Blended Learning


Blended Learning

Defining Blended Learning

Blended learning uses the tools of the provincial learning management system (LMS) to teach and support learning in a face-to-face class. Through blended learning, K-12 students can access high-quality course materials, course calendars, and assignments during and outside school hours.

Students can also take part in face-to-face lessons and communicate with their teacher and classmates using a suite of secure online tools inside the password-protected LMS. These tools help students learn or review key concepts, stay organized, show what they have learned, submit assignments, track their achievement, and communicate with others. This suite of online secure tools includes:

Blog Calendar Checklist Content
Discussions Dropbox Email ePortfolio
Grades Journal Locker News
Pager Progress Quizzes Survey

Classroom sample

Blended learning can look different in different situations. For example, when blended learning occurs in a school computer lab, students may flexibly access and complete course content online and consult with their teachers on specific projects or topics. When blended learning occurs in classrooms where technology is limited, students may learn mostly through face-to-face lessons, but use computers or other devices to complete group assignments or submit completed work to their teachers.

Comparing Blended Learning to Other Forms of Learning

Unlike e-learning classes where students are physically separate from their teacher and classmates, blended learning occurs within a face-to-face class that happens at a specific place and time. Blended learning combines the support of classroom learning with the flexibility of e-learning.

The following chart shows some examples to clarify how different types of learning and teaching might occur.

 

Strategies, tools and resources

Goal

Classroom Learning

Blended
Learning

E-Learning

Communication between teacher and students

  • Full group lessons
  • Small group lessons or tutorials
  • Individual conferences
  • Marked assignments and rubrics
  • Full group lessons
  • Small group lessons or tutorials
  • Individual conferences
  • Marked assignments and rubrics
  • Digital course materials
  • Online discussions
  • E-mail
  • Instant messages
  • News announcements
  • Online calendar
  • Dropboxes
  • Online grade tool
  • Rubrics
  • Digital course materials
  • Online discussions
  • E-mail
  • Instant messages
  • News announcements
  • Online calendar
  • Dropboxes
  • Online grade tool
  • Rubrics
  • Web conferences

Collaboration among students

  • Learning centres or other room arrangements
  • Class discussions
  • Face-to-face group work
  • Learning centres or other room arrangements
  • Class discussions
  • Face-to-face group work
  • Online group work
  • Online discussions
  • E-mail
  • Instant messages
  • Blogs
  • Electronic portfolios
  • Online group work
  • Online discussions
  • Chat sessions
  • E-mail
  • Instant messages
  • Blogs
  • Electronic portfolios
  • Web conferences

Demonstration of learning

  • Paper-and-pencil tests and assignments submitted in person
  • Live presentations, labs, performances, or exhibits of skill
  • Models, works of art, posters, and other physical artefacts submitted in person
  • Paper-and-pencil tests and assignments submitted in person
  • Live presentations, labs, performances, or exhibits of skill
  • Models, works of art, posters, and other physical artefacts submitted in person
  • Blogs
  • Electronic portfolios
  • Online discussions
  • Online surveys and quizzes
  • Assignments, such as essays, worksheets, slide shows, photographs, and videos submitted to electronic dropboxes
  • Blogs
  • Electronic portfolios
  • Online discussions
  • Online surveys and quizzes
  • Assignments, such as essays, worksheets, slide shows, photographs, and videos submitted to electronic dropboxes
  • Web conferences

Supporting District School Boards Offering Blended Learning

The Ministry's goal is to make blended learning available for all Ontario students from kindergarten to grade 12. As school boards begin to offer blended learning to their students, e-Learning Ontario is supporting them with:

  • Funding for a full-time e-Learning Contact (eLC) position in each school board for the 2013-14 school year. One of the duties of eLCs is to provide leadership and coordination of blended learning in their board. Since the needs and priorities of school boards may differ, the roll-out of blended learning may look different from board to board.
  • Various blended learning support documents for teachers and administrators have been created.

For more information on blended learning opportunities, contact the eLC in your local district school board.