Measuring the Effectiveness of ActiveFlex in a COVID-19 World
Abstract: In Fall 2020, Athens State University piloted a HyFlex modality in five courses to address COVID-19 concerns among students. The thought was that HyFlex would allow flexibility in an uncertain world. Students would have the option to attend live, synchronously online or asynchronous any week. This would help build resilience in instances where students had to quarantine, shift work schedules, or tend to family members that may be sick. Out of the five pilot courses, there was a large variety in terms of instruction delivered to students. This led to a wide disparity in student and faculty feelings towards the modality. Ultimately, it appeared that the courses that intentionally added in active learning and engagement strategies tended to have higher satisfaction with the modality. Thus future development with the modality was intentionally infused with more active learning elements. This process began to be known as ActiveFlex at the university. In August 2021, the university was awarded a FIPSE grant to further implement and research the ActiveFlex Modality. In order to determine the true viability of the format, formal research needs to be conducted to compare various elements to the traditional delivery modes. In this session, we would like help collaboratively thinking through different research questions and variables to explore as we continue expanding and exploring the ActiveFlex concept.