Adding an Element: Co-Teaching with ActiveFlex
Abstract: Affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners throughout 200 countries, Covid resulted in the largest disruption of the global education systems in human history. During this time, faculty with a growth mindset quickly adapted to a new learning environment where new technologies and teaching strategies have been explored. One such model adopted at Athens State University was the HyFlex model, where faculty received limited technical training on its use. HyFlex allows for student choice: students decide to attend a class in person or to join online, or even asynchronously. To be effective, the classroom setup requires a camera, videoconferencing capabilities, and interactions with the students online. With this model, instructors were able to transition from traditional face-to-face learning to online learning, while experimenting with different strategies. Research indicates that the best way to increase student achievement is to have qualified teachers with specialized skills (Sparks & Killion, 2007; Gay, 2013). One such strategy was Co-Teaching, where instructors were able to incorporate elements of specially designed instruction to students aligned with their individualized education program goals and objectives.