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 blended learning is important or beneficial for students, here is how: