Blended learning can be implemented using a variety of models:
In Rotation Models, students rotate on a fixed schedule from one learning modality to another. At least one of the stations is an online learning component. Other stations may include teacher-led small-group instruction, collaborative group projects, individual tutoring, or pencil-and-paper assignments. Within the rotation model, there are four specific types of rotation:
- The Station Rotation model allows students to rotate through stations in their classroom on a fixed schedule.
- Lab Rotation is like the Station Rotation model except that the online portion occurs in a computer lab. This model generally requires the coordination of multiple teachers and other paraprofessionals.
- In a Flipped Classroom, students participate in online learning in place of traditional homework. This online component is the primary means of content delivery and replaces the traditional classroom instruction. In-class time is used for teacher-guided practice or projects.
- With Individual Rotation, students rotate through stations, but on individual schedules set by their teacher. Students may not necessarily rotate to every station, but only to the stations the teacher has put on their schedule.
In the Flex Model, instruction is done primarily online. However, most of this learning takes place on a brick-and-mortar campus, with teachers available to enrich students’ online learning experience and provide face-to-face support as needed on an individual, personalized basis.
The A La Carte Model refers to a course that a student takes online while attending a brick-and-mortar school. These online courses are often not offered by the brick-and-mortar school and are usually taken by students during study hall or after school.
The Enriched Virtual Model requires students to have face-to-face instructional sessions, but students are given the flexibility to complete the rest of the classwork online from a location of their choice.