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HyFlex Model Expanding Into New Programs

The University of St. Thomas first offered a course in the HyFlex model during the summer of 2017.  Due to high student demand, FINC 321 was offered again using this delivery model during summer term 2018, and other programs are starting to offer HyFlex courses as a way to accommodate student preferences around course attendance.

What is HyFlex? 

HyFlex is a course delivery model that allows students to choose their mode of participation from online and on-campus options during each class session.  That’s right, each class session students can choose whether to come to campus or attend online.  Online options may include synchronous or asynchronous sessions.

Flexible participation policy in a single course offering the choice of face-to-face, asynchronous online, or synchronous online

HyFlex was recently added by the Registrar’s office as an official course type category and is defined as, “Instruction is delivered concurrently via in-person class meetings, synchronous online class meetings, and asynchronous methods. Learners choose how they participate and engage each week.”

What does a HyFlex Course look like?

A HyFlex course strives to provide equivalent learning activities in all participation modes.  In FINC 321 students can participate in a live lecture on campus or through web conferencing or can view the lecture at their convenience online. Participation points are earned through live class discussions or through asynchronous VoiceThread discussions.

What technology is used?

The HyFlex model is made possible through the use of cutting-edge technologies including Zoom, Canvas, Proctorio, Panopto, classroom video capture, and smart boards.  STELAR staff members are available to support faculty as they plan and develop these courses.

Integrating Online and Traditional Course Sections

In the graduate program in Special Education, Dr. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan has found that students more often enroll in the online sections of required courses than in on-campus sessions. In order to honor individual student preferences for how they experience and participate in the class, Dr. Stansberry Brusnhan combined the online and on-campus sections of SPED 785: Behavior Management.

All of the students are in the same Canvas course site; on Wednesday evenings, they can come to class in Minneapolis Opus Hall, or they can attend online via Zoom and interact with the class remotely. If they aren’t available to attend during class time, they can watch the recorded lecture and provide a summary of what they learned. Students choose from week to week, so it’s all about student choice and preference. Courses in the educational leadership program are also exploring this model.

More Information about HyFlex

STELAR has presented about the HyFlex model at educational conferences including OLC Accelerate, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the Minnesota eLearning Summit and has found a great deal of interest in this model with follow-up visits, conversations, and a write-up in Inside Higher Ed.  Also check out our February 2018 post Interest Building Around the HyFlex Model of Course Delivery.

Interested in exploring HyFlex for your own course?  STELAR may have a grant for that.  See the call for proposals section of our website.

This post was written by Glori Hinck, an Instructional Designer for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.  To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.

 

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STELAR Staff Sharing Their Expertise at International Conferences

Educause is the largest community of technology, academic, industry, and campus leaders advancing higher education through the use of IT.  The Educause annual conference gathers people from around the world to share ideas and discover solutions to today’s challenges.

Creating the STELAR Experience:  University Center’s Impact on Educational Transformation.
Brett Coup, Associate Vice President for Academic Technology (St. Thomas eLearning and Research- STELAR)
Peter Weinhold, Director of Academic Technology (STELAR)

Delivering Course Materials Inside the LMS:  An ITS and Libraries Partnership
Greg Argo, Associate Director for Access & Digital Services (St. Thomas Libraries)
Trent Brager, Education and Social Sciences Librarian (St. Thomas Libraries)
Glori Hinck, Instructional Designer and Research Manager (STELAR)

 

OLC Accelerate is the premier global gathering covering the field of online learning in higher education.  The conference is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance, and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals, and organizations around the world.

Development of an Online Student Orientation: Supporting Success in the Digital Environment
Jo Montie, Online Learning Support Systems Manager (STELAR)

Hyflex Course Delivery: Learner Choice, Equivalency, Reusability, Accessibility
Glori Hinck, Instructional Designer and Research Manager (STELAR)

Town Hall:  Professional Development and Support
Glori Hinck, Instructional Designer and Research Manager (STELAR)

Stay tuned for highlights from these conferences in a future post!

This post was written by Glori Hinck, an Instructional Designer for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.  To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.

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Rethinking Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age

Web Page Banner from TeachOnline.CA

This is an article from TeachOnline.ca that discusses 10 key developments that are changing the dynamics of universities and colleges. A very interesting read, and it aligns with some of conversations STELAR has been having across the St. Thomas community.

https://bit.ly/2qkOdiS

This post was written by Peter Weinhold, Director of Academic Technology,for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.

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Does the Future of College look like the Future of Retail?

Photo of students sitting in comfy chairs working on laptops with the title, The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

This morning I was reading in the Star Tribune about the new Amazon/Best Buy alliance to sell televisions. Then, I was alerted to this article in The Atlantic just recently published. Finding middle ground between the digital and physical spaces seems to be an emerging trend in teaching and learning.

https://theatln.tc/2qCqfQl

This post was written by Peter Weinhold, Director of Academic Technology for the St. Thomas E-Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. To learn more about this topic, please visit our website at www.stthomas.edu/stelar or email us at stelar@stthomas.edu.