Students are increasingly demanding a flexible learning environment that fits their learning styles and busy schedules. The University of St. Thomas is exploring the use of the HyFlex model of blended delivery to meet this demand. HyFlex is a conceptual framework that combines synchronous and asynchronous online components with face-to-face components in a single course and allows students their choice of participation mode each class session. During summer 2017, instructor Jim Shovein delivered FINC 321 in the HyFlex delivery model using an active learning classroom, the Canvas LMS, Zoom web-conferencing, Panopto video platform, a smart board, and with the support of staff from St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR). Due to advances in cloud technology, this model is now more feasible for widespread adoption, and additional HyFlex courses and programs are under development. In this session we will share our experiences with the HyFlex model and you will have the opportunity to participate in a simulated HyFlex experience. Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the HyFlex model of course delivery and the technologies needed to support this model.
2. Discuss the perspectives of IT support, faculty, and administrators related to implementation of HyFlex courses.
3. Participate in a simulated HyFlex experience.
Topic Area(s): Online & Hybrid Learning
Glori Hinck DC, EdD is an instructional designer for the University of St. Thomas eLearning and Research Center (STELAR). In this role, she helps drive educational innovation and supports faculty in technology integration and in the design and delivery of online and blended courses.