HyFlex By Any Other Name Is Just As Sweet

Last week I came across this article by Perry Samson in the Educause Review Students Often Prefer In-Person Classes . . . Until They Don’t and I was surprised to find out that the article was about a professor using the HyFlex approach (the three choice HyFlex approach of asynch, synch, and in person) without […]

Using Backchannel Communications to Support HyFlex Teaching and Learning

What is backchannel communication? You have been part of a backchannel communication if you have participated in a Twitter feed during a conference presentation or used Zoom chat in a synchronous Zoom session. The term backchannel was first used by Victor Yngve (1970), a professor of linguistics, to describe the concept of two simultaneous communication […]

To Reuse or Not to Reuse?

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 […]

Overwhelmed by three modalities at once?

Are you considering adding HyFlex to your course delivery offerings? But find yourself a bit overwhelmed? Is the availability of classroom technology holding you back? Budgets are tight? Technology is expensive? While some HyFlex courses “offer three paths for learning: 1) in the classroom, 2) learning synchronously online with a web conferencing tool like zoom, […]

Common Anxieties in Beginning HyFlex: Managing Workload

When asked, faculty and instructional designers often list the same concerns (anxieties, fears) about starting to teach or support HyFlex courses: Managing Workload, Learning to Teach Differently, Preventing Student Confusion and Chaos, Ensuring Student Success in All Modes, and Deficient Technology Resources. Do you (or did you) share any of these at the beginning of […]

Outdoor HyFlex is a Safe and Interactive Way to Teach

We should have known that the return to teaching normalcy would be fraught with obstacles, and one of the biggest is the mask. The mask, along with its cohort, the plexiglas barrier, may be helpful in limiting transmission of airborne pathogens. However, these devices may also be limiting communication. They muffle voices, hide facial expressions, […]

Assessment Efficiency and Effectiveness

One barrier to HyFlex adoption is the time it takes to curate, create, or adapt content for multiple learning modes. In addition, being present in class for multiple modes can be a time challenge. There are learning management system features you can take advantage of and strategies you can employ to take time required for […]