Rotation Model

1. Rotation Model Overview


According to the Christensen Institute, the Rotation model is “a course or subject in which students rotate on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion between learning modalities, at least one of which is online learning. Other modalities might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. The students learn mostly on the brick-and-mortar campus, except for any homework assignments.”.

There are a few variations of the Rotation Model including Station Rotation (where students rotate between different 'stations' or modalities within the same room, e.g. small group work, online work and break-out instruction with the tutor), Lab Rotation (where students rotate between different physical rooms, e.g. a classroom then a computer lab) and Flipped Classroom.

Note that Flipped Classroom differs slightly in that the emphasis is on students preparing for on-campus classes by completing online tasks. For this reason it has it's own separate module.


Focus questions:

  • What would be the benefits to the tutor and learners of using this model?
  • What would be the constraints or difficulties?
  • What professional development would I need to be able to implement this?
  • What support/development would my learners need?