When designing different types of courses, especially those that are HyFlex, it is extremely important to start with the establishment of clear and measurable course learning objectives (Check out this resource from UNC Charlotte). Once your learning objectives have been established, you can proceed to create participation/engagement activities that best match each of the delivery modalities that you are offering. It is recommended that you begin with the asynchronous activity and then move on to the in-person/virtual activities instead of the other way around. Because the asynchronous assignments are usually the most challenging to create, starting there sets the table for easily adaption into synchronous sessions. In preparing for the synchronous session, the professor can just look at the asynchronous activities, and have that discussion, do those breakouts, and meet the learning objectives in the live environment. Participation can then be easily identified as completion of the asynchronous assignment or engagement in the live sessions. Attendance can be taken, and points can be awarded, according to this participation in any modality.
Calculating student workload across the different delivery modalities can also be a challenge. It is essential that all attendance/delivery modalities meet the same learning objectives, but it is also vitally important that student workload hours are equivalent across these modalities. All institutions have credit hour policies that detail how many hours of student work (in person or online) should equal a credit hour. Generally, in a three-credit course there should between 117.5 and 135 hours of student participation via tasks such as: reading, studying, watching videos, taking tests/quizzes, listening to lectures, presenting, etc… A typical three-credit in person course would have approximately 40 hours of in the seat participation and 80 hours out of class participation. In its optimal form, the HyFlex approach additionally requires faculty to provide equivalent asynchronous activities for those who chose not to attend and participate in the synchronous (in person or virtual) opportunities. The time it takes students to participate in each activity (synchronously or asynchronously) is challenging to calculate, but tools like the Course Workload Estimator 2.0 from Wake Forest University make it much easier. This tool can help faculty calculate both seat/synchronous time and out of the seat/asynchronous time in a way that can ensure equivalency between modalities.