Take Your Blended Learning Program School-Wide with Acellus

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Unleash the full potential of Acellus - Become an Acellus Power School

Schools utilizing Acellus have found that a full deployment of Acellus is the most effective method of utilization, resulting in a significant increase on standardized test scores, improved graduation rates, and overall a positive change in attitude throughout the school.  Schools implementing Acellus in this way are designated as “Acellus Power Schools”, because Acellus empowers their students to achieve their academic goals and educators to reach each student.

A full deployment of Acellus entails obtaining a site license for the entire student enrollment at the school.  This allows students to access all of the courses available through the Acellus course library, and allows teachers to implement Acellus in any area of need, including blended learning K-12, credit recovery, intervention, special education, gifted and talented, advanced placement, and career and technical education.

Dr. Roger Billings – Acellus Keynote: Power Schools

Where to Start - Empower and Leverage Your Teachers with TeamTeach

The first part of a utilization strategy when you are doing a full deployment, or becoming an Acellus Power School, is TeamTeach. TeamTeach allows teachers to use the Acellus courses in their classroom, just using a projector, eliminating the need for a computer lab. Teachers can use an entire course, or select specific lessons, to enhance and differentiate the instruction for students. Teachers can present the videos to their class, and then involve the class in group discussions on the topic, fostering collaboration between learners.

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Video: Acellus TeamTeach

Teachers using TeamTeach have access to up to 6 courses at any one time. Teachers can choose from over 300 courses, in all core areas, including speciality courses, such as career and technical education, AP classes and electives. TeamTeach allows teachers to access over 50,000 educational videos, which are available in the Acellus Course Library.

Once the teacher has selected their courses, they will have access to all of the steps in the course, including the videos on each concept, the lesson assessments, and exams.  Acellus provides teachers with multiple videos on each concept, allowing teachers to differentiate instruction for students who may need the material presented in an alternative manner, or from a different perspective, in order to master it.  Providing teachers with alternative methods of instruction also allows teachers to broaden their own competency in the courseware.

Many teachers will use TeamTeach during the school day in their class, and then allow their students to log into Acellus to complete their homework online.  The lesson plans are already created for the teachers, and the homework is graded automatically by the Acellus system, allowing the teachers to spend more of their time teaching.

TeamTeach is also used to help teachers keep up to date with the latest standards in education, and best practices and methods for teaching.  The Acellus courseware development system is constantly bringing in student responses and feedback, and because of this constant feedback, Acellus is continually changing and adapting to student needs, making it an excellent resource for educators.

Why Blended Learning is the Most Effective Method of Instruction

Blended Learning is where the learning of a student consists of a blend of face-to-face and online, web-based instruction.  The idea behind Blended Learning is to place the student at the center of the learning process, harnessing the power of technology to create more engaging, efficient, and success-oriented learning environments.

According to the Department of Education, “Research shows that students with access to a combination of online and face-to-face instruction excel in relation to peers who have exposure to only one method of instruction”.  An article published by International Association for K-12 Online Learning or iNACOL states that, “The advent of learning that combines online and face to face delivery is not merely a theory or construct — it is an instructional model shift being implemented by schools throughout the country and the world.”

Blended learning with Acellus can be accomplished in a variety of ways, ranging from TeamTeach for whole class instruction, to individualized instruction for students via a computer.  Acellus allows schools to provide their students with a true, personalized learning path – each student receives instruction at their unique skill level and can learn at their own pace.  This can be accomplished in any setting where the student has access to a computer, whether it is in a computer lab setting, or in a 1:1 environment.  Using Deficiency Diagnostics (DD) technology, developed by Dr. Roger Billings, Acellus determines the deficiencies and gaps in student knowledge and fills in the holes using Customized, Personal Instruction (CPI).

There are four blended learning models that are used to achieve this blended environment:

Rotation Model | Students rotate between online and face-to-face instruction.

Any course or subject in which students rotate—either on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion— among learning modalities, at least one of which is online learning. Often students rotate among online learning, small-group instruction, and pencil-and-paper assignments at their desks. Or they may rotate between online learning and some type of whole-group class discussion or project. The key is that the clock or the teacher announces that the time has arrived to rotate, and everyone shifts to their next assigned activity in the course. The Rotation model includes four sub-models: Station Rotation, Lab Rotation, Flipped Classroom, and Individual Rotation.


Flex Model | An online course that provides the backbone of student learning augmented by a face-to-face teacher.

A course or subject in which online learning is the backbone of student learning, even if it directs students to offline activities at times. The teacher of record is on-site, and students learn mostly on a brick-and-mortar campus, except for any homework. Students move through a Flex course according to their individual needs. Face-to-face teachers are on hand to offer help, and in many programs they initiate projects and discussions to enrich and deepen learning, although in other programs they are less involved.


A La Carte Model | A course taken entirely online to accompany a traditional brick-and-mortar program

A course that a student takes entirely online to accompany other experiences that the student is having at a brick-and-mortar school or learning center. The teacher of record for the A La Carte course is the online teacher. Students may take the A La Carte course either on the brick-and-mortar campus or off-site. This differs from full-time online learning because it is not a whole-school experience. Students take some courses A La Carte and others face-to-face at a brick-and-mortar campus.


Enriched Virtual Model | An online course which includes required face-to-face learning sessions

A course or subject in which students have required face-to-face learning sessions with their teacher of record and then are free to complete their remaining coursework remotely from the face-to-face teacher. Many Enriched Virtual programs began as full-time online schools and then developed blended programs to provide students with brick-and-mortar school experiences. The Enriched Virtual Model differs from the Flipped Classroom Model because in Enriched Virtual programs, students seldom meet face-to-face with their teachers every weekday. It differs from a fully online course because face-to-face learning sessions are more than optional office hours or social events; they are required.