Succeeding with HyFlex Instruction at CMU


Upholding our mission of Engaging Learning, The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support continues to offer ongoing support for CMU instructors.   Here, we provide information and links to CIS developed resources that have been strategically designed and customized to meet your dynamic teaching and learning needs. 

What is HyFlex?

HyFlex is a course design and delivery model that brings together in-person classroom-based instruction and synchronous (real-time) internet-based instruction. All CMU classrooms will be equipped to facilitate HyFlex instruction. Precisely which and how each piece of the HyFlex model is implemented can vary considerably by discipline or course and some courses at CMU may require students to be present and in-person for hands-on work or use of specialized equipment. Students will receive information about how HyFlex will be used in each of their courses from their instructors as the semester begins.

The contents of this website provide a robust array of resources to assist in the development, design, and delivery of HyFlex courses. The following 6-minute video provides a broad overview of the HyFlex instructional methodology. It is intended to provide an introduction to the concept of HyFlex instruction and not necessarily how it will be implemented at CMU during a Pandemic or in specific courses.

HyFlex Classrooms at CMU

While dozens of CMU classrooms were already equipped for HyFlex delivery, a collaborative and diligent effort led by OIT over the summer will create hundreds more HyFlex spaces, designated as Type 1, 2, 3, or A rooms. A brief description of each room type follows.

  • Type 1 rooms are, generally speaking, the University’s smallest rooms, typically seating forty or fewer students under normal circumstances. These rooms will be equipped with a high definition webcam and integrated microphone affixed to a 17” pedestal, allowing for the camera to be pivoted, 360 degrees. Up to 60 type 1 rooms may be collaboratively identified to be configured with Type 2 technology.

  • Type 2 rooms, which will also include some smaller seating venues, are rooms that typically seat 40-80 students. In these larger venues, additional microphone(s) will be in place to effectively capture a wider range of in-room audio. The pedestal-mounted webcam will also be present.

  • Type 3 rooms are the largest seating capacity spaces on campus. The configuration in Type 3 rooms will augment the Type 2 configuration through the addition of a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera and a wireless microphone system to respectively capture video and audio from the instructor. An additional boundary microphone will be installed on the podium, facing the room, to capture audio generated by in-room students. The pedestal-mounted webcam will also be present, to be used as needed to display a view of the room.

  • Type A rooms are not representative of other room types, as they are not currently mediated and/or are often highly specialized spaces. Therefore, Type A rooms have very different technology requirements and other characteristics from one room to the next. These rooms are being evaluated to identify appropriate options.

To learn more about the technology configuration for CMU's HyFlex classrooms, access a list of rooms, and check on OIT's installation progress, visit the HyFlex Knowledgebase article.

HyFlex Resources

To help prepare and deliver your upcoming courses (HyFlex and beyond) you will find videos covering relevant evidence-based teaching and learning topics, experiential perspectives from CMU faculty, practical “How-To’s”, informational articles, and usable sample course materials, in the categorized sub-pages referenced below.   

Content Delivery in Multiple ModalitiesResources and information on topics ranging from classroom logistics and course management to communicating with and delivering content to students in diverse learning environments. 

Structuring Community and Sustaining ExpectationsConsider resources to help maintain high expectations, while fostering inclusivity, equity, and engagement in both online and face to face modalities.   

Tackling the Technology

Access materials to learn more about the technological resources that can help your course work for you and your students.  

Confirming Student Knowledge

All things assessment. From “in class” checks to final exams (and everything in between), how do we tell if our students are getting it? 

Your CIS Toolbox

Your one-stop-shop for access to materials and services designed to simplify your efforts, enhance your materials, and troubleshoot those troubles.   

Check this page after July 21 for updates and new resources.

For technical assistance, the first point of contact is the OIT Help Desk. Additional resources and contact information are available on the Office of Information Technology’s Help Desk page  

If additional assistance and consultation are needed, the CIS staff are available to support you. Contact us at or call 989-774-3615.