaborate with peers, interact with multimedia content and submit assignments at various time during the school week.
Blended learning requires a high level of personal responsibility, as the learner must take the initiative to show mastery of learning and complete certain course objectives independently. It is important to know that while blended learning allow for some flexibility in terms of when and where assignments are completed, students must meet certain checkpoints and remain on pace throughout the semester. Students in blended learning are expected to show academic integrity and use technology responsibly for the purposes of education.
Independent Study policy, the University of California system, and NCAA requirements specify that courses must be of equivalent quality. Courses must contain the same relevant content standards and be of equivalent time and rigor as the in-person counterpart. Students can expect to spend about the same amount of time each week on assignments and complete about the same amount of work as the in-person course equivalent.
Blended learning helps prepare students for life in a global society connected by technology. It is much more than just infusing technology in the classroom. It is a transformation in the way students learn and show mastery of learning, changing the variables of time and space. Learning can take place wherever there is an Internet connection, with a variety of devices and at various times of the day. Students, in part, can control the time, pace, and place of their learning. This flexibility allows for a mindset in which the student can learn at a time and location that best meets the needs of the student.
Is Blended Learning Right for Me?
Speak to your counselor and parent or guardian to determine if blended learning is an option for you.
If you are interested in taking a blended learning course, you will need a referral from your counselor. Students and parents in the blended learning program must agree to the expectations, which include attendance and progress requirements. In general, successful students in a blended learning program are self-motivated and have excellent time management skills. They communicate with their instructors frequently, and attend in-person meetings as scheduled.
To be successful, a student must exhibit initiative, motivation, and self-discipline to complete work independently. Students must manage their time to avoid procrastination in the online environment, and allow enough time to process new concepts and skills, submit quality work, and receive feedback on assignments and assessments in preparation for exams.
Expectations will vary by course. In general students must:
- Complete and show mastery of the content, including readings, discussion activities, practice assignments, quizzes, and exams.
- Attend in-person collaborative activities sessions as scheduled.
- Submit assignments on or before the due date, as communicated by the teacher.
- Communicate with the teacher on a regular basis, responding to any messages in a timely manner.
- Attend any web conferencing meetings as designated by the teacher.
- Follow the academic honesty policy, and code of conduct, and district responsible use policy for technology.
- Complete in-person exams and a final (if applicable to the course).
Prerequisite technology skills include:
- Basic computer terminology, the use of the keyboard and mouse
- Basic web skills, including the use of navigation and search tools
- The use of word processing documents, the ability to open, modify, save, scan, and upload documents in different formats
- Composing, receiving, and replying to electronic messages