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Introduction to HyFlex Learning and Teaching

Explore an innovative approach to teaching and learning using educational technologies to improve online learning opportunities.

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Introduction to HyFlex Learning and Teaching

415 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop HyFlex teaching strategies to create better online learning

Learning has evolved rapidly in recent years giving rise to the HyFlex approach; an innovative, disruptive, and necessary change in teaching and learning.

On this four week course from the University of Southern Queensland, you’ll explore key approaches to successful online learning and teaching, using current theories about HyFlex approaches to reconceptualise your teaching.

Explore the benefits of different learning modes for Hyflex learning

Throughout this course, you’ll look at current pedagogical thinking around blended, hybrid, and HyFlex approaches to learning, with a view to rethinking and improving online learning opportunities for your students.

You’ll also use your new knowledge in practical tasks to design online modules or units of work that include options for synchronous and asynchronous learning modes supporting different types of interactions.

Learn from the experts at the University of Southern Queensland

The two lead educators on this course, Dr Julie Lindsay and Dr Lisa Jacka, are experts in the field of online learning and education.

With a wealth of experience and knowledge in building online flexible learning experiences, as well as advocating for new educational technologies, they are uniquely positioned to help you utilise HyFlex learning and improve your online teaching.


  • Week 1

    Understanding HyFlex online learning and teaching

    • Getting a grip on HyFlex learning

      Explore the course structure and start getting context about what HyFlex learning is and where it came from.

    • What problem does HyFlex learning solve?

      HyFlex learning is a solution to a learning problem. Learn all about the problem and how HyFlex learning addresses the issues in an innovative (maybe disruptive?) way.

    • Let's talk about learning

      Investigate and discuss current approaches to HyFlex learning and teaching.

  • Week 2

    Attributes of HyFlex learning and teaching

    • What are the key attributes of HyFlex learning?

      Beatty has suggested that HyFlex is underpinned by four principles: Choice, Equivalence, Accessibility and Reusability. In this section, we unpack these and invite you to connect your own context to each of them.

    • Educational technologies and associated pedagogies

      Transformative pedagogies are evolved teaching approaches that enhance learning outcomes.

    • Applying educational technologies

      Now that we have explored what educational technologies are useful in a HyFlex learning context, we will look at how to apply them.

  • Week 3

    Designing and planning for HyFlex learning

    • Overcoming barriers to HyFlex learning and teaching

      Identify and explore the transformative power of HyFlex learning, the barriers and enablers for HyFlex, and future pathways.

    • Digital-first design strategies

      Compare and review appropriate digital-first design strategies that reconceptualise student engagement within a HyFlex classroom.

    • Planning for HyFlex

      Learn how to implement a HyFlex learning plan and define your context and goals.

  • Week 4

    Bringing it all together

    • Implementing HyFlex learning

      As we have already discovered, HyFlex learning and teaching means that all students have an equivalent learning experience. This can be a considerable change that requires careful management and implementation.

    • Supporting HyFlex learning

      We have looked at how to drive innovation and change and implementation logistics. Now let’s explore in more detail how to support the change you want to see.

    • Taking the next steps

      Recap what you have learned in this course and consider future actions to plan and implement HyFlex learning.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the theoretical influences and online learning modes that support student engagement
  • Discuss HyFlex learning contextually and describe how choice is provided for learners
  • Review and select appropriate digital tools to support their HyFlex learning needs.
  • Design a HyFlex learning experience that provides student choice and flexibility
  • Explore the logistics of HyFlex learning and alignment of technology with curriculum objectives
  • Develop a plan to implement a HyFlex learning experience

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone involved in designing and teaching online learning at any level of education, specifically teachers, current educational designers, and education students.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, you will need a word processing program and any additional software you would like to use for the assessment.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Education Technology Advisor at the University of Southern Queensland. Advocate for digital transformation through educational technologies and pedagogies to enhance teaching and learning.

I am an innovator in online education focused on engaging learners through the integration of emerging technologies and inclusive pedagogies.

Who developed the course?

University of Southern Queensland

UniSQ provides career-focused, quality on-campus and online education and has done for over 50 years. UniSQ has scored five stars for employability and internationalisation (QS Stars rankings, 2019) and is Australia’s No. 1 university for the highest graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide 2018-20).

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    Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich in Queensland, Australia

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