HyFlex Course Design
Dr. Beatty has been developing the HyFlex Course Design since 2006. HyFlex courses provide participation options for students, allowing them to choose between online and classroom-based learning on a weekly (or regular) basis. Essentially, students create their own blend of participation that fits their needs and desires.
HyFlex (Hybrid, Flexible) courses have been very well-received in many higher education settings (such as the Instructional Technologies MA program at San Francisco State University) and are being applied in other training contexts as well.
The four guiding principles of HyFlex Course Design are:
|Learner Choice (Flexibility)|
Dr. Beatty is often invited to speak to faculty and professional organizations about HyFlex Course Design, and assists schools and teachers in planning for and implementing HyFlex in many settings.
Read more about HyFlex design and follow the evolving journey at Brian's blog: The HyFlex World.
Brian believes strongly in flexible, adaptable design. No two clients, trainers or students are exactly alike; the same training experience often leads to different learning outcomes in each participant.
Effective instruction has to be flexible so that it can adapt to the unique needs of each participant. Be creative - think outside of your training box! You'll find a lot of learning happening there.
If you think carefully about how you learn, you will realize that any single training event is not sufficient to bring about significant learning. Focusing your training efforts only on the training event is woefully shortsighted!
Learning is a process: begin with preparing to learn, continue with specific training events (experiences) and finish with follow-through after training. If you cut off the front or back end, you cut off much of the potential power that training has to change knowledge and improve performance.
No matter who you are, what you do, or where you've come from, you have experienced training that was unecessary. It may have been in a formal school, training program, or in a social organization... the fact is, much of our education and training efforts are wasted - imagine the cost!
To prevent this, you have to take the time to be sure that training is really needed to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity you see in front of you. Don't waste time, money, and other resources training, when you aren't convinced that training can help.