Gathering Archives

This is an archive of the HyFlex Learning Community gatherings (webinars) hosted regularly for community members and others interested in our efforts to build, sustain and improve teaching and learning using HyFlex approaches. If you’d like to suggest a topic for a future gathering to this list, please use this suggestion form.

May 12, 2022 (recording link:  Passcode required: Zh586+&7  45 min  Transcript and chat included; Link to Mentimeter activity results: PDF file)
This month we discussed “community-sourcing” a HyFlex course evaluation rubric. Many of us use rubrics to evaluate the quality of online course design (and sometimes teaching), but how many have this for their HyFlex courses? None we know of. We started the process of building one together for all of us to use. Our working document is available for HyFlex Learning Community members to view and edit at

April 8, 2022 (recording link:  Passcode required: U^0m5N+T  57 min  Transcript included)
This month we discussed the needed flexibility in our HyFlex courses as more students are telling us they prefer the online mode(s) we offer, and their participation choices are showing this even now. What should we do when all of our students in a HyFlex class choose to participate online and their flexibility takes place between synchronous and asynchronous online modes? Is this still HyFlex when no one chooses the classroom option? We discussed questions like these and shared some dynamic planning documents. Watch the recording for links to those documents in the chat transcript. 

February 28, 2022 (recording link:  Passcode required: Db$3gwGg  50 min  Transcript included)
This month we discussed common barriers to HyFlex adoption and implementation, and new challenges we are seeing at various institutions. You can view some of the notes we captured during the discussion in this Google document, and view the results of our getting started Mentimeter activity. The recording includes not only an audio transcript but also a chat transcript with more of our conversation.

January 19, 2022 (recording link: Passcode required: P^^43hNq   45 min  Transcript included)
This month we discussed a method to transition a single course lesson designed for one mode (such as asynchronous) and design the same lesson for another mode (such as in-person). Dr. Jeanne Samuel led us through the process she has followed and taught others to follow for several years. She has also shared the presentation slides (PDF file) and the worksheet (Word doc) with a Creative Commons license so we can all revise and reuse in our own settings. Thanks, Jeanne!

December 10, 2021 (recording link:  Passcode required:  58w*^MHK   75 min Transcript included)
This month we held an open forum discussion that included topics such as, engagement strategies across learning modes, administrative challenges associated with new definitions of distance education, authentic assessment in HyFlex courses, and settling on a definition of HyFlex for an institution. We also discussed creating a HyFlex Learning Community listserv to support more effective and timely communication among our community members. Watch for that feature soon!

October 27, 2021 (Recording link:  Passcode required:  =qR37B?u   45 min)
This month we discussed designing and teaching an “asynchronous first” flipped course that can become the backbone of your HyFlex course. We spent some time sharing ideas and practices for engaging your asynchronous students as well as bringing them together in discussion with the synchronous students as much as possible. This was an abbreviated session as we dealt with technology issues at the beginning. (Just like we do in some real class situations!)

September 24, 2021 (Recording link: Download   55 min  Transcript Download)
This month we discussed strategies and tactics to engage with students learning in synchronous modes, classroom, and online (web conferencing). So many challenges! And even more great ideas on overcoming those challenges and designing for effective learning in both synchronous modes. Additional resources: Shared Google doc with notes and resource links | Link to the Mentimeter activity we used in the live session

August 20, 2021 (Recording link: Download   60 min  Transcript Download)
This month we explored the Learning Environment Modeling Language (LEML), a graphics-based system used to visually show the structure and flow of a lesson or course and its potential application in the HyFlex course design and evaluation process.Additional resources: Presentation Slides (PDF) | Example LEML diagram for HyFlex unit (simplified)

July 9, 2021 (Recording link: Download  60 min  Transcript Download)
This month, we discussed and brainstormed ways we can support students as they make choices about how they’ll participate in their HyFlex courses. What guidance is needed? What are students likely to use? How can the HyFlex Learning Community support site support faculty and designers in developing support resources? Participants’ ideas, resources, and questions as we launched a collaborative effort to create effective and shareable student support resources for the community. Interested in participating? HyFlex Learning Community members can join in the discussion in the forum focused on the student experience. Additional resources: Presentation Slides | Results from the Mentimeter activity in the webinar | Webinar chat transcript

June 11, 2021 (Recording link: Download 60 min Transcript Download
 Activity and Presentation Slides Download.
Introducing the HyFlex Learning Community. This first gathering focused on exploring, explaining, and discussing the HLC website and the ways we can support each other this year. Participants shared ideas, questions, and suggestions, during Q&A