The Clayton Christensen Institute Launches New "Social Network" of Blended Learning Programs

Blended Learning Universe invites schools to create their own profiles

Feb 02, 2016, 05:00 ET from Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The one-stop-shop for blended learning resources just got a lot more social. Today, the Blended Learning Universe, or BLU, unveiled an exciting upgrade to its already-popular school directory: interactive DIY profiles. With this new feature, blended learning schools can build their own profiles—similar to Facebook or LinkedIn—and share real-time information with parents, funders, and other K-12 schools.

"By allowing schools to create and curate their own profiles, the BLU serves as a hub of connectivity for blended programs worldwide," says Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education at the Clayton Christensen Institute. "We're hopeful that by sharing their blended learning stories, educators can learn from one another about how integrating technology into their schools can lead to new pathways for student success."

The directory boasts nearly 300 profiles from more than 175 school districts across 38 states.

Once a profile is created, schools can choose to showcase their blended model, student demographics, hardware/software tools, and academic results, as well as photos, videos, and qualitative feedback on what's working and what's not. Users can also search using a variety of filters to find nearby schools, schools serving similar demographics, and more.

"We're incredibly excited about the BLU's potential to drive collaboration, performance, and transformation in the education community," says Kenneth Grover, Principal at Innovations Early College High School in Salt Lake. "This could be a real game-changer in the way schools communicate, collaborate, and evolve."

In addition to the new interactive directory, the BLU continues to offer free practical guides, video tutorials, and downloadable worksheets for practitioners, policymakers, parents and innovators working to improve education through blended learning.

For more information, or to create a profile for your school, visit www.blendedlearning.org/directory. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #BLUschool.

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (www.christenseninstitute.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for addressing complex social issues like education and health care.

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