July 12-13: The What, Why, Who, and How of Blended Learning Study Circle: Day 1, Post 2

Welcome to our 2-day study circle on the LINCS resource, The What, Why, Who, and How of Blended Learning! Thank you to Ashly Winkle, moderator of the Integrating Technology CoP for joining us as we talk about the benefits of continuing blended learning even as learning centers reopen.

If you haven't already, stop by the first post of the day to chime in!

Here's our second question of focus for July 12:

  • Page 12 highlights the importance of increasing students’ digital literacy in order to lead to learning. What tips do you have to ramp up digital skills ahead of instruction?


I would revise the pyramid to show that learning takes place at each level to achieve the outcomes described for basic digital literacy, using the Internet, and curricular outcomes. Also, it needs to be much more flexible and dynamic than a vertical pathway. In today’s pioneering learning paradigms, people are becoming dynamic learners -- to be their own teachers, able to ask themselves good, new questions and guide both virtual and collaborative F2F efforts and tools in answering them. On a practical level, teachers need to design blended learning activities that help students learn both the new learning model and the content in a project-based fashion. This will help students to acquire and apply information and digital tools for longer retention and transfer to other learning technologies, e.g., LMSs, apps, Learning Layouts, as they access them at different levels of education, at home, and in the workplace.