HyFlex: Guidance and Discussion on Implementing Innovative Instruction

Session 2: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Friday March 01, 2024)



The Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model gives students agency in how they engage in learning; they can come to class, participate from home via video conferencing, or cover content through online asynchronous activities. Learners gain control over the time and place of learning and gain digital skills through use of video streaming and online learning technologies. Building on early research done at San Francisco State University in the mid 2000s (Beatty, 2019), the co-presenters have authored the Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education. The session will draw on content from the Guide and offer examples, through panel discussion, for how they are enacted in adult education classrooms today. This session begins with a brief intro to HyFlex, referring attendees to sections of the Guide and associated videos for future reference. Then, a panel of expert teachers and PD leaders share insights and answer questions about HyFlex in action.


Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Jen Vanek

World Education

Dr. Jen Vanek is a researcher, teacher educator, and PD facilitator focused on digital literacy, online learning, classroom technology integration, and English literacy and language learning. She directs IDEAL Consortium, a community of practice for adult education leaders who prioritize technology-rich educational opportunities for adult learners. Jen is co-principal investigator on US Department of Education funded research projects exploring technology use in adult education.

Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Destiny Simpson

EdTech Center at World Education / TIU 11

Destiny Simpson has worked in the adult education field, first as a volunteer tutor and then as a teacher, program manager, and professional developer. In her role as a consultant for the EdTech Center@World Education, she helps develop and facilitate courses, plan the annual IDEAL Consortium Summer Institute, and create resources for adult education organizations to use as they plan and implement distance education programs. She has a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Communications Tech.

CoPresenter Bio Photo

David Rosen

Newsome Associates

Dr. David J. Rosen co-authored the Guide for Design and Implementation of Hybrid–Flexible (HyFlex) Models in Adult Education. He has recently provided consulting, advising and/or professional development services to the Illinois Digital Learning Lab; ProLiteracy, and OTAN. For many years, he wrote the Adult Literacy Education Journal's "Technology Solutions for Adult Foundational Education Challenges" column and has co-authored two online guides on blended learning.

Lead Presenter Bio Photo

Ely Freedman

Sweetwater Schools


Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated discussion (60 minutes)


  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Support Staff or Other Staff (Transition Specialists, Counselors, Librarians, etc.)

Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Adults with Disabilities
  • English as a Second Language
  • Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship
  • Short-term Career Technical Education
  • Workforce Preparation

Category Strands

  • Digital Learning Models