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:
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.
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.
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