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Designing the HyFlex World. Dr. Brian Beatty Instructional Technologies San Francisco State University AECT 2006. Hybrid, Flexible Courses for All Students. Hybrid – a mix of face to face and online activities Flexible – students can choose their method of participation… weekly

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designing the hyflex world

Designing the HyFlex World

Dr. Brian Beatty

Instructional Technologies

San Francisco State University

AECT 2006

hybrid flexible courses for all students
Hybrid, Flexible Courses for All Students
  • Hybrid – a mix of face to face and online activities
  • Flexible – students can choose their method of participation… weekly
  • All courses within the ITEC program (potentially)
  • Why is this important?
itec@sf state
  • 150 graduate students pursuing Masters degree
  • Courses
    • Approx. 24 courses
    • Class size ranges from 8-20
    • Time slots: 4-7, 7-10 PM
  • All students and instructors commute; from 2 to 60 miles
itec students
ITEC Students
  • Most work full time
    • Teachers and Library / Media Specialists
    • Educational Software Developers
    • Trainers
    • Instructional Designers
  • Many in career transition
  • Many with families at home
Itec@sfsu: Helping people in education, business and communities learn …Teaching and Learning with technology is our business!
hyflex course principles
HyFlex Course Principles
  • Learner Choice: Provide meaningful alternative participation modes and enable students to choose between participation modes weekly (or topically).
  • Equivalency: Provide equivalent learning activities in all participation modes.
  • Reusability: Utilizeartifacts from learning activities in each participation mode as “learning objects’ for all students.
  • Accessibility: Equip students with technology skills and access to all participation modes.

Note: these are universal principles - generally applicable to all HyFlex courses.

sample media files
Sample Media Files

Instructor Audio – Listen

Presentation with Instructor Audio – View media\801_wk10_usability.mp4

Student Group Discussion Slides with Audio - View media\

technology @
Technology !@#$%!
  • Online delivery system (we use Moodle)
  • Content Development/Presentation
    • PPT, Word, Acrobat, Camtasia, Dreamweaver, Audition, Podifier
    • Streaming video connection
  • Client content (plugins and players)
    • Web browser, PPT Viewer, MP3 player, podcast player (iTunes), Quicktime, Acrobat Reader
  • Internet connection
creating your hyflex world
Creating Your HyFlex World
  • Identify learning goals
  • Develop instructional objectives
  • Create (or gather) content
  • Select instructional activities (SIO tool)
  • Create (and communicate) clear instructions
  • Prepare learning supports
Questions …

How is this different than what we are already doing?

How much more work is this for the instructor?

… for the students?

How do students respond?

Do students take advantage of the flexibility?

student comments in class
Student Comments: in-class

I found the time interacting with the professor and classmates to be extremely helpful. I don't think that you can replace the value of this time with online instruction.

I enjoyed attending [class name] to interact with my classmates, especially for the peer review and case study activities. Class time was when questions got answered or clarification was given. Even though we could read the info in the textbook or handouts, the in-class sessions seemed to be when the information ultimately got cemented for me.

student comments online
Student Comments: online

Very useful & convenient when scheduling conflicts occurred - but added value was the fact that you were still listening to the face-to-face interactions from the class.

Attending class online was a valuable alternative for me when I was otherwise unable to attend in person. I appreciated having access to materials online that simulated the in-class experience.

I liked the flexibility and not having to commute to the school campus.

student comments online28
Student Comments: online

A lot of writing! The online sessions were rigorous, that's for sure. It was almost "easier" to attend class. But on the flip side, all the online material for [class name], especially the recorded live lectures, was very useful. There weren't any exercises or resources that didn't add to the learning.

Make sure an audio file compatible with the ipod is available every week. This was one of the most valuable offerings on ilearn. Lectures could be listened to over and over again. I must have listened to the instructional objectives lecture five times to and from work that week. It was great for review and clarification of things I missed during the lecture.

survey results 1
Survey Results (1)

Face to face instruction was useful

Strongly Agree - 85%

Agree – 15%

Online instruction was useful

Strongly Agree – 43%

Agree – 57%

survey results 2
Survey Results (2)

Preference for face to face only:

Neither Agree nor Disagree - 28%  

Disagree - 57%

Strongly Disagree - 14%

Preference for online only:

Disagree - 43%

Strongly Disagree - 57%

survey results 3
Survey Results (3)

I prefer to choose my own blend of online and face to face learning experiences.

Strongly Agree – 29%

Agree – 57%

Disagree – 14%

  • Do students learn more effectively? Do students prefer to create their own blend of learning activities?
  • Does a HyFlex course require more effort from the instructor? (How much more? Where is extra effort expended?)
  • Does a HyFlex course require more effort from students?
  • Which courses, instructors, and students (content, learning goals, values, etc.) are candidates for HyFlex design?
hyflex @ sf state
HyFlex @ SF State
  • This semester: 5 courses in ITEC Masters program
    • Informally assessing student preferences, instructor load, technical support requirements
    • Recruiting additional instructors on campus
  • Spring 2006: 7 courses in ITEC program, others?
    • Formal assessment of participation patterns and student performance, instructor load

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