ANI ROSA ALMARIO | REAGAN AUSTRIA
Blended Learning is one possibility in schools that are implementing online and remote learning this school year. As a learning approach that combines face-to-face classes in a brick and mortar location with online classroom activities, blended learning enables students to have some elements of control over their learning in terms of time, place, path and pace (Christensen et al., 2013). But how do schools transition from purely online and remote learning to blended learning? This paper presents seven blended learning models, as described by Christensen, Horn, and Staker (2013), to explain the differences in the learning dynamics and requirements of each approach. The paper also examines the role of the stakeholders in the transition in order to effectively set up the school’s digital and physical learning spaces. The authors explain a four-step guide for schools that intend to pilot a blended learning approach in the next years: 1. Figure out your school’s context; 2. Decide on how you want to implement blended learning; 3. Build a team of blended learning champions; and 4. Agree on a transition schedule with your faculty.