Blended Learning 

A formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities. Blended learning is also used in professional development and training settings, as it can be used to translate knowledge into a particular skill that is useful and practical for a specific job.

Oak Crest Elementary, Belle Plaine Junior High, and Belle Plaine High School are offering blended courses to better meet the needs of our students. The young adults we serve will be required to learn and adapt in an ever-changing technological world. Research has shown that students with the highest rate of success in a blended virtual environment are those who are able to manage time effectively, be self-motivated to learn in an online environment, and are able to self-advocate for support and resources. Blended courses allow us to offer content in an anytime, anywhere manner, but still utilize the expertise of professionals so that students have resources and support as they learn in this non-traditional format. Students must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a less tightly structured setting and exhibit mature work habits.