What is a HyFlex Classroom?
It’s almost August and we are one month closer to our opening in Spring 2022! We are super excited and are steeped in preparing for this launch. There is much to do. Our building construction is continuing as is the curriculum planning. We are also planning the design of our HyFlex classrooms.
What is HyFlex, you ask? A HyFlex classroom is one that gives a learner the flexibility to attend the class in person or remotely. The term HyFlex is a combination of hybrid and high-flexibilty. The class is taught by an instructor who is the facilitator for both in-class learners and online learners simultaneously. The class is scheduled at a given period of time every week. Learners who can attend face-to-face drive to campus and attend the class, whereas learners who are unable to attend face-to-face can “attend” the class from where they are – at home, at the workplace, or anywhere in the world!
HyFlex offers many advantages to both learners and to the institution – the biggest appeal of the HyFlex model is the flexibility it offers. In the COVID era, it provides institutions with a way to reach their learners in real time. There is a technology investment needed for HyFlex but it is a worthy model.
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous
There are many other terms you may hear as you explore learning options. Two key terms are synchronous online learning and asynchronous online learning. HyFlex is a structured, synchronous online delivery model where the faculty member is teaching the class at the same time as the learners are attending – in other words, the class is taught synchronously. Class materials are also available outside of class in the class portal. In the age of COVID, when feelings of isolation can become overwhelming, a synchronous learning model provides a sense of community and belonging with its concomitant interactions.
In an asynchronous model, the class materials are prepared and placed on a portal and in the learning management system (LMS) and the learner can access the class materials at any time. However, there is no live faculty member. Faculty interaction happens either during pre-determined office hours or during pre-set appointment times.
In our model, we are planning for robust learner support systems to support our learning.
Welcome Daniel Summers II
We are also excited to introduce Daniel Summers II (Dan) who has joined our team as the Executive Director of Student LifeCycle Management. In this role, he will lead his team in supporting the learner from recruitment through graduation. Prior to joining the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions Dan served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Hiram College as well as Vice President for Enrollment Management at a small private college in Vermont. While in these roles Dan has worked to improved operations and enhance learner experience. Dan is an alumnus of the College Board’s Enrollment Leadership Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has served on the board of directors of the MCLA Alumni Association as well as the Consortium of Vermont Colleges. He believes deeply in the value an education built intentionally around the learner can create and brings with him experience shaping enrollment strategies to maximize collaboration and effectiveness across the community to meet workforce demand. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, kayaking (not brave enough to go in the ocean) and exploring the state parks.
Dr. Amardeep Kahlon
Dean of the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
July 21, 2021