HyFlex Classrooms

As faculty and students return to campus it is important to prepare our learning environments for both remote and in person learning. It is likely that many students may need or choose to continue attending classes remotely. 
 
Toward supporting instruction in this environment, ETS has been upgrading classrooms to support courses being taught in the HyFlex modality. The HyFlex (or hybrid-flexible) course model combines face-to-face and online learning, providing students the flexibility to participate in each class session in-person, online synchronously, or online asynchronously.

Classroom Technology

Our HyFlex classrooms will allow faculty to easily access cameras and microphones that have been installed in these classrooms. Faculty who bring their own laptops to class need only connect a single USB cable, and both MacOS and Windows are supported. The Mac Mini installed in the lectern is already connected to the new AV.

 

Each HyFlex classroom will include:

  • One high-resolution camera pointed at the front of the classroom.
  • One high-resolution camera pointed at the student seating in the classroom.
  • High fidelity microphones mounted on the ceiling that will capture all audio in the classroom.

Everything has been designed to be very easy to use. For example, to use this new hardware in Zoom (or any telepresence software) you need only select the devices in the Preferences for the application.
 
The cameras are also configured for ease of use. The rear-facing camera aimed at the student seating is a wide-angle camera that will capture the entire classroom without any interaction or control required.
 
The front-facing camera has three preset camera shots that can be selected at any time by using the buttons on the lectern control panel. The camera shots are:

  • The lectern.
  • A wide shot that includes the entire front of the classroom.
  • A zoomed-in shot of the writing surface that at 9 feet, covers about 2/3s of the board.

We expect that these classrooms will be beneficial for faculty teaching in HyFlex environments as well as improving the learning experience for students attending classes remotely while we navigate the unprecedented challenges from COVID-19.

List of Classrooms

  • Cowell Hall 413, 414, 417, and 418
  • Education 006
  • Kalmanovitz Hall 111, 211, and 311
  • Lone Mountain 245, 355, 363, and 365
  • Howard 154, 155, 156, 450, 527 and 529
  • Kendrick 100, 101, and 102

The interactive list embedded below indicates classrooms equipped for HyFlex at the USF Hilltop Campus.

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The interactive list embedded below indicates classrooms equipped for HyFlex at the School of Law.

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The interactive list embedded below indicates classrooms equipped for HyFlex at the USF Downtown Campus.

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