This Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education provides guidance to adult education practitioners (teachers, staff, and administrators) and professional development leaders on how to initiate or improve their flexible multimodal instruction or courses, particularly the HyFlex model. This publication is the product of the authors’ collective efforts working with adult education practitioners who, inspired by their success with remote online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, took it upon themselves to better understand how to implement a HyFlex model to provide more flexibility for their learners.
The guidance presented here is based on Dr. Brian J. Beatty’s seminal work with Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) models in higher education and is gleaned from several data sources. Each author has facilitated technical assistance and professional development initiatives, such as the IDEAL Consortium HyFlex Study Group, the LINCs Technology Integration Community, and a Google Group devoted to peer support on HyFlex instruction issues. We observed HyFlex classes in action and interviewed 25 practitioners. With the permission of the educators involved, we drew out salient themes from notes, transcripts, and video recordings — themes that characterize HyFlex implementation in adult education classes and have defined the benefits and challenges it presents.