What Is Blended Learning?

The best teachers have always found ways to make learning personal for their students. Technology makes it possible to combine effective instructional approaches with online and digital tools to meet the needs of individual students like never before.

smiling young man with computerBlended learning opens up possibilities:

  • Motivate students and address issues of equity.
  • Design projects that incorporate student voice and choice without sacrificing rigor.
  • Empower students with tools to direct their own learning.
  • Use data to support personalized learning.
  • Employ technology tools that facilitate personalized learning.

Blended Learning Research 

Brodersen, R. M. and Melluzzo, D. (2017). Summary of research on online and blended learning programs that offer differentiated learning options. REL Central, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved from https://ies.ed.gov.

Council of Chief State School Officers (2015). Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Teaching. Retrieved from https://studentsatthecenterhub.org/

Grant, P. & Basye, D. (2014). Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology [pdf]. International Society for Technology in Education. Retrieved from https://www.k12blueprint.com/.

Howton, R. (2017) Turn Your Classroom into a Personalized Learning Environment. International Society for Technology in Education. Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/explore.

Klein, J., Duerr, L., & Comegys, J. (2018) Webinar: Blended Learning in Practice: Understanding the potential of using technology in the classroom (webinar). Institute of Education Sciences. 

Pane, J. (2017). What Emerging Research Says About the Promise of Personalized Learning. Brown Center Chalkboard. 

Patrick, S., Kennedy, K., & Powell, A. (2013). Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education [pdf]. International Association for K–12 Online Learning. Retrieved from https://www.inacol.org.

Raise Your Hand Texas (2017). Report: Raising Blended Learners: Year 1 Evaluation Report. Retrieved from https://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org.

REL MidAtlantic (2017). Research Review: Impacts and Implementation of Blended Learning (infographic). U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved from https://ies.ed.gov.

Blended Learning Resources

International Association for K–12 Online Learning—Blended Learning Resources: Nonprofit organization with the mission to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. 

The Learning Accelerator: Blended and personalized learning at work. 

Blended Learning Universe: An online hub for blended-learning resources for educators.

Highlander Institute: An organization that researches and develops innovative methods to improve outcomes for all learners.

Blended Learning and Differentiation: It's Not Whether, But How, by Kelli Allen, Clinical Assistant Professor, UTeach Austin, The University of Texas at Austin