Our educational framework at Xspace takes its roots in blended learning, which combines traditional classroom learning methods with technology-mediated activities. Students view course materials from a digital course interface that is set up and designed by an accredited online teacher. At the same time, students attend structured classes and work with Xspace facilitators on course materials. Classes can occur either a physical or virtual classroom, depending on program location.
Xspace also integrates the flipped classroom approach into its educational model – an overturned version of a typical coursework model. In the traditional school setting, students acquire new information during class, and are asked by the teacher to apply that information at home as they work on homework and assignments independently. A flipped classroom reverses the model, meaning that students preview content at home independently, and then attend classes and work on coursework under the guidance of a facilitator, allowing students to experiment, safely make errors, and ask questions.
Xspace’s online-offline learning team model is uniquely developed based on years of working with ELL students in the blended learning industry. The model is built upon a team of online and offline educators who work systematically together to create the most effective learning experience possible for students. In the online setting, students work mainly with their Xspace class facilitator and study advisor. The class facilitator oversees the delivery of course materials to students and identify areas of learning to students; the study advisor meets regularly with students after class to track overall academic progress and advise on learning habits. In the offline setting, students engage with their Xspace counsellor, who works with students on graduation/post-secondary planning and soft skills development.
In the Xspace system, students belong to a mini campus that is specific to their area of residence, no matter where they are in the world. In this mini campus, students engage with other peers who are taking Xspace courses, and participate in local events led by Xspace counsellors that promote community outreach and service, such as community clean-up, senior home visits, etc. Xspace’s mini campuses serve as a platform for students to become leaders in their community while pursuing their studies in an online manner. Students from various campuses connect with each other online regularly to exchange and share ideas for community initiatives.