Graduate FlexX Courses
Xavier’s FlexX courses are designed to provide graduate students with the flexibility to attend each class period either in person or remotely (via Zoom) to accommodate each student’s individual schedule. This mode of instruction and course delivery is frequently referenced in academia as a “HyFlex” model. Importantly, Xavier FlexX courses are designed to embrace Xavier’s mission and identity emphasizing an appreciation of and care for the whole person (Cura Personalis).
FlexX courses allow students to fully participate in class discussions, activities, and assignments, either face-to-face or via Zoom. Graduate students are often challenged with balancing daily schedules in relationship to their employment, professional obligations, family commitments, travel, and transportation issues, necessitating flexibility regarding in person attendance. Additionally, students experience health and medical challenges, making it difficult to be present in the classroom. For others, having a choice of attending class in person or remotely, can be less stressful and supportive of one’s health and will being as well as individual learning styles.
FlexX Course Features
In a mindful and attentional fashion, faculty members include course content, questions, activities, and feedback prompts for both face-to-face and remote learners, allowing for real-time class interactions and reactions. Using Canvas, professors post Power Points and materials prior to each class. In addition to live video and sound, remote students use the chat functionality for class participation. Regardless of the mode of attendance, students are expected to have read relevant materials and be prepared to engage and participate in class discussions. Office hours are offered for in person or remote faculty-student meetings, typically before or after class time.
In each course, remote and in person students are queried for feedback concerning interactive strengths and challenges with in person and synchronous learning. The goal is to facilitate equitable participation between in person and remote learners.
The option for total remote attendance contributes to the ability of an inclusive and diverse student course enrollment and participation. Diversity of person, thought, perspective, and area of residence or employment contributes to the enrichment of learning and the educational experience.