Blended Learning with Acellus

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The Fusion of Great Teachers & Web-learning

Across the nation schools are discovering the power and success of implementing Acellus Blended Learning – A highly tuned, highly refined learning program enabling teachers to match the right student with the right content at the right time.

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.

How effective is Blended Learning?

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.”

According to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning or iNACOL, “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.”

How can Acellus Blended Learning be implemented?

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.