The 2014 Benchmark Study Outlines Best Practices for Online Learning and Blended Learning


Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:30am

It is report card season for education technology programs. 

Last week we highlighted the findings of the Keeping Pace survey of digital learning trends in K-12 schools, and this week we’re excited to discuss the results of Market Data Retrieval’s EdNet Insight Services’ 2014 Benchmark survey.   The focus of the Benchmark survey is to gain insight from seasoned educators on their experiences – and best practices - implementing online and blended education programs in K-12 schools. 

With an increasing number of schools and school districts implementing online and blended learning programs to boost graduation rates, address academic shortfalls, help students catch up on credits, expand course offerings, and provide students with a flexible, personalized learning experience, the demand for such guidance has never been greater.  We know from experience that the more prepared a school district is the greater the likelihood of success is for these programs, whether they are individual courses, or full-time online programs.  By understanding the challenges and obstacles that educators encounter as they innovate traditional modes of education, as well as identifying the factors critical to success, teachers, principals, and administrators can develop the tools they need to make both their program and their students exceed expectations.

Interestingly, the survey found that a clear majority of schools, 78%, had opted for a blended learning model and that only 22% of schools had chosen a fully online learning program.   High quality curriculum, training for both teachers and students and good reporting tools were some of the top rated factors for success.

As well as giving snapshots of online and blended learning by the numbers, the report includes success stories from educators who have implemented online and blended programs, how different models of online and blended learning can be used to personalize instruction, as well as those critical success factors for implementing programs.  To download a complete copy of the report click here.



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