As theforced college classes online, the higher ed community was buzzing about an instructional model called HyFlex. The concept wasn’t new. In its most basic form, HyFlex, sometimes called hybrid-flexible, to be created in a way that gives students complete control over how and when to participate, either in-person or online. A small subset of .
But the effect of theon instruction brought new attention to it, as more schools saw its potential to address the uncertainties affecting course delivery. Many have come short of full-on HyFlex. However, . That’s partly because the crisis limits how many choices students have in participating in a HyFlex class. Still, they , institutions can learn from how HyFlex was used during this period, should they want to make it a more significant part of their offerings going forward.
Pure HyFlex isn’t an easy win.
Colleges can deliver HyFlex courses in at least two modes:. The online piece can be synchronous or on-demand; some schools provide it both ways.
Hyflex experts encourage colleges to keepin mind as they develop the courses: students should choose how they participate and have the tools and ability to access all course modes. It’s also crucial that each experience and includes many course elements.
“If you consider (the principles) to be slider bars, none of them can be at zero” to call a course HyFlex, said Kevin Kelly, aconsultant and instructor at San Francisco State University. Still, Kelly added, “different flavors” of HyFlex emerge as campuses address their . During the pandemic, for instance, restrictions on in-person gatherings — or students’ and .
Others include whether faculty members have enough pedagogical knowledge or instructionalto produce a HyFlex class that fulfills the required learning outcomes and offers the same level of learning across modes. Whether schools have the technology to with a real-time online experience and whether learners have the internet bandwidth to access classes off-campus are concerns. However, they generally can be designed around while sticking to HyFlex principles.