The K-12 New Media Consortium Horizon Report notes that distance and blended learning is on the rise in schools nationwide, and more and more Indiana schools are embracing this trend. Blended curriculum gives teachers greater flexibility in the way they deliver lessons, and extends learning far beyond the classroom, allowing them to take full advantage of 1:1 initiatives. But sometimes the online learning waters may seem murky. Which LMS should we choose? What students should be taking blended classes? What subjects work best in a blended environment? Can we confidently do online snow days and other blended programs? There are many questions that educators may ask as they take the plunge. But before diving in with both feet, there are some fundamental things to consider even before choosing an LMS and device platform. What skills students and teachers (and parents) need, and what will help students toward college and career readiness, are just as important. In this highly interactive session, participants will get a chance to discuss their challenges and successes with colleagues, as well as get a useful flowchart of considerations based on research with real teachers and students from both K-12 and college settings. These tips will help educators approach both new and ongoing blended learning initiatives with greater confidence. This session is designed primarily for coaches and administrators, but is also appropriate for teachers involved in delivering blended curriculum. At the end of the session, participants will be able to:• Discuss current trends and issues in blended learning for K-12 schools.• Adapt and use a research-based, future-ready framework for online and blended curriculum development.• Discuss and network with other educators at varying stages of blended curriculum adoption.
Blended Learning: Doing it Right the First Time
Doing it Right
(the First Time!)
ANASTASIA M. TREKLES, PH.D.
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
PURDUE UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST
This session will help you:
Discuss current trends and issues in blended learning for
Adapt and use a research-based, future-ready
framework for online and blended curriculum
Discuss and network with other educators at varying
stages of blended curriculum adoption
Blended Learning is Here
Some people call it hybrid, digital learning, or some
The NMC Horizon Report tell us that distance and
blended learning is on the rise in schools nationwide,
and more and more Indiana schools are embracing
Is your school doing online snow days? Blended
lessons? Flipped classrooms? Using an LMS?
Here’s the real question:
What makes blended
learning work well?
It’s all about the bottom line…
Technology is powerful in the hands of our students,
but only if they know how to use it
Many students are not quite “there” yet when it comes
to learning independently and taking best advantage
of their tools
It’s not for everyone – teachers and students alike
Student Readiness for Online Learning
Students (and teachers!) should be independent and
Technology support should be readily available and
skills adequate for the tasks required – “digital natives”
aren’t always as tech-savvy as you may think!
Time management skills are key – students unable to
budget their time will have difficulty
What does your blended or online program
look like now? (if you have one)
What’s good about it?
How could it be better?
Don’t have a program yet but want one?
What needs do you have to consider?
Study to Get Some Insight
Qualitative case study with 2 schools, one high
school and one college in the Midwest
Survey of students and teachers, with qualitative and
Demographics, online/hybrid experience ranged
1. What factors influence distance learning and
engagement and retention for college students?
2. What barriers are perceived by high school and
college students and instructors with regard to
3. What kinds of support do students entering
college need to prepare and participate in
online learning successfully?
Key Takeaways – Q1
Prompt, one-on-one communication with a teacher is
as essential online as it is face-to-face
K-12 appreciate and need flexibility as much as college
Online/blended coursework must be clear, meaningful,
and relevant with consistent feedback and goals - no
Blended courses offer the best of both worlds for both
students and teachers
Key Takeaways - Q2
Students should be prepared for both the
technical and pedagogical demands
Orientations, support tutorials can be of big
Students may misjudge their readiness
Design flexible curriculum while allowing for
responsive, personal, and enthusiastic instructor
Key Takeaways – Q3
Consider this “flowchart” as
Provide support throughout
the journey for teachers AND
All areas should be
considered - don’t leave
Complete paper available on
the ICE Website
Quality Matters K-12
List of quizzes for online student readiness
K-12 Blended and Online Learning MOOC (Kennesaw