A Hybrid-Flexible or HyFlex course is a student-centered model of class delivery that can integrate in-class instruction, online synchronous video sessions, or asynchronous content delivery. As an instructor, you deliver the class as you would in a regular classroom, but students may attend in person, participate in the class through video conferencing, or watch a recording of the class session.
This model provides the most flexibility for students. From the instructor’s perspective, it can be challenging because you need to pay attention to and plan for multiple audiences. Effectively teaching with this model requires much more planning than teaching to a regular class or even to an online-only class.
The following materials provide an overview of how to design HyFlex instruction. Challenges as well as suggestions about ways to overcome those challenges are identified to help you teach effectively using this model. Additional resources are also provided to help you be successful.
When you are preparing to teach a HyFlex course you need to plan as if you were teaching an online course and you need to plan for how you will manage your in-class learning activities so that they are engaging for people in the room and connected synchronously. Instructors need to pay attention to both pedagogical and technology considerations.
When designing course materials and planning learning activities, make sure you’re taking into account any accessibility needs your students may have.
The first step to preparing to teach in a HyFlex class is to develop your course site as if you were teaching a fully online class. The University at Buffalo Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) has a detailed website about Online Teaching. You may also want to contact your departmental instructional support staff for guidance and school specific resources.
Developing a comprehensive course site in Blackboard/UB Learns is an important part of teaching effectively using the HyFlex model. This will be the primary means you use to communicate, and provide information and resources to your students.
When preparing to teach your class you need to pay attention to both pedagogical and technology considerations.
Become familiar with the specific technology in your classroom
Prepare a technology back up plan and share it with your students so they know what to do in case the technology malfunctions
Teaching to a classroom full of in-person students while connected simultaneously to other students, through video conferencing, is challenging! To be successful you need to plan ahead:
Once you have finished planning how to teach your course and conducting a “test run,” you’re ready to deliver the class. The student “look and feel” will vary depending upon which modalities you are planning on offering.
For comprehensive resources, visit UB Teach Anywhere. For help with learning how to use the technology in your classroom or for support on how to use Panopto or Zoom contact the UBIT helpdesk or visit their support site, UB Information Technology.
For help on teaching strategies and how to prepare your materials for HyFlex teaching contact the Center for Educational Innovation or your departmental instructional support staff.
Articles and Books about the HyFlex model
This is an open educational textbook that describes the HyFlex Model
2 page fact sheet on what Hyflex is, where it is going, and what the implications are for Higher Ed.
Resources covering specific teaching strategies
This is a good resource for thinking through issues of getting started with HyFlex teaching. Their main website also provides good resources.
This has some excellent resources on how to structure your learning activities to reach both your seated and remote students. Just note they use the term Hybrid as opposed to HyFlex, but we are describing the same type of delivery.
This is a longer document that walks you through the entire process of developing a HyFlex course. It has some helpful tables and charts outlining differences in activities depending on how students are attending the class. It also has some good worksheets to help faculty outline their learning objectives and how to align those with learning objectives and assessments.
Published July 23, 2020
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