Sample Descriptions for the Teaching Syllabus of a Bi-Modal Course

Course Delivery

Pure HyFlex

This course is delivered in the “HyFlex” format with some parameters to ensure an equitable, inclusive, and safe learning experience. Students may attend class in person or alternatively participate in online activities. This choice may be made on a weekly basis, which is the flexibility part of HyFlex. The attendance and participation policy will be discussed during class in the first week. Additional questions should be addressed to the instructor. Access information for the required technology is provided below.

HyFlex with Faculty-Defined Parameters

As we meet twice a week, I will send you a survey to inquire the following:  
  1. Do you have reliable internet at your location?
  2. Does your PC have audio and a microphone?
If you do not have the proper equipment to participate remotely, then you may plan to attend in-class every day. The attendance and participation policy will be discussed during class the first week. Additional questions should be addressed to the instructor.

Student Responsibility for Bi-Modal Attendance

You are responsible for your own learning. I am here to facilitate your learning and understanding of our course content. I will help you as much as I can, but learning the material is ultimately up to you. This includes:
  • Read the entire syllabus and know the policies for each class in which you are enrolled – pay attention to deadlines and due dates!
  • Complete CMU’s online Readiness Assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for a technology-based educational delivery system.
  • If you choose to attend remotely (video-conference or as unstructured), make sure your computer set-up is ready for it – webcam, microphone, high-speed internet.
  • Check the Course Calendar, Announcements, in Blackboard regularly (at least 2-3 times per week) and your email daily
  • Keep current on class recordings, if not attending the live class (either in person or online).
  • Keep current with all course assignments, quizzes, and examinations.
  • Ask questions and communicate with the instructor.
  • Remember that the greater degree of online learning you choose means that you also assume greater responsibility for your own learning outcomes.

Platforms for Bi-Modal Learning

In-Class: Microsoft Teams

To support bi-modal learning, all classes will be live-streamed via Microsoft Teams. You have been added to a “group” in Teams called XYZ 123: Title of Course.  On Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:55am, I will launch MS Teams to begin live streaming at 10am. As a member of this group, you will be notified via your PC and/or mobile device that a meeting is in session.  If joining remotely, simply turn on your audio, mute your line, and click “join.”  We will use this platform to engage through small groups, polling, and Q&A in the chat, which will be monitored by myself or a student in the class. If you attend in-person and would like to use your PC or mobile app to participate in chats or polls, please feel free to do so, but you must be on mute to avoid unnecessary echoes. Learn more about Microsoft Teams in this CMU Knowledge Base article. If you utilize MS Teams via your mobile device, please check your data plan to avoid incurred fees.

In-Class: WebEx’s Personal Room

To support bi-modal learning, all classes will be live-streamed via WebEx (link here). On Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:55 am, I will launch WebEx and will expect you to enter early to minimize distractions for others.  If joining remotely, simply turn on your audio, mute your line, and click “join.”  We will use this platform to engage through an occasional poll but mainly through the chat, which will be monitored by myself or a student in the class. If you attend in-person and would like to use your PC or mobile app to participate in chats or polls, please feel free to do so, but you must be on mute to avoid unnecessary echoes. Learn more about WebEx in this CMU Knowledge Base article. If you utilize WebEx via your mobile device, please check your data plan to avoid incurred fees.

Out-of-Class: Blackboard

All course content is housed in our course shell in Blackboard.  If you have missed class or are unclear what is due, please consult the course calendar and the learning folders that contain everything we have discussed, including links to recorded lectures, PowerPoints, and other materials.  All materials, such as handouts and guides, will be provided digitally.

Exams

Pure HyFlex (asynchronous)

Students are not required to come to class for exams or quizzes but may do so (during designated class times (see course calendar)). All exams and quizzes will be taken online through Blackboard. You will have 72 hours in which to take each assessment; the exam’s time limit still applies, and it must be completed by the deadlines noted for each exam and assessment in the course calendar.  

HyFlex with Faculty-Defined Parameters (synchronous)

All exams and quizzes will be taken synchronously (during our usual class time) using Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor. To ensure social distancing, students need to identify their preference in advance of the exam using a shared, classwide document I have posted online (in MS Teams or Blackboard) (see deadlines in course calendar).
  • Remote students will need to ensure their webcam is engaged and show the area around the student (keyboard, desk).
  • In-class students may participate in the exam online or may have a hard copy of the exam.

Class Recordings

Recordings are not intended to be a replacement or substitute for attending lecture synchronously, but I recognize that some students will miss the lecture on some days. For this reason, recordings of each synchronous class/lecture will be available shortly after each class. I use <MS Teams or WebEx> to record class lectures. As soon as links are available, I will post these <identify where students can access recordings (i.e., Blackboard)>. If you miss a class meeting for any reason, make sure to get the notes from a peer who attended and watch the recordings. Enrollment in this course indicates your consent to audio and video recording for educational purposes related to this course. If you do not wish to be audio recorded, comments and questions can be submitted in written form via the “chat.”

Communication Devices and Technology During Class Meetings

When using technology during class, please be respectful of your neighbors. Your activity and screen are visible to them and can be distracting and are shown to decrease both your learning and that of your peers. Instagram, Netflix, YouTube, etc., as well as homework for other classes, should all be enjoyed outside of our classroom and class times.

Additional language for syllabi regarding university policies and procedures can be found on our Sample Statements for Syllabi page.