A “rigorous and engaging curriculum” is the most important attribute of a successful online or blended learning program, according to 91 percent of participants in the fourth annual Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) Benchmark Study. The study, conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight, also sheds light on why districts are turning to online and blended learning programs, their implementation best practices, and how they measure quality of an online program.
In addition to “rigorous and engaging curriculum,” survey participants also agreed that the following attributes are key to successful online and blended programs:
§ presence of student progress tracking and reporting tools;
§ measurement of student progress with initial and ongoing assessments; and
§ instructors who are well-trained in delivering online courses.
The benchmark study reports that blended learning is almost twice as popular as fully online learning models. Of the 81 school leaders surveyed, 63 percent report using a blended learning model while 37 percent are using fully online learning models.