Blended Learning an Increasing Focus of CUE Efforts

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The possibilities for blended learning are endless, and CUE has made it a priority to provide resources and strategies to assist educators in this increasingly common approach to teaching and learning

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Educators see such potential in this model, and they are eager to implement it, especially for core subjects

Over the last several years, CUE has taken a leadership role around blended learning. Blended learning is defined by the Innosight Institute as “instruction is given both by direct student-teacher interaction in the classroom and through an online-student interface out of the classroom.” The possibilities for this type of instruction are endless, and CUE has made it a priority to provide resources and strategies to assist educators in this increasingly common approach to teaching and learning.

“Educators see such potential in this model, and they are eager to implement it, especially for core subjects.” says Brian Bridges, Director of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) and past CUE President. “What we need now is to examine the outcomes of implementation and keep exploring the many ways this model can be used.”

CUE will be tackling the many different perspectives of Blended Learning in the Winter issue of OnCUE Journal, the organization’s quarterly publication. For those who might need a visual display of the model, the next episode of the Infinite Thinking Machine (ITM), CUE’s Internet TV show, will showcase how to implement Blended Learning in the classroom environment.

For educators and administrators who are interested in knowing more about the Blended Learning environment, the eLearning Strategies Symposium, which will take place December 7-8, 2012 will open with a panel of educators dedicated to discussing the challenges and rewards of the Blended Learning method. Experts in the field of Blended Learning will be on hand not just for the keynote but for sessions both before and during the conference. For those who wish to attend the symposium, early registration of $159 is extended until October 24, 2012. Regular registration from October 25 until November 30 is $215. Individual workshop times and fees vary, so register soon at http://www.elearns.org.

In addition, CUE has produced a number of events and programs focused on the role of blended learning in recent years. Some highlights include:

In recognition of its leadership role in online and blended learning, CUE was named the first organizational affiliate of iNACOL, the International Association for K12 Online Learning.

CUE was a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance, which created a national Online and Blended Certification program.

The opening keynote of CUE’s recent Fall CUE Conference was Jon Bergmann, pioneer in flipped teaching, a popular version of blended learning.

In August 2012, CUE began offering a Flipped Classroom Learning Tours.

Blended learning leader Catlin Tucker was selected as the 2013 Annual CUE Conference Kickoff Keynote.

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