Learning Experience

The Learning Lab experience is supported by both asynchronous and synchronous components. Each Learning Lab sequence includes a set of resources, an asynchronous discussion, and an interactive live session, all of which culminate in the development of a project or application to apply learning to local and specific contexts in support of the learning objectives.


Session 1 | Learning Lab Launch

July 12, 2021, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

This is a live session to learn the details of the Learning Lab, the Canvas site, and expectations for the microcredential. There will also be time to get to know your fellow Lab partners and facilitator.

Session 2 | Sequence 1: The Basics of HyFlex Course Design

July 14, 2021, 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET

Overview from facilitator: HyFlex course design challenges faculty and institutions to develop high-quality, effective learning opportunities for both online and classroom students who are participants in a single learning community. HyFlex courses have been used in a wide variety of courses, disciplines, and institutions since 2005 and have been shown to be effective in supporting student learning across all modes of instruction. In this learning sequence, you’ll explore the fundamental HyFlex design principles, review the suggested HyFlex course design process, and begin planning an approach that will work in your own course(s).

Session 3 | Sequence 2: Evaluating the Impact of HyFlex Course Design

July 21, 2021, 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET

Overview from facilitator: HyFlex courses are typically used to provide equitable access to high-quality educational opportunities and solve specific problems associated with course delivery format. Some important reason always motivates the use of HyFlex courses, given that teaching (and potentially learning) in multiple formats is more complicated than common single-mode instruction. Is HyFlex “worth it”? How can you evaluate the impact of HyFlex courses on student performance, satisfaction, and other metrics of interest? In this learning sequence, you’ll explore some of the common findings in current research and begin to plan how you can measure your own HyFlex success locally.

Session 4 | Application and Closure

July 28, 2021, 3:00–4:15 p.m. ET

The Learning Lab will conclude with an application or project activity (described below) and a closing live session to review and process the learning from the lab.

Lab Application Project

You will have the opportunity to draft an initial, high-level design plan for a HyFlex course focused on the implementation of HyFlex principles. Include some discussion on the context and need for HyFlex and a design framework addressing outcomes, content, engagement, assessment, and any known implementation factors.