3. Virtual Learning Labs & Blended Learning Communities
Virtual Learning Labs (VLLs) and Blended Learning Communities (BLCs) are a great opportunity to provide engaging, online curriculum to your students. Both offer innovative learning solutions to your school, including the ability to introduce new courses, fix scheduling conflicts, and provide opportunities for students to make up credits. VLLs and BLCs can provide your school with options where none existed before.
The primary difference between a BLC and VLL is the level of instructional support. In a VLL, instructional visits are recommended, but not required. Students work on a virtual course in a lab setting, while a facilitator monitors students and provides classroom management. In a BLC, instructional visits are expected. Direct instruction is provided synchronously or asynchronously in addition to the virtual course. Students receive regular instruction from their teacher and a facilitator in the lab provides classroom management in addition to direct instruction if he/she is a certified teacher.
In a both a VLL and BLC, FLVS provides both curriculum and highly-qualified, state-certified instructors, plus support and training for facilitators. Your school provides the facilitator (does not need to be a certified instructor), computer lab, and phone access for students, as well as a list of courses needed and student enrollments.
To learn more about starting a VLL or BLC, or for more information about some of the unique ways schools are using VLLs and BLCs to meet their specific needs. Contact your FLVS District Relations Manager.