Rossland Secondary School will be one of the first schools in British Columbia to delve into a new realm of learning called blended learning.
The goal is to provide personalized and inquiry based learning in a blended learning environment, which will offer students a variety of courses, even within a smaller school environment.
Karen Lavender, the school’s new principal, said that blended learning incorporates online tools with face-to-face teaching.
The new approach will only affect grades 10-12 at the school, as administration switches to a 21st Century learning model.
The model aligns RSS with the goals of the B.C. Education Plan, put out by the provincial government.
The blended learning structure leaves behind set timetables and gives students a structure of open resource areas and structured seminar times.
Students will use Moodle, an online course management system, to organize their studies.
Though they will use online components, Lavender cautioned that it is not online learning, as traditional teachers will still be teaching. The online protion will just be a component of the course work.
Teachers will collaborate on planning, facilitating and assessing student work while also working with students individually.