High five for HyFlex.
The past few years have spotlighted the inability of certain higher ed structures to meet students’ and instructors’ needs. But for many classes, HyFlex offers solutions—and ActiveClass is the perfect fit for this instruction model.
What is HyFlex?
HyFlex is shorthand for “hybrid flexible,” and in a nutshell, it refers to a model of instruction that allows the students in a given class to choose whether they learn in person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online.
From the student's POV
It doesn't matter how they attend. Just that they do.
HyFlex can help students continue to learn and collaborate, even when life throws curveballs their way. Tools like ActiveClass can make your course an engaging hybrid-flexible space where students can access lectures, share content, participate in discussion, and complete activities and assignments regardless of how they attend.
“All the things I was looking for in a program started to emerge: student-centered, flexible, choose how you participate, online or in person. Regardless of how I choose to attend in any week, I always feel like a full participant.”
-Jacqueline Adams, Student
From the instructor's POV
Students aren't the only ones who need flexibility.
Instructors experience curveballs, too, and their unique classes require unique structures. HyFlex offers options. Some instructors find that offering only two modalities, in-person and asynchronous, best suits their course and students. Some use the same course content across all modalities. Some choose different content for different delivery modes. And the HyFlex model makes it easy to pivot last minute should the need arise.
See how ActiveClass supports HyFlex.
Dr. Brian Beatty
aka "The Godfather of HyFlex"
Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University
"ActiveClass provides communication tools that go well beyond the traditional LMS discussions we've used for decades in higher education. Innovative and socially oriented message feeds and integrated assignment submission, discussion, and grading tools enable HyFlex and online teachers to encourage and facilitate more engagement among students in all participation modes they may use."
Student Survey Says:
Want to take courses as a combination of in-person and online instruction.
Want to use more digital materials and digital resources in their courses.
Want more technology used in fully in-person courses.
From the Institution's POV
Is HyFlex worth it?
College students want more flexibility and more technology in their courses, and the HyFlex model is built to offer them, hand in hand. So how to determine if HyFlex is a worthy project for your institution? We love this higher-ed-specific ROI model, which incorporates the value of social outcomes such as grades, retention, graduation, and access to resources in addition to economics.
Can implementing HyFlex help your institution meet its goals?
ActiveClass in HyFlex
- Share content from various platforms
- Upload pre-recorded presentations
- Livestream presentations
- Access course materials on demand
- Start and participate in threaded, social-media-like discussions
- DM their instructors and their peers
- Upload pre-recorded lectures
- Livestream lectures
- Offer backchannel communication during in-person lectures
- Share content from various platforms
- Kick off threaded discussions about content and concepts
- Post class updates
- Message students
- Assign and grade discussions
- Receive student engagement insights
- Offer students more flexibility
- Increase student access to resources
- Create engaging higher ed communities
- Help students build support networks
- Increase retention
- Improve outcomes
"Technology like this helps us solve one of the most perplexing and persistent problems in HyFlex and online courses: meaningful and substantial student engagement with each other and with the instructor."
-Dr. Brian Beatty
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