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Combining Virtual with In-Person? (Hybrid or Hyflex)

Description
Hybrid events (classes, meetings, etc.) combine some in-person activity with some participation through a virtual platform such as Zoom. Hybrid events have gotten a lot of attention over the past year but may be with us for the long term. A hybrid event brings some unique considerations for accessibility. How do we ensure that everyone can hear or otherwise have access to audio information? How do we ensure that everyone, especially online participants, can see all important components or otherwise have access to visual information? What might help make the experience of the online participants equitable to that of the people in the room? Hyflex course design is one implementation of the hybrid model. California State University, Northridge (CSUN’s) held a pilot of hyflex classes in Fall 2021. Hyflex course design has a set of “pillars,” one of which is accessibility. However, when we planned the pilot in the middle of 2021, we found very little guidance on how to make hyflex classes accessible and what considerations were important for hyflex classes. CSUN’s accessible technology team worked closely with departments across campus including disability services, information technology, academic technology and others. We produced a set of recommendations for hyflex classes. Many of these recommendations are relevant for most hybrid events. In this session, we’ll review what we learned through this process. We’ll share our recommendations. And we’ll explore what we’ve learned from the first semester of our hyflex pilot, and how that is shaping our planning moving forward.  
Audience
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Marketing
  • Administration & Business Support
Audience Level
Intermediate  
Session Summary (Abstract)
Accessibility is one pillar of the hyflex (hybrid) approach. But what does that mean, and how do you implement it? We’ll review what we learned prior to our hyflex pilot, the steps we took to improve accessibility when combining in-person with online participants, and lessons learned from our first semester.  
Session Type
General Track  
Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Video & Live Streaming
  • Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), & Cross/Mixed Reality (XR)

Presenters

  • Kathryn Tipton
    CSU Northridge
  • Van Nguyen
    CSU Northridge

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