Flex Model in Blended Learning: Definition, 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.

What makes the flex model of blended learning effective? Is it the best choice for increasing learning? This lesson will define the flex model and provide examples of it in action.

What Is Blended Learning?

Do you use technology to teach? Many teachers rely on technology every day in the classroom with things like computers, smart boards, email, and even class websites. When traditional teaching methods are combined with technology, it is considered blended learning. There are many different types of blended learning, all of which depend on the degree to which technology is implemented in instruction.

Now that we know what blended learning is, let's take a look at one specific type: the flex model of blended learning.

The Flex Model Of Blended Learning

Imagine a classroom where most or even all students have a computer. In this class, the bulk of the assignments are completed independently on these computers. Students work at their own pace through a predetermined set of material. Students can take as much or as little time as they need. They also have options for deeper hands-on exploration of some topics apart from the computer. Teachers supervise everything and provide one-on-one or small group instruction when needed. This design represents the flex model of blended learning.

The flex model delivers most content online, but in a traditional school setting. Teachers guide students through learning and provided one-on-one or small group help when needed. This model provides great opportunities for individualization in terms of pace and content.

Okay, so now we know what the flex model in blended learning is. Let's see how it is being used to increase learning for students.

Examples of The Flex Model

Blending technology with traditional teaching methods is the hallmark of blended learning, and the flex model relies more on technology than other types of blended learning. How can this increase learning outcomes for students? Let's look closely at two options for successfully using the flex model.

Student-Directed Flex Model

Many schools throughout the country have taken the flex model of blended learning and run with it in a way that gives students a significant amount of control in terms of learning. With this student-directed option of the flex model of blended learning, most assignments are completed online. For example, a student begins with a list of curriculum from which to choose. He or she takes quizzes to show mastery. Extra help is provided in the form of enrichment if needed. Therefore, students work through the curriculum at their own pace and can spend as much or as little time needed to master a particular concept.

The student-directed option may also include project-based learning opportunities guided by teachers. Teachers may be assigned to specific students and should serve as leaders in learning. In short, they assist when needed and encourage students to challenge themselves in learning. This student-directed option may help to increase student completion and ongoing success in education.

Remedial or Special Education Flex Model

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