What is HyFlex?
HyFlex, short for Hybrid-Flexible, is a course design method and teaching approach that was designed to better accommodate student needs by combining online and classroom-based components. Its beginnings are credited to the Instructional Technologies (ITEC) graduate program at San Francisco State University, where instructors were looking for ways to make their courses more accessible to students who could not attend in person while still maintaining a traditional classroom component. Their solution: create class content and material that could be accessed either in the classroom or online and allow students the flexibility to choose their learning path.
The HyFlex model gives students the freedom to choose whether they would like to attend class in the classroom, online, or both, based on their preferences, needs, or availability. Instructors will therefore prepare course content and material for both in-person and online access. Though it may seem daunting, with some guidance and preparation, the HyFlex model can help overcome some of the obstacles posed by the uncertainty surrounding our future learning environments.
How does it work?
As we navigate through our new environment, dealing with the effects of COVID-19, the HyFlex model offers students and instructors an agile solution for continued learning, but how exactly does it work?
Essentially, instructors should prepare content adapted for both classroom and online learning environments. In other words, all learning material should equally address and support learning outcomes, regardless of the delivery medium. This way, whether a student chooses to attend class in the classroom, through their computer, or alternating between both, the learning objectives and results will remain equivalent.
The Pedagogy and Activities page of this site walks you through key considerations and offers tips and tricks for implementation of the HyFlex model. The first section covers how to simultaneously manage and administer class to the two separate learning environments. The second section touches upon important strategies for instruction and engagement, and the third section goes over how to plan, design, and deliver assessments for your HyFlex class(es). The final sections on the page cover accessibility and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and offer additional support and information.