Hybrid Flexible Courses: A Teachers Guide to Hyflex. How to conquer teaching during a pandemic We have to recognize that educators have responded amazingly to the abrupt shift to online teaching.
Of course, it hasn’t been easy, but in general terms, it all worked out pretty well. I mean, we were agile. We adapted and effectuate with the resources we had at hand and tried to continue providing our very best to our students. Other organizations couldn’t adapt that well. We can criticize as much as we like, but let’s admit it, educators adapted fast. However, we were reacting to a first-in-our-times pandemic. Now is time to prepare for the new normal. A second wave of the pandemic is just around the corner. So, no matter how much we miss our students and classrooms, we have to come around the idea that remote learning will be our new normal. But we need to be prepared. Below, I discuss why hybrid and flexible (Hyflex) approach is an exceptional alternative to 100% online or in-person teaching.
Let’s begin by understanding what Hyflex is. Knowledge is a process of discovery: how constructivism changed education. This is the second of two essays exploring key theories – cognitive load theory and constructivism – underlying teaching methods used today.
Constructivism is an educational philosophy that deems experience as the best way to acquire knowledge. We truly understand something – according to a constructivist – when we filter it through our senses and interactions. We can only understand the idea of “blue” if we have vision (and if we aren’t colour blind). Constructivism is an education philosophy, not a learning method. So while it encourages students to take more ownership of their own learning, it doesn’t specify how that should be done.
The philosophy underpins the inquiry-based method of teaching where the teacher facilitates a learning environment in which students discover answers for themselves. Read more: Explainer: what is inquiry-based learning and how does it help prepare children for the real world? How developmental psychology shapes learning Using the zone for learning. Connectivism – Foundations of Learning and Instructional Design Technology. A Learning Theory for the Digital Age George Siemens Editor’s Note: This landmark paper, originally published on Siemens’s personal website in 2004 before being published in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, has been cited thousands of times and is considered a landmark theory for the Internet age.
Siemens has since added a website to explore this concept. Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Siemens, G. (2005). Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Driscoll (2000, p14–17) explores some of the complexities of defining learning. Networks, Small Worlds, Weak Ties Dr. 7 Tips for Increasing Student Engagement in Online Courses. Most educators will agree that student engagement is paramount for a high quality learning experience. Not everyone agrees on what is meant by student engagement or how to achieve it.
One definition of student engagement is “the amount, type, and intensity of investment students make in their educational experiences.” Here are a few ideas for increasing and ensuring higher levels of student engagement in online courses: 1. Communicate in multiple formats Online education provides instructors with multiple avenues for communicating with students.