The events of 2020 forced higher education five to ten years into the future. In order to survive, colleges and universities had to quickly transition to online teaching and learning. Most institutions created a virtual classroom similar to an online business meeting, with professors sitting in front of cameras, lecturing as usual. This was a feat in and of itself for many campuses due to the surge in need for equipment, software, bandwidth and new skills. But as universities have adjusted to a new reality, we’ve discovered that one-way virtual education is an incomplete learning solution.
There is a new standard for learning: high-quality HyFlex (hybrid flexible) programs offering courses via in-person, synchronous online and asynchronous online options for every course. In essence, HyFlex is education that “flexes” across all modalities, allowing the student to choose which serves them best. The student has the power to choose how they participate from class to class.
We know that students need flexibility to accommodate an ever-growing variety of life situations and learning styles. The university of tomorrow will rise to this challenge with HyFlex classroom opportunities, allowing students to take ownership of customizing their learning experiences, no matter the global circumstances. The question now: Is your institution ready?