Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune published an article this morning about a hybrid education model that blends traditional and online learning. Students at Bloomington Jefferson high school attend class twice a week and finish online assignments during the three days the don't attend class. Teacher like the arrangement because they are able to work with smaller groups of students and students like it because it gives them greater flexibility. This model also answers the most common complaint of critics of online learning which is the lack of face-to-face interaction. The idea of a hybrid course model is an intriguing one that deserves further exploration.