Adopting HyFlex in higher education in response to COVID-19: students’ perspectives

Lucas Kohnke*, Benjamin Luke Moorhouse

*Corresponding author for this work

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COVID-19 has led to dramatic changes in the way teachers teach and students engage in higher education (HE). To cater for social distancing and learners’ diverse needs, including being in different geographical locations from their HE instruction, different modes of teaching and learning have been adopted. One such mode is HyFlex. HyFlex sees teachers teaching students at the same time in a physical classroom and synchronously online through video-conferencing software. This small-scale exploratory study considers the experiences and perceptions of nine post-graduate students who attended a six-week course delivered through HyFlex. Findings suggest that while there were communication challenges between students who attended through different modes, participants did appreciate the flexibility it afforded. The utilisation of various features of the video-conferencing software and other digital tools were seen as essential to the effectiveness of HyFlex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-244
Number of pages14
JournalOpen Learning
Issue number3
Early online date24 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • higher education
  • HyFlex
  • online learning
  • Zoom


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