The COVID-19 pandemic induced a paradigm shift that challenged the Teaching & Learning practices in an unprecedented way. If most of the full distance measures implemented as Emergency Remote Teaching weren’t designed to last, a significant – and maybe unexpected – mindset shifting has been progressively observed about the more balanced Hybrid and HyFlex configurations. Those latter especially prove to be more than a degraded version of face-to-face, and allowed to imagine a middle / long-term sustainability.
Thereby, institutions are now considering systemic changes based on a mix of distance and face-to-face articulated to a synchronous and asynchronous one, that potentially blurs the traditional campus borders, and redefines the very concept of learning territory. In these perspectives, the physical Learning Spaces, especially, would be challenged to provide a value-added to face-to-face activities alongside distance ones, but could also find an opportunity to finally overcome the experimental step several of them were stuck at until then, to fully integrate the academic strategies. The mainstream use of digital Learning Spaces, on its side, would not only raise technological and economical questions, but also imply a systematic approach to Faculty Development and instructional design.
This talk will explore these different forecasts, and will discuss how the stakes, challenges, and opportunities of Hybrid and HyFlex configuration will impact the post-COVID campuses and their Learning Environments.
Presented by Dr John Augeri: Program Director, Lecturer, Researcher, and Advisor at Ile-de-France Digital University