Teaching a hybrid or hyflex course takes some planning before the semester begins. To help you prepare, we have asked nine UNC Greensboro instructors questions regarding their recent experiences teaching either hybrid or hyflex format. The videos in the sections below summarize the responses of the nine UNCG instructors.
Special thanks to the following faculty members for their contributions to the content of this teaching guide: Dr. Adam Berg (Kinesiology), Dr. DeAnne Brooks (Kinesiology), Melanie Carrico (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies), Dr. Eric Drollette (Kinesiology), Tammy Gruer (Library & Information Sciences), Dr. Channelle James (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism), Dr. Jessica McCall (Communication Studies), Dr. Traci Parry (Kinesiology) and Dr. Brenda Ross (Spanish).
Students are required to attend both an in-class session typically once a week and complete the remainder of their coursework online. Students may or may not be required to attend additional class sessions, or participate in activities like discussion boards, virtually as part of class attendance.
Students have flexibility regarding how they want to participate in the course including in-class sessions, online synchronous sessions and asynchronous online. Students can select different options throughout the semester. Instructors may or may not require prior approval or notification of how a student plans to attend each week. Instructors prepare for both in class and online instruction for all weeks of the class.
Planning for a new course modality starts with mapping your course to ensure that the course meets the student learning objectives. Consider creating a course map as your starting point.
Mapping your Course – From the Online Course Mapping Guide. This is a great resource for planning for different course modalities.
ITS Learning Technology has created two Canvas templates that UNCG faculty can download and use to create a hybrid structure for your class. Watch this brief video to peek at these templates and learn how to download them into your Canvas site from the Canvas Commons.
Hybrid Course Elements – This resource comes from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Center for Teaching and Learning. This resource walks through the process of converting an existing face-to-face course into a hybrid course.
Hybrid Course Design – This resource comes from Wichita State University, OIR Instructional Design. This resource has a great hybrid course design website including considerations for planning, various approaches, and examples.
Hybrid Syllabi – This resource comes from the Oregon State University, Center for Teaching and Learning. This resource has a syllabus checklist, template, and sample syllabi that you can review. Your syllabus is your first tool in your course to set expectations for your students for the semester.
The Blended Course Design Workbook (2017) by Kathryn E. Linder. The UNCG library has an eBook located here. (This link requires you to use your UNCG credentials for access.)
7 Things you should know about the hyflex course model – This Educause resource provides a two-page description of the hyflex course approach including why it is significant and the downsides.
Fall Scenario #13: A Hyflex Model – This Inside Higher Ed article shares the details of a hyflex scenario including considerations.
COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2020: A Closer Look at Hybrid-Flexible Course Design – This Phil On EdTech article defines hyflex and a sample lesson plan to show how to plan for both synchronous and asynchronous learning.
HyFlex Teaching with Jeni Hayman – This video features an interview with a faculty member at Cambrian College who shares her experience teaching a hyflex course.
What is Hybrid Learning? – This resource comes from Penn State University, Hybrid Learning. This resource has great lists of considerations and best practices that are worth a peek as you prepare.
Modifying Active Learning Activities for Distancing Table – This resource is a collaborative document facilitated by Louisana Student University. It offers alternatives to popular teaching strategies when teaching in different course modalities.
Online or Hybrid Course Syllabus: Suggested Guidelines, Best Practices, and Examples – This comprehensive document was developed by the Online Learning Advisory Council. This is a large document, give it a minute to download.
Best Practice for Hyflex Courses – This document summarizes best practices from the UTLC, Learning Technologies, and the Academic ITCs.
Unit 1: What is Hyflex. This resource comes from Open Library. This comprehensive resource walks through the design and facilitation process of hyflex course. Use the menu option on the left to explore additional content related to hyflex course development.
Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing Student-Directed Hybrid Classes – This ebook by Brian Beatty walks first-time hyflex instructors through the design process. Beatty taught the first hyflex course at San Francisco State University.
