Hyflex Instruction

What is HyFlex Instruction?

HyFlex courses combine online and in-person instruction. This differs slightly from a "hybrid" or "blended" course where all students in the class take part in both on-site and online sessions equally, typically meeting in the classroom on specific days. In HyFlex courses, students are offered the flexibility to attend virtually (synchronously) or in person.

At CSULB, students will sign up and attend classes in their indicated modes of registration (either face-to-face or online synchronous); however, at the discretion of the instructor, students may vary their mode of attendance. The instructor's role is to facilitate access to the course in both modes and provide equal learning opportunities for all students, regardless of their mode of participation.

CSULB HyFlex Classrooms are configured with specialized technology to give instructors many options for creating high-quality, HyFlex learning experiences.

Principles of HyFlex Instruction

Excerpted from Hybrid-Flexible Course Design, Beatty, ed., 2019)

  1. Learner Choice: The course provides alternative participation modes that are meaningful and allows students to choose the mode of engagement that works best for them.
  2. Equivalence: The modes, though not equal, provide equivalent learning outcomes. All students are expected to reflect, contribute developing ideas, and interact with their peers in the process of learning.
  3. Reusability: Artifacts from learning activities in each mode are captured and can be reused in other modes. Representations of in-class activities (recordings, discussion notes, etc) are available online for all students; activities produced by online students (asynchronous discussions, posted files, etc) connect to and support all students.
  4. Accessibility: Students are equipped with the technological resources and skills to equally access all participation modes. Universal Design for Learning principles are considered.

Tips for Successful HyFlex Implementation