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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Research: Blended Learning and the Rise of Online Learning in K-12 Education

In the best-selling education book “Disrupting Class,” the authors, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online.
Today, co-author Michael Horn, executive director of Innosight Institute, and Heather Staker, a senior research fellow at Innosight Institute, released new research in conjunction with the Charter School Growth Fund and Public Impact, which expands on this prediction and documents the rise of blended learning.

Blended learning is defined as any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

“U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently described a ‘new normal,’ where schools have to do more with less,” said Horn. “Blended learning will play a vital role, as school operators must rethink education’s structure and delivery with the new realities of public funding.”  
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About Innosight Institute
Innosight Institute is a nonprofit/nonpartisan think tank based in Mountain View, Calif. whose mission is to apply Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s theories of disruptive innovation to develop and promote solutions to the problems in education.

About Charter School Growth Fund
The Charter School Growth Fund invests philanthropic venture capital in the nation's highest-performing charter school operators to dramatically expand their impact on underserved students.

About Public Impact 
Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. which helps education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education
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Blended Learning and the Rise of Online Learning in K-12 Education (PDF)

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
By Clayton M. Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson and Michael B. Horn

Applies Bill Gates' theory of 'disruptive innovation' to a much-needed evolution in educational technologies - offering opportunities and challenges for the business community. This book shows how tomorrow's innovations in education will change the way the world learns - and what businesses can do to meet those changing demands. 
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Source: Business Wire