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HyFlex Course Design

HyFlex courses provide students an active, collaborative, and flexible learning experience.

HyFlex combines remote technology with on-campus learning, allowing for safe, socially distant face-to-face instruction. 

Examples of HyFlex strategies include:  

  • Meeting a portion of the class on-campus while a portion learns online, and then rotating.
  • “Flipping” the classroom so that lectures, readings, and other learning materials are delivered online, freeing up onsite time for activities.
  • Delivering content online and meeting onsite for tests and exams during the scheduled course time slot or at a predetermined time.

Like Remote courses, students are not assessed online fees and faculty do not need to be ULearn Certified through the Office of Distance Learning to teach HyFlex courses.

HyFlex is similar to Hybrid courses, which allow faculty to meet multiple learning styles while being: 

  • Flexible.
  • Learner-centered.
  • Active.
  • Collaborative. 

How do you create a HyFlex course? 

A well-designed HyFlex course feels like a seamless and continuous learning experience that combines online and onsite elements. The following steps will help you to achieve this goal:

  • Identify your course and module learning objectives.
  • Create a mix map to identify which learning activities will occur online versus onsite, and how they will align and support each other.
  • Use the hybrid course blueprint to map course objectives, module objectives, learning materials, activities, and assessments. This will serve as an outline for creating your course to ensure that the online and onsite portions align.
  • When you are ready to design in Moodle, contact the Office of Distance Learning to request the suggested course layout for hybrid/HyFlex courses and begin developing your Moodle course.

Venn Diagram of Hybrid Learning Overlap Between In-Class and Online Course Components                                                  

Training & Resources

  • Basic Course Building Workshop: In this self-paced course, faculty gain an overview of the practical strategies, best practices, and step-by-step instructions for building a course using the Moodle Learning Management system and the EduTools supported by the Office of Distance Learning.
  • Hybrid Learning Page: Learn more about Hybrid pedagogy and course design through the information and resources available on this page
  • Weekly Webinars: Register for one of our upcoming webinars on using Distance Learning-supported educational technology and best practices in online/hybrid pedagogy to create exceptional learning environments.
  • Support Center: Explore how-to tip sheets and videos based on faculty’s most frequently asked questions or reach out to the Instructional Support Team for support or a consultation.