June 26-28, 2024
Long Beach, CA

The HyFlex Debate

Effective Practices
All Audiences

Presented by:

  • Bob Nash, Dean, Academic Affairs & Professional Development, California Virtual Campus
  • Regina Blasberg, Chair, Engineering Technologies Department, College of the Canyons
  • Dr. Cora Leighton, Distance Education Coordinator, Berkeley City College
  • Dr. Wendy Mazon, DE Specialist/Associate Professor in Music, Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Michael Miguel, Director of Online Learning, Lake Tahoe Community College

Speaker Bios:

  • Bob Nash is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professional Development for the California Virtual Campus. Previously, Mr. Nash served as the Associate Dean of Distance Learning and Professional Development at Coastline College in Fountain Valley, CA. He has also supervised Coastline’s TEACh3 (teacher prep) program, the instructional design and faculty support unit, and teaches online student readiness courses. Bob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a M.S.Ed. in instructional technology from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
  • Regina earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and her MS in Civil Engineering from UCLA. She has been full time faculty at College of the Canyons for more than 15 years and is currently Department Chair of the Engineering Technologies Department, which includes the Land Surveying and Water Systems Tech programs. Regina implemented HyFlex instruction in these programs more than 10 years ago and was able to transition the Water Program to a ZTC AS Degree program by developing OER textbooks for each course in the program. She is a Senator on the Academic Senate and served for five years as the first CTE Liaison, where she established and co-chaired the Career Education Committee, was the SCCRC regional ACUE project coordinator, and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the revised CE program websites.
  • Cora Leighton has been a professor of Communication at Berkeley City College for 10 years. She currently works as the Distance Education Coordinator at BCC and is the Manager of Educational Technology at Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned an MA in Instructional Technology at SF State in 2022. She focuses on equity in online education in all her work.
  • Wendy Mazon is a Distance Education (DE) Support Specialist at Los Angeles Pierce College and has been in this position since Fall 2020. Wendy helped to support moving all courses online with a specialty in working with the Art and Performing Arts area faculty. Wendy helped to develop and then implement trainings on Dual Delivery at Pierce College and taught several courses using Dual Delivery this Spring. Wendy is a full-time Associate Professor in Music, has an Online Teaching certificate from @One and has been a peer reviewer with @One. Wendy also holds an M.M. and D.M.A. in Music Performance from CSU, Northridge and the University of Arizona, respectively.
  • Michael is the Director of Online Learning for Lake Tahoe Community College, as well as an adjunct online faculty member and former instructional designer.  He has had a wide array of experience in course design, pedagogy, andragogy, and designing programs and departments from the ground up.  His approach is always student-centered and focuses on keeping his institution at the emerging end of technology.  Michael led the instructional design team at CSU Fresno in the implementation of the HyFlex modality of instruction.  Michael holds two AA’s from West Hills College Lemoore, a BA in Psychology from Fresno Pacific University, and MS in Clinical Psychology from Capella University.

Session Info:

The HyFlex distance education modality, which combines face-to-face and online learning, allows students to choose how they attend class. The greater flexibility it affords students is appealing. As it has gained in popularity, with some instructors taking up the challenge, it has also attracted skeptics and detractors. Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion over the pros and cons of this new delivery modality.

Session Outcomes:

  • Define what HyFlex delivery is.
  • Describe the basic technical and procedural elements necessary to deliver courses in this manner.
  • Discuss the potential benefits and challenges of this modality for students, faculty, and colleges.

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