Top 5 Tips for Engaging Online and Blended Learners

Contributor: 
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

Contributor: 
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

Contributor: 
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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What I Learned at iNACOL’s 2015 Blended and Online Learning Symposium: Innovation Is Key

Contributor: 
Anne Roycroft

Each year, I look forward to attending the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium, and this year’s 2015 symposium was no different. This event provides me, and other blended and online learning practitioners and providers, with a tremendous opportunity to connect over best practices and exciting findings on the success of new models for student success.

Jumpstart the School Year: Tips on Making Personal Connections in Blended Learning Schools

The relationships a student builds with teachers and fellow students can often be the catalyst that propels the student to academic achievement and success. That was always true in traditional classroom settings, and it remains true in the blended learning models that schools across the country are turning to as a new way to engage and inspire students.

Overcoming Curriculum and Staffing Gaps at the Start of the School Year

A common challenge faced by schools and districts at the start of the new school year is being able to offer courses in which enrollment is low or teachers are hard to find. It may not be cost-effective to offer Japanese, for instance, and it’s always easier to find a social studies teacher than someone to fill an unexpected opening in physics.

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