Blended learning has the potential to combine the best aspects of web-based learning with the strengths of a traditional classroom environment, creating a hybrid that transcends the limitations of both modes of learning. At Giant Campus, we believe that blended and hybrid models offer students an efficient way to expand their educational options without the social costs of leaving their traditional, "brick and mortar" school behind.
In the same way that the Internet is changing the way people work and play, the latest generation of web-based learning tools (learning management systems, online collaborative environments and social networks) are changing the way students learn. These changes are allowing students to connect with a wider range of exceptional teachers, mentors and coaches outside the boundaries of geography and time.
Distance learning has long been an accepted method of serving students in remote areas, and as web-based technology grows more sophisticated, the potential benefits to both rural and urban students continues to expand as well. In addition, as funding limitations continue to impact the type and number of courses that smaller districts can offer, blended learning appears poised to fill an ever-expanding gap.
A 2008 study by the Sloan Consortium reported that 25% of all post-secondary students have taken one or more courses online, and increasingly, courses offered at 4-year institutions include an online component of some kind. For K-12 students who are college bound, the experience of learning online is critical for college readiness. For students who are preparing for careers after high school, the opportunity to explore career options while earning credit toward graduation is efficient and beneficial.
As a leading developer of career curriculum for online high schools and programs, we believe that we have a unique contribution to make to the growth of blended learning in K12 education. Contact us to find out how we can help get your blended learning program off the ground.