Brian Beatty

Hybrid-Flexible course design
San Francisco State University, USA

Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University (SFSU), USA. Brian’s primary areas of interest and research include social interaction in online learning, flipped classroom implementation, and developing instructional design theory for Hybrid-Flexible learning environments. At SFSU, Brian pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a ‘student-directed-hybrid’ approach to better support student learning. 

Previously (2012 – 2020), Brian was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations at SFSU, overseeing the Academic Technology unit and coordinating the use of technology in the academic programs across the university. He worked closely with IT professionals and leaders in other units to coordinate overall information technology strategic management at SFSU. Prior to 2012, Brian was Associate Professor and Chair of the Instructional Technologies department in the Graduate College of Education at SFSU. He received his PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2002. He also holds several CA single-subject teaching credentials, an MA in Instructional Technologies from SF State, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Brian has more than 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, trainer, and instructional designer at schools, businesses, and the US Navy. 

Beatty, B. J. (2019). Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing student-directed hybrid classes (1st ed.). EdTech Books.

Develop your teaching with Brian Beatty
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Designing HyFlex Courses
by Brian Beatty

HyFlex (hybrid-flexible) courses are multi-modal courses which offer students the choice of online or classroom-based learning. This course explains the design principles and suggests ways to get started.