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Teaching Essentials

Blended Learning


The Clayton Christensen Institute defines blended learning as “a formal education program in which the student learns:

  1. at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
  2. at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;
  3. and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience” (2015).

This can describe a range of possible educational activities between traditional classroom education to online distance education.

  1. Traditional face to face. No blended learning.
  2. Face to face with limited online resources & no requirement to be online
  3. Face to face with substantial required online resources that extend learning beyond the classroom
  4. Face to face with some classes replaced by online learning
  5. Curriculum entirely online with face to face classes available but not required
  6. Curriculum entirely online with all learning done at a distance. No longer blended.

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