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Thursday, June 05, 2008

NACOL Releases First in New Promising Practices in Online Learning Series: Blended Learning: The Convergence of Online and Face-to-Face Education

The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) is announce the release of the first report in a series of six papers being published in 2008.

This series, Promising Practices in Online Learning, explores some of the approaches being taken by practitioners and policymakers in response to key issues in online learning.
Susan Patrick, President of NACOL, says, "NACOL is examining significant advances in online learning and highlighting the promising practices. Blended learning is a major trend in K-12 education. Personalization for all students is possible through online learning and will become mainstream in the next ten years."
Blended learning combines the best elements of online and face-to-face learning and is likely to emerge as a predominant method of teaching and learning. It is being implemented by schools through out the country and the world, and in some cases it has been underway for several years.
According to author John Watson, of Evergreen Consulting Associates, "Onlinelearning offers the advantage of personalization, allowing individualizedattention and support when students need it most.

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