I get that one of the benefits of HyFlex courses is that you can reuse course material but I struggle with this. I like to personalize my material based on the current students and for me, that’s most organically done by creating new material for each cohort. I tailor lessons based on their interests and customize examples to best suit their needs. I also like to speak directly to asynchronous students in my recordings. I reuse material when students grant me permission to share video assignments with future cohorts but because I’m continually fine-tuning my assignments, the example videos are usually only relevant for the upcoming cohort of students.
I teach in a helping-related profession, preparing students to support individuals across complex sectors such as health care and mental health, which, are often in a state of flux. Students practice a variety of practical skills in the program such as creating support plans and facilitating care conferences. I want students to feel as comfortable as possible when demonstrating their acquired skills and one of the ways I do this is by speaking to them in the here and now and within the context of the current climate of the various sectors they’re learning about.
I imagine that for certain subjects, recycled material may flow more seamlessly, and of course, will also be dependent on variables such as the professor’s teaching style.
I share this blog post to highlight that just because someone has been teaching in a HyFlex delivery format for a few years, doesn’t mean they have it all figured out. I’m also not sure there is in fact a goal post of having things figured out. But rather, the beauty of this platform is to connect with fellow educators to learn from one another. And hey, maybe there’s a different way of looking at the situation that I haven’t considered. Or maybe it’s okay for HyFlex courses to have different advantages for different subject matters. Regardless, it’s a chance to learn from one another!