“Exactly what I think my classroom should be”: Reflections from in-service P-12 educators in an online graduate program for blended and personalized learning
Abstract: Blended and personalized learning have received attention from entities wanting to implement student-focused pedagogies, such as P–12 school districts, the United States Department of Education, and grant-offering organizations. The push for blended and personalized learning has been further promoted due to the COVID–19 pandemic that forced many P–12 teachers to teach online for the first time in their careers. The pandemic has also created a great educational divide between students who are on grade level, above grade level, and below grade level. To prepare teachers for blended and personalized learning, Texas Tech University has partnered with school districts across the state of Texas to develop online personalized graduate pathways (a 5-course graduate certificate, 36-hour master’s concentration, and a doctoral specialization that is in development) that prepare P–12 educators to implement blended and personalized teaching and learning. In this Best Practices session, we share an overview of our online course offerings and programs; our Blended and Personalized Learning Framework of competencies for teachers, students, and technology use; as well as reactions from graduate students who have completed our Blended Learning/Personalized Learning courses. We believe this information will be of interest to other academics interested in supporting teachers in conceptualizing and implementing blended and personalized learning.