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UCF welcomes faculty, staff, and students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. For information and resources related to BlendFlex and Remote instruction, please refer to UCF Keep Teaching (for faculty) and UCF Keep Learning (for students) pages. Additionally, be sure to review Our Promise to Support the UCF Community and see how everyone at the Division of Digital Learning is here to support our Knights.

The BlendFlex Model as a Delivery Strategy for Courses with Face-to-Face Components in Fall 2020

We expect that the 2020-2021 academic year will require a significant amount of flexibility on the part of both faculty and students. The BlendFlex delivery model, as described here, is intended to offer the maximum flexibility possible to accommodate a variety of shifting scenarios without compromising UCF’s high academic quality expectations.

Background

  • UCF must maintain maximum flexibility for instructional delivery.
  • UCF will need to maintain physical distancing guidelines within physical classrooms (COVID capacity). While UCF would like to move face-to-face classes to larger classrooms, there may not be enough physical rooms to move all courses to larger spaces.
  • UCF does not want to create an instructional “class system” where some students only get an in-person experience and some students only receive a remote experience.
  • In any given class, at any given point in the term, any number of students or the faculty may need to be remote for short or long durations.

How BlendFlex Works

  • For any typical instructional week, the class would be split into smaller groups that meet physical distancing requirements in the assigned space. You would only be permitted to attend one in-person class meeting per week. For example, in a class that typically has 100 students enrolled, 33 students would physically meet on Monday, 33 would meet on Wednesday, and 34 students would meet on Friday. See the illustration below.
  • When not in a physical class, you will “attend” the equivalent of the weekly instruction remotely either synchronously (live stream) or asynchronously (through a recorded session).
  • For very large sections or those with a twice-per-week meeting schedule, students may need to be split into additional groups and limited to a once-per-every-other-week in-person meeting schedule (or other arrangements) in order to comply with physical distancing guidelines.
  • You cannot choose which day to attend in person; your only option is your assigned cohort day. Should you choose to not attend on your assigned day, that is your prerogative within your instructor’s attendance requirements.
  • A real-time video feed and/or a recording of each class session will be available to those students not in the classroom on a given day.
Monday

Lecture 1

Group A
(Groups B & C remote)

Monday
Wednesday

Lecture 2

Group B
(Groups C & A remote)

Wednesday
Friday

Lecture 3

Group C
(Groups A & B remote)

Friday

Typical BlendFlex Delivery Model for a Week of Instruction

Success in the BlendFlex Model

  • Communication is key. UCF encourages faculty to remain flexible and communicative throughout instruction in the BlendFlex model. As a student, it is equally important to stay in contact with your instructors and communicate any concerns.
  • Review the course syllabus and become familiar with any attendance policies. Your instructor’s attendance policies should be taken into consideration should you choose to not attend on your assigned in-class day.