What is ShenFlex?
ShenFlex is what Shenandoah University is calling the plan that allows learning to occur both in-person and online, simultaneously, if needed. If it is necessary for a student or an instructor to learn or teach remotely, they can easily do so. Through ShenFlex, learning will occur, whenever, wherever, and however it needs to, as it meets the needs of students and instructors.
The ShenFlex model is adapted from the HyFlex (Hybrid-Flexible) course design developed in the mid-2000s to allow students to switch back and forth between in-person and virtual formats.
ShenFlex is designed to have controlled face-to-face components.
Courses integrate online and face-to-face learning communities where students sometimes meet in a physical space / classroom while also learning through online resources and activities. ShenFlex courses have significant face-to-face components, but also allow for students and faculty with medical or other demonstrated need to participate online. ShenFlex allows us to maintain significant face-to-face experiences for most students and faculty while adapting to space limitations, individual needs, and other constraints related to COVID-19.
Four Principles of ShenFlex
- Alternatives: Providing meaningful alternative participation modes for students and enabling faculty to navigate student in-person (classroom) presence and online options for student participation.
- Equivalence: Providing equally rigorous learning activities in all participation modes, which lead to equivalent learning outcomes regardless of class format.
- Community: Providing integrated online and face-to-face components with active engagement among and within all participation modes.
- Transparency: Providing clear information so that students understand their options in terms of how the course will be structured and the content will be delivered.
ShenFlex has been fantastic so far. I have tried every form of learning in the class (in-person, synchronously over zoom, and asynchronously via recorded lecture), and every one has proven to work well for me. I also have been able to participate in discussions through the use of Discord, so I have not missed out on that portion of SU courses. Overall, it has been a positive experience. Caitlyn Graulau ’23 | History and Esports Media & Communication Double-Major