"HyFlex (hybrid + flexibility) course design provides a hybrid format for face-to-face and online students and adds a flexible participation policy for students. Students may choose to attend face-to-face synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without attending class in person. In a HyFlex course, the instructor provides instructional structure, content, and activities to meet the needs of students participating both in class and online." (Beatty, 2012)
OVID-19 triggered an existential crisis for American higher education. Faced with few safe choices, most colleges and universities switched to remote learning during the 2020 spring semester. The future, however, provides more choices about how institutions can fulfill their mission of teaching and research. But how do we begin to make decisions in an uncertain and shifting environment?
As the pandemic wears on, expect heavier teaching loads, more service requirements, and more time online.
This article is excerpted from a new faculty handbook for surviving the pandemic, featuring essential advice and tools for adapting to the new campus landscape.
Select courses at institutions in Georgia and Minnesota, students toggle between face-to-face, synchronous online and asynchronous online -- the volume of each is up to them. Data suggest the approach has been successful.