Blended Learning

ICS has committed to blended learning as an instructional approach to provide engaging learning experiences for its students.

Definition

ICS has adopted the following Blended Learning Definition:

Blended learning is the combination of actively engaged learning online and actively engaged learning offline with the goal of giving students more control over the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. ... Educators agree that each learner is different with unique interests, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. - Catlin Tucker
 

What does this mean?

It means that we are moving towards:

  • blended learning as an instructional approach that can be employed within on-campus and online classrooms.

  • engaged online learning involves intentional learning experiences that students do, using online/digital resources and tools in an on-campus mode as well as in an online mode.

  • engaged offline learning involves learning tasks students engage in both on-screen and off-screen either individually or in collaborative groups that can be either face-to-face or virtual.

  • ICS learning process guiding the blended learning approach employed during both online and on-campus modes of instruction.

  • providing students with more control to personalize their learning.

  • blended learning that is flexible, data-informed, and technology-enabled.

  • providing sufficient opportunities for teachers to differentiate as well as to support focused small group instruction

  • providing opportunities for students to self-direct (agency), self-regulate (ATL skills) themselves resulting in learning how to learn.
     

At the same time, we are moving away from:

  • a didactic translation of on-campus learning online, during the online mode of instruction.

  • a learning model that works only when you have online and on-campus students.

  • a teacher-directed and just teacher-run synchronous instruction.

  • only recording a face-to-face lesson and posting it for online students.
     

Why?

COVID-19 has really moved the dial towards the use of blended learning in classrooms across the world. Teachers have understood the potential of technology use as well as its pitfalls, especially what works well in an online environment or in a face-to-face environment. Blended learning can use this understanding to provide the right kind of learning experiences for students. Most importantly, blended learning supports the ICS learning process of inquiry, action, and reflection through personalization. Blended learning models provide opportunities for personalization in the classroom. This can be replicated to both on-campus and online modes of instruction, thus providing for a common approach to both modes of learning.
 

How does this approach look like in the classroom?

On-Campus Mode:

The actively engaged offline learning is guided by the teacher/adults in the classroom and the actively engaged online learning is guided by teacher curated online resources for students to pursue on their own.

Online Mode:

The actively engaged online learning is guided by the teacher/adults synchronously and the actively engaged offline learning is guided by teacher curated online resources/off-screen tasks.

Both modes use the LMS (Learning Management System) as its base for teacher-student interactions.