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Benefits of HyFlex

Faculty often find there are many benefits to teaching a HyFlex course, including increasing enrollment in traditionally under-enrolled classes, providing a rigorous alternative to classroom participation when students are not in class in-person, developing the capacity to teach fully online (possibly in boith synchronous and asynchronous modes) when needed, and supporting the individual participation-related needs of students, including allowing a high degree of customization for students based on learning and inteeraction preference.
Category: Benefits of HyFlex

Three common benefits are to: 1) serve students unable to attend classes in person (due to a time or location conflict) – increasing access for students and enrollments for schools, 2) schedule large in-person class meetings in smaller rooms – when the participation patterns support this presumption (that not all students will want to participate in a classroom setting), and 3) supporting instructional (and learning) continuity – HyFlex allows classes to continue during times when face-to-face teaching is not possible due to a pandemic, natural disaster, or any other event preventing students from learning on campus.

Students find that the ability to choose whether to attend and participate in class session in the classroom or online is very valuable. Even when students are not likely to attend class in person (perhaps they live a long way from campus), they report appreciating the option to attend in person if they want or need to. Other benefits include: more learning opportunities through LMS materials and activities, more control over their pace of learning, more schedule flexibility (when multiple classes are offered HyFlex), and the ability to learn how to learn online without committing to an “only-online” course.

Faculty Experience

Faculty often find there are many benefits to teaching a HyFlex course, including increasing enrollment in traditionally under-enrolled classes, providing a rigorous alternative to classroom participation when students are not in class in-person, developing the capacity to teach fully online (possibly in boith synchronous and asynchronous modes) when needed, and supporting the individual participation-related needs of students, including allowing a high degree of customization for students based on learning and inteeraction preference.

Student Choice

Students find that the ability to choose whether to attend and participate in class session in the classroom or online is very valuable. Even when students are not likely to attend class in person (perhaps they live a long way from campus), they report appreciating the option to attend in person if they want or need to. Other benefits include: more learning opportunities through LMS materials and activities, more control over their pace of learning, more schedule flexibility (when multiple classes are offered HyFlex), and the ability to learn how to learn online without committing to an “only-online” course.

Author

  • Brian Beatty

    Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University. At SFSU, Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a “student-directed-hybrid” approach to better support student learning.