Malayan Colleges Laguna offers flexible hybrid courses

The HyFlex course format is an educational approach that combines face-to-face and online learning. Each course session and learning activity is offered in person, synchronously online and asynchronously online. Students can decide for each class or learning module how to participate.

In March 2022, Malayan Colleges Laguna, A Mapúa School is launching “HyFlex” flexible hybrid courses which allow students to choose to take courses face-to-face or online synchronously or asynchronously.

The flexible hybrid course format, or HyFlex, is an educational approach that combines face-to-face (F2F) and online learning. Each course session and learning activity is offered in person, online synchronously, and online asynchronously. Students can decide for each class or learning module how to participate.

Onsite classes may be at risk from climate change, natural disasters (including tropical depression, floods, and earthquakes), health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and other disruptions. As the campus reopens, students still face a series of uncertainties regarding health and safety, financial issues, and travel issues, among others.

The Malayan Colleges HyFlex model will maintain teaching and research activities as the circumstances of any given disruption or personal concerns unfold. It also allows students to choose different learning modalities that work best based on proximity to campus, work and family commitments, and other factors.

In HyFlex courses, students can choose from one of three participation paths:

  1. Participate in face-to-face class sessions in person (in a classroom setting)
  2. Participate in face-to-face course sessions by videoconference (Zoom and MS Teams)
  3. Participate fully asynchronously via MCLLearning Management System (LMS) powered by Blackboard Learn (BBL)

The system will make all class meetings and materials available to students online or in person, during or after class. Regardless of the path taken, all students will achieve the same learning goals.

Malayan Colleges Laguna has equipped its classrooms with video cameras and distributed microphones to create hybrid learning environments (“HyFlex classrooms”). Videoconferencing software such as Zoom and MS Teams connect in-person and remote students to synchronous learning sessions. All video conference sessions are recorded and uploaded to MCL’s LMS powered by BBL.

“Our goal in offering HyFlex courses is to reduce barriers to learning by providing equitable access and meaningful learning opportunities to all of our students,” said Dr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, President of Malayan Colleges Laguna. “Our HyFlex classrooms reconceptualize the learning experience and rethink how students interact with their teachers, learning content, and peers,” he added.

Selected HyFlex courses will start in the 3rd Quarter of the AY 2022-2023 (March 2022) when setting up restricted face-to-face courses. All relevant courses will use the HyFlex approach from AY 2022-2023 (August 2022).

“HyFlex courses would be valuable as they give flexibility even if you don’t intend to use them most of the time,” said a 3rd engineering student in year.

“The ability to be out of school that day for whatever reason and still get the information I need to do well in my classroom is great. Plus, I can access modules and learning materials, participate to forums and read and respond to messages from my teachers and classmates at any time, at my convenience.”

Learn more about unparalleled flexibility in learning. To visit mcl.edu.ph/mcl-hyflex for more details.

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