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What is HyFlex learning?

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HyFlex learning is a combination of the terms hybrid and flexible. HyFlex is applicable to a variety of learning situations and is a key design approach for online learning.

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Let’s explore the origin of this concept further. Traditionally, in-person learning means attending an on-campus class at the same time as other learners and teachers. The advent of online learning means students can attend class via video conferencing from a distance. Blended learning modes evolved recently to combine both online and traditional on-campus sessions as a split model where students choose one or the other.

Hybrid learning, similar to and often called blended learning, is a combination of online and on-campus in-person activities using largely synchronous learning modes. Students have some choice as to how they want to learn according to their needs, and they are expected to undergo the same combination of online and in-person activities.

HyFlex means that hybrid online learning opportunities are provided for students that leverage both synchronous and asynchronous modes. In addition to this, a more flexible learning environment is provided where students can not only choose how they want to learn but when and where, with the flexibility for change during a semester or across a program. The “flexible” aspect of HyFlex is that students are given choice in how they participate in the course and engage with material in the mode that works best for them over the course and from session to session.

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The key difference between Hybrid and HyFlex is there is no “second class” learning experience—all learning modes provide the same or similar access to content, conversations, feedback and opportunity for success. Therefore, designing learning to be HyFlex is an opportunity many institutions are now considering and consequently applying resources for development.

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