#1 - What is HyFlex? A HyFlex course provides both a classroom and at least one online participation option, or mode, to students. Students are free to choose which option, online or in-person, to use for each class session. Both options meet equivalent learning outcomes.
#2 - What should course developers consider before choosing to design in HyFlex? We can do amazing things when there is a compelling need for flexibility in learning. In many cases, HyFlex delivery is a must: students may need the flexibility to access courses due to competing life demands. This need drives changes in design and delivery. On the other hand, a university will need to consider potential technology skill gaps in faculty and students as well as technology access gaps with students who may not have laptops or reliable internet access.
#3 - As faculty developers, how can we teach our faculty to use HyFlex? Students learn by doing. I propose faculty learn HyFlex by actively participating in a HyFlex modality. If you deliver your faculty development courses in HyFlex modality, you will model best practices and encourage faculty to try this modality. We all learn through lived experiences and faculty are no exception.
#4 - What are some overall best practices faculty developers should emphasize when teaching about HyFlex? Ensure that basic technology skills are being covered, even if you think they are something everyone should know. Emphasize the importance of learner choice, equivalence, reuse, and accessibility.
#5 - Do you have any additional resources? Yes! My latest venture has been creating a thriving community where educators and professionals can join together and share their experiences with HyFlex learning. Please visit and join our Hyflex Learning Community and get involved in the conversation!
HyFlex is intriguing because it provides a rigorous alternative to in-classroom participation while also providing a high degree of customization for student needs. Doing it well involves universally accessibility to all learners, allowing the learner to choose fully developed participation options, online or face-to-face. Both modalities lead to equivalent outcomes, all while creating a space for student artifacts that can be re-used.