One size doesn’t fit all: HyFlex lets students choose

Posted on May 19th, 2016

To improve students’ learning and experience, a team at Ohio State University redesigned a large intro-level economics course to give students more choice and to improve efficiency in course management. The team adopted a hybrid, flexible (HyFlex) format, which gives students the option of attending class in person or via the Internet. Students could ask questions and provide feedback through a student response system, which also recorded their attendance. While there was no performance difference between those who attended online versus those who attended in class, the majority of students reported that the instructional technology used in the course helped them learn. The team concluded that, “technology can help instructors teach the subject, rather than the course, and can help students experience the benefit of smaller courses while enabling departments to continue the benefits and efficiencies of large-enrolment courses.”