IN: HyFlex Learning

HyFlex Learning

HyFlex learning at Lethbridge College is an exciting initiative led by the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation in partnership with the institution’s academic centres. As Lethbridge College continues to evolve, HyFlex learning is becoming integrated into our programming, professional development, and flexible delivery.

Overview

HyFlex learning presents multiple pathways for learners to connect with their curriculum. HyFlex offers the options of

  • synchronous face-to-face learning,
  • synchronous online learning, or
  • asynchronous online learning

to help educators meet students where they’re at. Learners’ choice of pathway may be affected by illness, childcare considerations, distance to the institution, or preference, among other considerations.

Students can choose to come to campus or attend online and can change their mode of participation based on their current needs. Instructors are available face to face during scheduled class times.

Timeline

Read through the timeline by clicking on each point.
Summer 2020
Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring/Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring/Summer 2022
Fall 2022
2023
Exploration of HyFlex learning and its potential benefits for Lethbridge College faculty members and students
Initial design and development of HyFlex learning systems
Pilot phase with programs in the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design
Design and development of fixed and mobile HyFlex units, as well as training materials for interested faculty members
Implementation of HyFlex learning at Lethbridge College
Attended HyFlex in Re-Action conference
Presenting at CICan Navigating Anew conference on The Evolution of HyFlex at Lethbridge College
Investigate and pilot new technologies for HyFlex delivery in different classrooms
Explore pedagogical changes to support HyFlex faculty
Designated HyFlex courses will be delivered in specific program areas
Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
Look ahead to HyFlex opportunities for LC faculty, staff, and students, engaging with the entire system

Deliverables

  • Fixed and mobile classroom HyFlex units
  • Technology trouble-shooting guides
  • Online training course for faculty
  • Evolution of HyFlex learning

Alignments

  • CTLI Strategic Innovation Model
  • Lethbridge College Institutional Plan
  • Lethbridge College Business Development Strategy
  • Lethbridge College CTLI Strategic Innovation Strategy

The system around hyflex

  • CTLI – Provides pedagogical support surrounding HyFlex delivery
  • IT – Provides support for the technology infrastructure and systems relating to HyFlex delivery
  • AV – Explores and implements technologies in the classroom, provides support for faculty
  • Faculty – Plans and delivers HyFlex learning opportunities
  • Students – Choose their HyFlex modality based on need (synchronous, synchronous online, asynchronous)
  • Registrar – Facilitates registration, scheduling, and transcribing of HyFlex learning experiences for students

Glossary

HyFlex learning – A curriculum delivery model that allows learners the choice of multiple learning pathways (synchronous f2f, synchronous online, and asynchronous online).

Synchronous – Learning that is delivered in a specific place, at a specific time, to all students (e.g., students participate in a live Zoom session from 2 to 3 p.m.). Synchronous delivery provides students with immediate feedback from their teacher and/or fellow learners. Otherwise known as face-to-face.

Synchronous online – Online learning where the instructor and the students in the course engage with the course content and each other at the same time, but from different locations. The instructor interacts with students in real time to hold live classes or meetings.

Asynchronous – Learning that is provided to students and accessed when they choose (e.g., a posted recording of a lecture that students can watch and post a discussion board comment about). Asynchronous delivery allows students to self-pace their learning and access resources and support as needed.

Engagement

We believe that meaningful stakeholder engagement is essential to any good initiative. Below is a list of engaged stakeholders. (Classification based on CTLI engagement framework and IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum)

Our promise: We will keep you informed about the project and decisions that are made.

 

  • Associate Deans’ Council, ITS
  • Centres for teaching and learning across Alberta
  • CTLI leaders
  • Digital Learning Team
  • Learning Connections
  • Centre meetings
  • Learning Innovation website
  • Through associate dean communications

Our promise: We will consult with you to ensure your viewpoint is heard and considered when making decisions. We will communicate how this input and feedback influenced the decisions made.

 

  • Lethbridge College academic centres
  • Educational development specialists
  • Associate Deans’ Council

Our promise: We will work directly with you to ensure your viewpoints and concerns are reflected in the decisions made.

 

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Information Technology Services
  • Jeff Hamilton (faculty)
  • Joyce Shigehiro (faculty)
  • Leanne Jones (faculty)
  • Cherie Bowker (faculty)
  • Michelle Derbich (faculty)
  • Marda Schindeler (associate dean)

Our promise: We will partner directly with you throughout the project and decision-making process. We will create joint solutions or recommendations.

 

  • Instructional designers
  • Learning experience designers
  • Media specialists
  • HyFlex learning working group
  • Gavin Brinsmead (Audio Visual)
  • Tristan Tuckett (Audio Visual)
  • Travis Killian (manager, Customer Services and Operations)
  • Rob Laperle (manager, Enterprise Systems)
  • Erin Fieguth (associate registrar)

Our promise: We will abide by the decisions you make.

 

  • Lexi Schaerz (interim Digital Learning coordinator)
  • Trevor Gellrich (learning experience designer)
  • Audio-Visual team
  • Deans

Integration and Examples

Micro-credential

In a collaborative effort, CTLI team members have created a course to support HyFlex users across campus. The course focuses on technology and pedagogy and includes video tours, a wealth of resources, and access to necessary supports for using this unique approach to learner engagement.

ITS

ITS enables the HyFlex tools used by students and staff at Lethbridge College through the use of the Internet of Things (IOT) network connecting technology, making it accessible and secure.

ITS offers specific software and hardware for off-campus student and faculty use through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to support HyFlex.

Video

Podcasts

References

Barclay, A., Ceccolini, K., Clarke, K., Domonchuk, N., Shapiro, S., Singh, J., Young, M., & Hayman, J. (n.d.). HyFlex course design and teaching strategies.

Beatty, B. (2019). Hybrid-flexible course design. EdTech Books.

Bruff, D. (2020). Active learning in hybrid and physically distanced classrooms. Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/2020/06/active-learning-in-hybrid-and-socially-distanced-classrooms/

Carleton Teaching and Learning Services. (2021, November 5). HyFlex learning spaces. https://carleton.ca/tls/learning-spaces/hyflex-learning-spaces/

Educause. (2021). Horizon report: Teaching and learning edition. Educause Publications. https://library.educause.edu/resources/2021/4/2021-educause-horizon-report-teaching-and-learning-edition

Gallagher, S., & Palmer, J. (2020, September 29). The pandemic pushed universities online. The change was long overdue. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/09/the-pandemic-pushed-universities-online-the-change-was-long-overdue

Kohnke, L., & Moorhouse, B. L. (2021). Adopting HyFlex in higher education in response to COVID-19: students’ perspectives. Open Learning, 36(3), 231–244. https://doi.org/10.1080/02680513.2021.1906641

Milman, N., Irvine, V., Kelly, K., Miller, J., & Saichaie, K. (2020, July 7). 7 things you should know about the HyFlex course model. Educause. https://library.educause.edu/resources/2020/7/7-things-you-should-know-about-the-hyflex-course-model

Rider, J., & Moore, A. (2021). Scaling HyFlex for the post-pandemic campus. Educause Publications. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2021/8/scaling-hyflex-for-the-post-pandemic-campus