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iNACOL Releases New Report on Promising Practices in Blended Learning

Washington, D.C. – Today, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) released a new report, Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008-2015.

This iNACOL report explores the development of blended learning from 2008-2015, the evolution of definitions across blended learning models and effective blended instructional strategies grounded in case studies. The paper depicts how schools are implementing blended learning, increasing student engagement and academic success, and using digital content and curricula for data-driven instructional models while empowering youth. The case studies illustrate a range of blended learning implementations and provide insights for increasing program effectiveness.

“Blended learning models place the student at the center of the learning process,” said Allison Powell, iNACOL Vice President for New Learning Models. “Educators identify student learning gaps quickly and differentiate instruction accordingly, personalizing instruction using technology.”

Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, said, “Blended learning requires a cultural shift in the instructional model with a growth mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit of continuous improvement. It is not layering technology onto old instructional models. Pioneers in blended learning are using technology as an engine for personalization, deeper learning and to optimize student success.”

In 2008, iNACOL published a series of Promising Practices papers in K-12 blended and online learning. In the last five years, transformative policy and practice changes accelerated the shift toward personalized learning and iNACOL is updating the promising practices research for pioneering educators and policy makers working toward transformed, student-centered learning environments.

To download a full copy of Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008-2015, please visit here.


About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focused on research; developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access; developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education; and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, district and state leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit

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