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Classroom and Online Learning

A combination of classroom and online learning is a reality for most students at some point in their educational career, and Common Core studies actively include the use of technological components. Online programs and individual courses can be viewed as either a replacement for the traditional classroom environment or an extension of it, and both approaches expand the meaning of education as well as the techniques and resources available. 

Studies show that student success in class grades terms is independent of the mode of instruction, but overall education and the versatility of the acquired skills set is difficult to assess and compare. Online learning presents challenges in student persistence, but often makes participation easier and less intimidating, thereby potentially increasing the quantity and quality of interactions between students and instructors. Classroom instruction, however, allows for more dynamic real-time interaction that teaches an expansive set of social skills that may be lost in the online classroom. In addition, face-to-face interaction provides teachers with valuable non-quantitative feedback about student performance.

Mentoring Minds embraces both classroom and online learning, as well as hybrid classroom arrangements. Experiencing this mode of learning in grades K-12 can help prepare students for the college environment, in which the rate of enrollment in online courses is rapidly increasing. National governing bodies in education are responding to this increase in enrollment with augmented standards of proof for achieved learning outcomes, improving the overall quality of online education as the field expands.