Face-to-Face Driver Model: Application & Examples

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

The face-to-face driver model is one type of blended learning. How does the model work? In this lesson, we will discuss advantages of this model and examples of its use.

What Is Blended Learning?

Do you use technology to teach? If so, how? Perhaps you have a computer in your classroom. Or maybe you have a classroom webpage with extra opportunities for learning. Maybe you teach some lessons online and the rest in person. All of these represent methods of blended learning.

Blended learning combines traditional teaching methods with supplementary instruction via technology. There are many different methods of blended learning and most of them involve online lessons.

The Face-To-Face Driver Model

Imagine a traditional classroom for a moment. Each day students gather and the teacher guides them through the coursework. Now let's say that a student in this class is struggling with a specific concept. How can that student receive assistance without interrupting the flow of the course for other students? The face-to-face driver model may be the answer.

The face-to-face driver model is a type of blended learning in which technology is used alongside traditional teaching to increase success in educational outcomes. Face-to-face classroom teaching is the main mode of delivery in this model, but technology is used to supplement learning.

To borrow from our previous example, a struggling student in a face-to-face driver model classroom might be assigned online remedial assignments. This student may access this extra help through a classroom computer, a computer lab on campus, or even from a home computer. It allows for a traditional classroom experience with an extra level of individualization in teaching and learning.

Now that we understand what the face-to-face driver model of blended learning is, let's discuss some schools in California that are using it successfully.

Leadership Public Schools

For some students, English is not a first language. How do these students perform in classes taught in English? This depends on each student's English proficiency. Sometimes such students are placed in special classes that focus on acquiring new language skills such as English as a Second Language courses. However, students assigned primarily to these classes might fall behind in progress in other subject areas.

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