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 […]

Summarizing the Messages to Various Adoption Groups

Originally posted on February 22, 2011 by Brian Beatty Here is a summary of the last set of posts. First Adopters, or Techies: (Developers/discoverers of innovative practices) Risk tolerance: Very high General message: “This is new, and it may apply to your field or work!” HyFlex context: Faculty member or Academic Technology staff support person develops the capacity to teach both online […]

Laggards (Skeptics): What can you do with those whose heels are dug in and just won’t budge?

Originally posted on February 10, 2011 by Brian Beatty In most social organizations there is a small group of people who simply refuse to change their practices from the way they’ve always done something, even when the majority of their “peers” have adopted a new way. This group is the non-adopters, “Laggards” or “Skeptics,” and most of them will […]

Late Majority: Conservatives are finally convinced of the need to change

Originally posted on February 4, 2011 by Brian Beatty The second, and last, majority group in most social organizations to adopt an innovation is called the “Late Majority.” You’ve probably heard the term “better late than never,” and that perfectly describes this group’s adoption timing. Late majority adopters are often the more conservative people in the organization, at […]

Early Adopters: Providing initiative and support for the first value-driven implementations

Originally posted on January 18, 2011 by Brian Beatty In my previous post I described the role of “First Adopters” – the techies – in the diffusion of innovation process applied to HyFlex teaching and learning. Their role is to find new ways to help students learn and faculty teach, with or without technology, without much regard to […]

Working with First Adopters – The “Techies”

Originally posted on January 13, 2011 by Brian Beatty The first people in your organization to adopt an innovative practice like HyFlex would fall into the “First Adopter” (or “Innovator”) category of Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations conceptual model. In the world of technology, we might call these people “Techies.” (You may want to read Crossing the Chasm, by Geoffrey Moore […]

Accelerate Adoption: Communicate within and among Faculty Peer Groups

Originally posted on December 15, 2010 by Brian Beatty Note: I advocate the HyFlex delivery approach for faculty, students, in courses or disciplines where instruction can be effective with both classroom and online delivery. This discussion is targeted at situations where HyFlex delivery make good sense, solving important problems or leveraging some significant new opportunity. It takes more than […]