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Office of Digital Learning

Planning a Digital Learning Initiative

Blended and Personalized Learning

Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick and-mortar location away from home.

Personalized learning is any educational model that tailors learning to individual students' strengths, needs, and personal interests; takes into account existing knowledge, skills, and abilities; sets high expectations; and pushes students in supportive ways to reach their personal goals. A fundamental assumption is that technology is necessary to implement personalized learning effectively, affordably, and at significant scale (Next Generation Learning Challenges, 2016).

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Blended Learning
This resource from the Clayton Christensen Institute defines blended learning and provides brief case studies of organizations that are blending online learning with supervised brick-and-mortar settings.

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Is K-12 blended learning disruptive? An introduction to the theory of hybrids
Published by the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, this white paper analyzes blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory to help people anticipate and plan for the likely effects of blended learning on the classrooms of today and schools of tomorrow.

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Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning
The Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort led by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Michigan Virtual Learning Research InstituteTM (MVRLI) to provide a repository of research articles and other publications.

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Personalized Learning in Progress: Case Studies of Four Race to the Top-District Grantees' Early Implementation
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, these case studies share the experiences of four diverse school districts as they adopt personalized learning approaches that will prepare their students to succeed in the 21st century global economy. The four districts are highlighted in part because of their diversity, including the range in geographies, size of student populations, differing academic content areas, and their varied approaches to personalized learning.

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Promising Practices in Online Learning
This resource from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) showcases promising practices for both blended learning and fully online learning.

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Blended Credit Recovery in Massachusetts Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Prepared by the Northeast Comprehensive Center in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this paper provides an overview of three high school credit recovery programs (Falmouth, Drury, and Pittsfield) that were reviewed with several of the Virtual Learning Program standards; further, it outlines practices and policies to guide and assist districts with comparable programs and inform those considering developing credit recovery programs.



Last Updated: June 20, 2016
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