Online Lab 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.

How can technology be used to improve learning? This lesson explores the online lab model of blended learning. We will also learn about one special school that uses this model successfully.

What Is Blended Learning?

Have you ever taught a class where computers were required? How about internet access? Most teachers use these things on a regular basis. This indicates the popularity of blended learning.

Blended learning occurs when traditional teaching methods are enriched with the use of technology. There are many different models of blended learning. They all use technology but in different ways and to different degrees.

Now that we know what blended learning is, let's take some time to look at one specific type of blended learning: the online lab model.

The Online Lab Model Of Blended Learning

Imagine a school where students complete most learning in a computer lab housed in a traditional school. The teaching is done remotely online, but the facility itself is supervised by non-instructional staff who monitors behavior and attendance. This is an example of the online lab model of blended learning. This model is very useful in rural areas and when schools have limited resources.

The online lab model of blended learning delivers most, if not all, content remotely. This is different from strictly online learning in that students gather in a traditional setting to access the computers. However, no face-to-face teachers are required.

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