September 17, 2021

Pivoting to Online, Hybrid, and Hyflex Teaching

A Flexible Teaching Model: A Seamless Pivot from F2F to Online Teaching | Faculty Focus

Julie Sochaki, JD

Advocates for a hybrid approach focusing on content delivery, collaborative, active learning, synchronous and asynchronous experiences; and a strong social presence. 

Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives | University of Texas Arlington 

In this course, participants will explore research-informed, effective practices for online teaching and learning in postsecondary institutions. By enrolling, you will learn practical ways to quickly move into teaching online, guided by top scholars and practitioners in the field. Each week, you will watch videos and read articles by online learning experts and participate in activities and discussions over different topics. The instructors will host a live session each week, and synthesize relevant resources to help those who are new to online learning and those who have experience, but want to expand their skills and provide support for others. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share practices that have worked well in online learning environments. (Self-paced rolling start date.)

Online Teaching Toolkit | Association of College and University Educators (ACUE)
Resources divided into six key topic areas for teaching remotely:

  1. Welcoming students to the online environment
  2. Managing your online presence
  3. Organizing your online course
  4. Planning and facilitating quality discussions
  5. Recording effective microlectures
  6. Engaging students in readings and microlectures

Also includes a discussion forum where faculty can submit questions about the resources or to pose challenges they may be facing.

Blended Learning Toolkit | University of Central Florida
A free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. Includes guidance, examples, professional development, and other resources to help you prepare your own blended learning courses and programs.

What an Ed-Tech Skeptic Learned About Her Own Teaching in the Covid-19 Crisis | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Manya Whitaker
Recounts the experiences of an “ed-tech skeptic” in the move to emergency remote teaching in the spring and offers lessons learned for the fall semester. These include:

  • Organizing the curriculum into modules that help students track their own progress,
  • Sharing rubrics, sample assignments, and templates with students,
  • Integrating informal classroom-assessment techniques during synchronous meetings,
  • Including at least one assignment that requires revision, so that students are revisiting course concepts multiple times and applying feedback to future work, and
  • Creating study groups and designing assignments that require students to meet in those groups and discuss course content.

The HyFlex Option for Instruction if Campuses Open This Fall | Inside Higher Ed
Doug Lederman
A panel of experts discusses the HyFlex course model, which is getting buzz as one way colleges could educate students if their campuses are open but physical distancing remains.

COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2020: A Closer Look at Hybrid-Flexible Course Design | PhilOnEdTech
Kevin Kelly
Takes a closer look at the HyFlex model, along with pros and cons.

7 Things You Should Know about...The HyFlex Course Model | Educause ELI
By offering equitable access and experiences, the HyFlex course model can reduce barriers to enrollment and enable more students to achieve their educational goals. This overview outlines key factors when considering a HyFlex course model.

The New Normal-A Case for Circular Hybrid Learning | Radici Digitali
Tanya Convertini
An examination of the possibility of mixing F2F, in any form it will be offered, and online instruction and making a case for a circular hybrid learning model that can validate the multiple roles and perspectives of students and instructors working in hybrid learning environments.

Yes, Your Zoom Teaching Can Be First-Rate | Inside Higher Ed
Stephen Hersh
Outlines six steps for how you can create a community of active learning online when using Zoom. These include:

  • Talking less,
  • Motivating students to come to class prepared,
  • Using Zoom rooms,
  • Varying the rhythm and structure,
  • Adopting the right mind-set and attitude, and
  • Continuing to evolve the format with input from students.