July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, educators all around the world searched for effective ways to continue teaching. Although switching to online learning seemed to be the safest and most appropriate method at the time, the virtual setting is inadequate for providing active learning. Hands-on learning is indispensable especially for engineering programs. In Fall 2020, synchronous online mode was augmented with HyFlex instruction for the first time. HyFlex is short for Hybrid learning and Flexible course structure. The HyFlex course model provides students with the following options to choose from: (1) face-to-face, (2) online, or (3) a mixture of face-to-face and online. For the HyFlex instruction, instructors at the current institution divide the class into groups to follow social distancing in the classrooms, which reduces the number of students present in the classroom to roughly half of its maximum capacity. Depending on their assigned group, students take turn attending face-to-face classes in with the instructor present. When the student is not physically in the classroom, they join the class through Zoom meetings. In this study, our focus is on the HyFlex instructional model that our school implemented recently. Two engineering classes selected for this study are Electricity and Magnetism, a sophomore level Engineering Physics class, and Fluid Mechanics, a junior level class. Both classes have students from various engineering disciplines. The study group includes 103 students in Physics and 48 students in Fluid Mechanics. It should be noted that in Fall 2020, the semester started a week earlier and all the breaks were removed to encourage students to stay on campus in an effort to prevent spread of COVID-19. As the end of the Fall semester was approaching, both instructors noticed that some students were having more difficulty with the HyFlex instruction in comparison to traditional face-to-face instruction. These difficulties included not being able to complete assignments on time, lack of motivation, and having trouble obtaining and retaining information. To investigate this further, a survey was administered to study the influence of the HyFlex instructional model combined with the shortened semester on the mental and emotional health of the students. Documenting the advantages and disadvantages of this model will help us to shape a better instructional model that could be used more widely in the future. The instructors will discuss their observations on the HyFlex instructional model as well as feedback for future semesters.
Foust, E. C., & Ruzybayev, I. (2021, July), Investigation on Students' Educational Experience with HyFlex Instruction Model in Two Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37405
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