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SOURCE SRI International
MENLO PARK, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blended learning models- the combination of teacher-led and online instruction- may improve education by enhancing personalized learning in schools and freeing teachers to focus on helping all students develop higher-level learning skills. However, successful implementation of these models requires adequate infrastructure, reliable technology, quality software content, and changes in classroom management practices, according to new research by SRI International.
"The explosion of digital content and resources available for teachers and schools is driving changes in practice, and there's no question that more online resources are going to be used in K-12 classrooms," said Robert Murphy, Ph.D., director of evaluation research for the Center for Technology in Learning, SRI Education. "But our findings make clear there are foundational issues to be addressed for blended learning to be successful in improving teaching and learning."
With funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, SRI Education researchers studied blended learning models during the 2011-2012 school year in five charter management organizations and 12 schools in California and Louisiana. The Blended Learning Report details findings in four key areas:
The report also outlines implications for practice and recommendations for future research. As schools gain more experience and continue to evolve their blended learning models, several best practices are emerging for educators to consider when implementing blended models of instruction:
"The implementation of blended learning models is still in its infancy. While there has been limited comprehensive research up to this point, we have learned that there is not a single blended learning solution that works for all schools," said Murphy. "It's a time of experimentation and development, and we're just beginning to understand which program design elements and student supports are needed in blended learning models to help all students succeed. Blended learning is not a one-size-fits-all solution."
About SRI International
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