Building a HyFlex Course to Support Student Success – This webinar features a conversation with Dr. Wendy Tietz of Kent State University who shares her experience of building best practices into a HyFlex delivery format.
Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom: What’s working, What’s not – This resource is from Vanderbilt University, Center for Teaching and Learning. This blog post introduces an overview of opportunities and challenges in hybrid teaching with suggestions on how to build engagement.
Getting to know the Hyflex classroom – This resource is from the University of Oregon, Office of the Provost. The university piloted hyflex courses with over 20 faculty. This resource shares a summary from participating pilot faculty sharing their insights, challenges and strategies for success.
Set the expectations for your students early in the semester. Consider the following strategies to help students be successful in your course. Use the additional resources below to find suggestions for wording and communication approaches.
Structuring Community & Sustaining Expectations – This resource was created by Central Michigan University to introduce sample syllabus language for hyflex courses, tracking attendance, group work best practices, and brief video series about collaborative learning and classroom management.
Hyflex Learning Option, What is Hyflex? – This resource was created by Genesee Community College. This resource shares a list of student responsibilities in a hyflex course.
Classroom Management Strategies for Hyflex Instruction: Setting Students Up for Success in the Hybrid Environment – The resource is located in the National Library of Medicine, PMC PubMed Central. This resource explains strategies for sharing expectations with students and various classroom management strategies for a hyflex course.
Hybrid Syllabi – This resource comes from Oregon State University, Center for Teaching and Learning. This resource provides sample hybrid course syllabi for ideas on how to plan your semester.
Hybrid Course Planning – This resource comes from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Center for Teaching and Learning. This resource gives examples of how to plan to use class instructional time and online resources to meet the needs of the course.
Student Choice, Instructor Flexibility: Moving Beyond the Blended Instructional Model by Jackie B Miller, Mark D. Risser and Robert P. Griffiths from Ohio State University, published by the University of Arizona, Issues and Trends in Learning Technologies (2013). This journal article presents a brief history of the hyflex model starting with Dr. Brian Beatty’s introduction to the course modality in 2010 in his graduate level courses at San Francisco State University. This resource summarizes a variety of instructional strategies.
Use this Hyflex Checklist to help you prepare for your upcoming hyflex course.
Active learning engages students in the learning process. Instead of just listening to lectures, students complete activities and reflections that question their understanding of the course concepts. Active learning can increase student engagement with the content and their peers.
Hybrid and hyflex courses need to plan and incorporate active learning strategies to evaluate how well students are learning the course content and to build a community of learners. Hybrid classes can use active learning strategies both in-class and online. Hyflex classes can also use these strategies but need to consider how students in all three modalities (in-class, online synchronous and online asynchronous) can participate and feel a part of the community.
Here are some possible active learning strategies that can be used in either hybrid and hyflex classrooms to build community and increase student engagement.
Hybrid Learning, What is Hybrid Learning? – This resource is from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Distance Learning. This resource introduces a clear overview of a well-designed hybrid course to feel like a seamless and continuous learning experience.
Active Learning in your course – This resource is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring. This website provides a Hybrid Instruction Toolkit with details about specific strategies for the hybrid classroom.
Teaching Tools: Active Learning while Physically Distancing – This resource originated at Louisana State University. This resource is a collaborative chart of active learning approaches and how they can be used in different course modalities.
Five Tips for Hybrid/Hyflex Teaching with All Learners in Mind – This resource is from Columbia CTL, Center for Teaching and Learning. This resource provides five tips on how to create a community of learners in a hyflex class.
Active Learning for Online Teaching – This resource is from Texas A&M University, Center for Teaching Excellence. Since it’s recommended that hyflex courses use a strong online course as a foundation, active learning strategies for online courses can be used for ideas and modified to fit both synchronous and asynchronous learning. This resource provides a detailed list of strategies.
Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms – This resource is from Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching. This resource shares specific strategies for active learning for both hybrid and hyflex classes.
The Hyflex Flip, Planning for Courses in Fall 2020 – This blog post comes from José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked. This post shares tips and possible scenarios for hyflex teaching.
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