What is a Hyflex Course?
“A HyFlex course gives students the ability to choose to attend class sessions either face-to-face or online (e.g., synchronous, asynchronous). The number of modalities available to students will vary from course to course. Students can move among available modalities from class session to session at their discretion” – CUNY’s working definition.
Take into consideration that Hyflex is a modality and not a technology. The technology used in the Hyflex classroom consists of an OWL video and audio device that is not static but can be controlled for room viewing options. If you have already had virtual meetings or class sessions online remotely with students or peers in meetings and worked any number of video conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, then you already have the necessary skills to navigate a Hyflex ready classroom.
Recommendations and Checklist
- Make sure your Blackboard Course is created and available to students.
- Share with students what Hyflex means in your syllabus and announcements in Blackboard.
- Make sure your Zoom session is scheduled.
- Share your Zoom link with your students.
- Make sure you are Smartboard certified and you can log in to the desktop in the Hyflex classroom.
The Classroom Technology Support Center (CTSC) will provide technical support to all participating faculty. You can call 718-518-6523 to request support. A Hyflex class assistant will be assigned to each Hyflex course.
For training contact EdTech at EdTechSupport@hostos.cuny.edu.
Technology in the Hyflex classroom
All Hyflex classrooms are equipped with an OWL, a speaker-camera combo intended to integrate remote students into the classroom in a way a regular webcam cannot. It’s about the size of a medium vase, with a cylindrical shape that tapers slightly at the top. The camera, at the top of the cylinder, is designed to offer a 360-degree view of the room you’re in, and the Owl’s speakers, located in the middle of the cylinder, work with the camera to focus in on the people speaking, no matter where they’re located within the room. To use the Owl Pro as the microphone, camera, and speaker in a streaming/recording tool such as Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom, you may need to configure the input settings for the tool you choose to use.
A TV monitor is in the back of each classroom. It allows faculty to see who is online attending the class.
The role of the Hyflex class assistant is to monitor the chat in the online platform session (Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate)
For information about the Hyflex classrooms, visit the CTSC Hyflex classrooms page.
Click on CUNY Hyflex Pilot for more information about benefits, teaching, assessment and support for Hyflex.