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Forget About Blended Learning Best Practices
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Blended learning is increasingly dominating education conversations, and it's no wonder why. Online learning's growth remains rapid, with Ambient Insight predicting an annual increase of nearly 10 percent over the next five years, and much of that growth is in blended-learning environments, where students engage in online learning in supervised brick-and-mortar schools instead of from a distance. As public schools move to this new reality, they are clamoring for templates to follow and for "best practices." Over the course of the year we will be writing a series of articles on blended learning offering our tips and insights, but with one caveat. Simply following the guidance of best practices won't help schools get the best results for their students. The reason is simple.


By Michael Horn and Heather Staker

Imperial County Office of Education
California Department of Education
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