Flexible Learning Models
FLEXIBLE LEARNING MODELS CENTRAL TO THE PATH BACK
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all to re-think many aspects of everyday life, including education. OLMA's Fall 2020 Reopening Plan was designed to ensure the OLMA community's health and safety and provide exceptional academics and meaningful student experiences.
Central to our success was the development of the Hybrid Flex Learning Model. It delivers on all fronts and enables us to turn on a dime, should we need to temporarily go fully remote, or return to campus full time.
Introducing Hybrid Flex
Academic success hinges on the cognitive, social and emotional well-being of a student. Central to this positive development of all students is an intentional, structured, and supported learning model that considers the critical facets of growth essential to realize academic success.
The strength of our OLMA sisterhood is evident in our desire to be united as one. While coming back to campus this fall must be reimagined, so too must our learning model for academic success. This is where our journey on The Path Back begins — with the OLMA Hybrid Flex blueprint for learning.
The Hybrid Flex model's foundation is multidimensional, supporting students' academic, social, and emotional development, considering the need for both classroom and distance learning at an unprecedented time. Its framework is constructed following research-based methods for hybrid learning, including best practices for distance learning. It is supported by maximizing face-to-face time with teachers while providing a robust online learning program designed to strengthen and advance, not replace classroom education.
OLMA's Hybrid Flex model of learning brings students to campus at least two days a week, focusing on constructive educational opportunities and purposeful student engagement. Distance learning will be implemented on the remaining days of the week through a structured and supportive online learning program.
"Flex Days" have been incorporated into the scaffolding of the hybrid model of learning to deliver meaningful opportunities, whether it be on-campus or online, to support the OLMA Sisterhood and overall student, teacher, and staff experience. These include, but are not limited to, class meetings, Mass and Communion services, faculty planning, sisterhood activities, socio-emotional learning, and academic support. Together, on-campus and distance learning within the Hybrid Flex structure will focus on the inclusion of academic support mechanisms and reinforce a culture of accountability critical to student success within a hybrid learning environment. Ultimately, this model also provides for the flexibility of successfully returning to full distance learning if compulsory and increasing time on campus when achievable.
For a graphic on the science behind blended learning models like the Hybrid Flex, as well as additional details on both in-person and distance learning days, CLICK HERE or on the infographics on the right.
Distance Learning Days
The Hybrid Flex learning model features two-to-three Distance Learning Days per week. On those days, students work asynchronously through content and lecture material posted in the Google classrooms. Students check-in at specific times for accountability and attendance purposes. Synchronous meetings take place while on campus for Hybrid Flex learners. Students who have chosen a fully remote learning option for this school year meet with their teachers virtually and individually on an ongoing basis.