There are four different types of blended learning models: Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual. The Rotation model includes four sub-models:
- Station rotation model
- Lab rotation model
- Flipped classroom
- Individual Rotation
The popular rotation models which are generally adopted by the schools/after school centers/vocational institutes are Station or Lab rotation model. Let's take a look at all these 4 models briefly:
- Station Rotation Model: A course or subject in which students rotate on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion between learning stations, at least one of which is online learning. Other stations might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. Students experience the rotation within a contained classroom or group of classrooms.
- Lab Model: This model is the same as the Station Rotation, except that students rotate to a computer lab for the online-learning station.
- Flipped Classroom: A course or subject in which students participate in online learning at home or any other place except school in place of traditional homework and then attend the brick-and-mortar school for face-to-face, teacher-guided practice or projects.
- Individual Station: A course or subject in which each student has an individualised playlist and does not necessarily rotate to each available station.
Why is blended learning important or beneficial for students,