Here’s over 50 reasons why blended and online learning has unlimited potential
I often have expressed that online education knows no boundaries.
This limitless learning environment ventures beyond traditional school days, everyday classrooms and controlled curricula, as well as the standard student-to-student and student-to-teacher interactions.
Leave it to a core of students engaged in blended and online learning to demonstrate that these new mediums also shatter state lines.
For the first time ever, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning has attracted applicants from all 50 of the United States for its student scholarship program; in addition, we’re proud to report that at the time of this writing, 10 of our applicants hail from Puerto Rico, one from the U.S. Virgin Islands and another from an international military base. (See what I mean? Online education knows no boundaries!)
Ours is the only scholarship of its kind, and it offers graduates of accredited blended and online programs access to financial support that will help them to pursue their educational goals beyond high school. Attracting applicants from all 50 U.S. states and more is a notable accomplishment, but the excitement for us comes from a much broader source.
Showing Strength in Numbers
Because of this response, we can see that the blended and online learning movement is growing.
These numbers show that more and more students are embracing the power of technology to personalize and enhance their learning. Such programs are closing the gaps for students held back by geographic, health or familial constraints. It’s helping those who have dealt with bullying or anxiety issues, and it’s accommodating those who are pursuing athletics or the fine arts. It is also providing competitive education for students who aren’t challenged enough academically. Essentially, embracing technology in schools serves as a catalyst for increasing students’ access to choice in how they learn best, regardless of the circumstances they may face in their personal or academic lives.
Traditional educators may counter that blended and online learning is merely a fad that will fade in time. Some may assert that these learning models lack the longitudinal data to demonstrate their success rates, and don’t provide students personal interaction among their teachers and peers.
I’d invite them to tell this to Elina Chow, a 2017 scholarship recipient from Westchester, Pennsylvania, who now attends Wheaton College in Chicago, Illinois. She explained that blended learning helps her to excel academically, and to interact with her friends in new and different ways.
Just as athletic coaches know that the clock doesn’t lie (nor does it have perceived favorites!) we can objectively view the growth of this movement as authentically meeting learners’ needs.
We’re thrilled to continue building a robust network of forward-thinking students and educators across the country, and as interest in and a commitment to blended and online learning continues to climb, we know there will be more students in all 50 states in the years to come who will see this as the best educational investment for them.