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Blended: Building Blocks of Education’s Future

By May 20, 2014 February 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Schools are approaching the tipping point of a digital transformation that will change the way the world learns. How can we channel the indisputable surge of online learning into a positive disruptive force that makes life better for students and teachers? How can leaders unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks?

“Blended” (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, November 2014), co-authored by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, will answer these questions and serve as a trusted resource and eye-opener for the builders of the next generation of K-12 learning environments.

“Blended learning is a key element in the march toward personalized learning,” says Staker. “The vast majority of students taking part in online learning are doing so through a blend of online learning and brick-and-mortar school experiences. The world needs educators who understand how to deliver this new model’s full potential.”

The first formal follow-up to the popular “Disrupting Class” (McGraw-Hill, 2008) – which Horn co-authored with Harvard Business School Professor and father of disruptive innovation theory Clayton Christensen – “Blended” looks at the changes taking place in education through the lens of time-tested theories of innovation.

“Our aim is to transform monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centered learning,” says Horn, who is recognized as one of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of technology in education. “In ‘Blended,’ we provide practical guidance to help educators harness the potential of online learning and apply it in a way that creates a personalized learning experience for each individual student.”

Horn, co-founder and executive director of education at the Institute, is a seminal leader of the future of education, focusing on trailblazing work with community leaders and policymakers to better utilize the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres. Author of the pivotal study “The rise of K-12 blended learning,” Staker is a senior research fellow at the Institute and an influential voice in the national dialogue on education reform.

“Blended” is available for pre-orders. You also might be interested in reading “Is K-12 blended learning disruptive?” co-authored by Horn and Staker with Christensen, and listening to Horn’s keynote presentation at the CUE conference.