The New Mexico Public Education Department’s Blended Learning Bureau empowers students and teachers to maximize their unique talents, extended learning time, and emerging technologies to transform the educational experiences and achievements of students throughout New Mexico.
WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?
Blended learning is not the same as technology-enabled instruction. It goes beyond one-to-one computers and high-tech gadgets. Blended learning involves leveraging the internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, meaning increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of his or her learning.
The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns:
- at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
- at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and
- the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
WHAT WE DO
- Increase awareness/support through key communication opportunities (Digital Learning Day, etc.), highlight best practices, and provide high-impact learning opportunities for practitioners in the field.
- Expand access to supplemental online learning courses to New Mexico students, particularly advanced placement.
- Design, develop, and continually iterate on an open-source learning management system for all New Mexico educators.
- Launch and support blended learning efforts in New Mexico districts and charter schools.
LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The Blended Learning Bureau utilizes the Canvas open-source learning management system (LMS). The LMS is available to all New Mexico public school districts and charter schools. The LMS enables you to:
- Utilize the platform to document, deliver, track, and report on coursework
- Administer assignments and assessments
- Track student progress
- Manage record-keeping, including gradebooks