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Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?: An Introduction of the Theory of Hybrids

May 2013. This report, fourth in its series, analyzes blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory. The goal of this paper is to help education leaders anticipate and plan for the likely effects of blended learning in classrooms. The authors introduce their readers to sustainable disruptive innovation, hybrid models of blended learning, implications for education…


Classifying K-12 Blended Learning

May 2012. This report introduces a thorough taxonomy to the field of blended learning, based on feedback from the field and new innovations. To define blended learning and identify emerging models, the authors observed over 80 programs in the K-12 sector. In addition, roughly 100 educators met during a pre-conference at the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium in…


The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning

January 2011. Online and blended learning has the potential to be a disruptive force capable of transforming today’s monolithic, factory-like education system into a new, student-centered, highly personalized model of education. Authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker define blended learning, outline six blended learning models, assess the potential of blended learning, and provide policy recommendations to…