5 Tips for Choosing the Right Blended Learning Solution

Author: Eric Patnoudes | Blended Learning |

Whether your school will be implementing blended learning, remote learning, or face-to-face instruction this fall, your learning management system has a significant impact on the outcome. Keep these qualities top of mind when choosing a blended learning solution for your school community:

1. Lesson Design 

Users are always at the center of the design process. To quote Steve Jobs: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Consider both visual appeal and functionality when picking a learning management system for blended learning. Students will struggle with even the best-designed lesson if the interface is clunky and hard to use.

Lessons in Otus

2. Assessment

One key to effective assessment is measuring student performance in a variety of ways. Look for an LMS that has common assessments, rubrics, and an item bank of questions designed by experts. Bonus points for the ability to share and collaborate on assessments with your team.

Score Rubrics side-by-side with student Google Docs in Otus

3. Feedback

Letters grades and percentages are common for explaining student performance. However, blended learning is most successful when teachers provide guidance and direction on how students can improve. For example, administrators will love the ability for teachers to record personalized video feedback in Otus. Students appreciate videos from their teacher because it includes tone, gestures, body language, and facial expressions.

Personalized video feedback

4. Data-Informed Instruction 

Data is crucial to blended learning for differentiated instruction. When teachers generate and analyze their own data, a greater sense of ownership and accountability is created. Keep your eyes set on a learning management system that empowers using data to confidently make the right decisions for your students, every single day.

Simple, clean data reports

5. Ease of Use 

Implementing blended learning means teachers have to acquire new instructional strategies. As a result, there may also be fewer district resources dedicated to professional development.  Choose a user-friendly and low barrier to entry tool so your teachers will have more time to teach, grade, and analyze. Students will also be able to focus on learning instead of wasting time and mental energy navigating a difficult platform.

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Previously a Teacher, Instructional Technologist, and Adjunct Professor | Co-Founder ConnectIT Blog at @Edtech_K12

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