Comparing student experiences in different modes in a HyFlex learning class
Abstract: The global pandemic upended traditional educational experiences and forced educators to embrace more flexible learning environments to meet the challenging needs of their students. HyFlex classes enable learners to choose the modality that they participate in class depending on their needs, including in person, synchronous online, and asynchronous modes. This study explores the experiences of students who participated in a HyFlex class in order to learn ways to improve the technological and pedagogical design of these classes. Twelve students participated in the class. Four students maintained their mode throughout the entire semester, and eight students participated in different modes depending on their in-the-moment needs. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected to gain insights on students’ experiences in this flexible environment. Early results suggest potential for the HyfFex learning classes along with ways to enhance this way of teaching and learning.