Hybrid Flexible Class: A Professor’s Guide to Hyflex Teaching
How to conquer teaching during a pandemic
We have to recognize that educators have responded amazingly to the abrupt shift to online teaching. Of course, it hasn’t been easy, but in general terms, it all worked out pretty well.
I mean, we were agile.
We adapted and effectuate with the resources we had at hand and tried to continue providing our very best to our students. Other organizations couldn’t adapt that well. Many just closed down and went out of service.
We can criticize as much as we like, but let’s admit it, educators adapted fast. Chapeau.
However, we were reacting to a first-in-our-times pandemic. It caught us unnoticed. We had no choice. Adapt was our only option.
Now is time to prepare for the new normal. If we can call it normal.
A second wave of the pandemic is just around the corner. In the U.S. and South America, we are still struggling to control for the first wave.
So, no matter how much we miss our students and classrooms, we have to come around the idea that remote learning will be our new normal.
But we need to be prepared. If we want to keep our sanity and that of our students, we can’t continue functioning in an urgent-crisis-mode, not for long.
We need to think about more appropriate teaching and learning methods that encourage interaction, reflection, learning, skills development while still guaranteeing safety and health conditions to professors and students.
Below, I discuss why hybrid and flexible (Hyflex) approach is an exceptional alternative to 100% online or in-person teaching. I go through 4 crucial factors to consider when transitioning to Hyflex courses and how to provide an effective learning opportunity for all students.
Let’s begin by understanding what Hyflex is.
The Hyflex approach
The Hyflex (Hybrid-flexible) approach was first created by Brian Beatty who is Associate Professor of instructional technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State…