Top 5 Tips for Engaging Online and Blended Learners

Andrea Ritchie

One of the advantages of working with so many clients around the nation is the ability to see the diverse ways in which different schools create blended and online learning programs. The true beauty of a virtual education is that one size doesn't have to fit all. At the same time, however, there are many tried and true principles that work universally in setting up students for success in their online courses.

I will list and explain five of these tips to engaging online and blended learners, although this is certainly not a comprehensive list.

A Blended Learning Success Story of Measurable, High Academic Growth in Colorado

Amanda Cunningham

Using a specialized blended curriculum, a comfortable learning environment, and strong teacher-student relationships, Poudre School District Global Academy (PGA), a full-time hybrid school for grades K-12 in Ft. Collins, Colorado, was able to show incredible gains in student academic progress in both reading and math. In 2014-15, for grades K-8 the school achieved student growth scores between 140-240 percent of national norms.  


Myth: Online Teachers Have No Effect on Students

Kelli Hicks

I have heard a lot of people say that they don’t think that online schooling works well because there isn’t in-person interaction between a student and their teacher. This belief is a myth. When both teachers and students participate the same way they would in a face-to-face setting, amazing things happen in the online world—just as often as they do in the traditional classroom.

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