To maximize safety, flexibility and quality—SMU will be leveraging several instructional modes (SMUFlex—a variant of Hyflex, Fully Online, etc.) for the Fall 2020 academic term. Below is a description of these modes and how an instructor might achieve particular pedagogical strategies within each mode.
SMUFlex (variant of HyFlex)
A course with a percentage of participants meeting face-to-face and a percentage of students participating remotely during the same synchronous scheduled course sessions. Classes are recorded with Zoom. Students determine, prior to the start of the semester, whether they choose to participate in the course in-person or fully online. The maximum number of students in-person depends upon the space available to socially distance in the classroom.
- Accommodates diverse student needs during an extraordinary time
- Preserves traditional in-person course elements and teaching styles
- Offers opportunity to develop valuable course materials that can be repurposed for future classes and other uses
- Requires extensive preparation—both for online and in-person learners
- Requires training and technology systems to engage multiple audiences simultaneously
- Potential for technical issues to impede equitable delivery of academic content
- Requires extensive adaptation and modification of course content, especially for labs and more movement-intensive or “hands on” instruction
This mode of instruction is made up of materials and course activities where all students and instructors are fully online and accessing synchronous and/or asynchronous course sessions and materials.
- Accommodates students and instructors who cannot attend on-campus classes
- Asynchronous components offer flexibility for distributed students who have scheduling instability or conflicts
- Allows instructor to focus on a single audience of remote students
- Flexibility to encourage student participation as individuals and in groups
- Outside the classroom, many students struggle with distractions, technology access, and other challenges.
- Most students have limited experience as online learners.
- Need to develop equivalent learning activities for students to complete synchronously or asynchronously.
- Requires technology-enabled strategies to build course community and to facilitate instructor-student and student-student connections
- Requires online teaching training and Canvas technology training
Common Pedagogical Strategies:
Navigating Implementation Across Various Teaching Modes
|Strategy||SMUFlex (HyFlex)||Fully Online|
|Whole Class Discussion||
|Small Group Discussion||
|Group Projects (may last the entire semester)||
|Writing/Drawing on the Board||
|Get Started||Start teaching with SMUFlex.||Start teaching fully online.|