The HyFlex Model: An Introduction for Exceptional Students through the Lens of the Community of Inquiry Framework

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Given the COVID 19 pandemic, the landscape of education may never be the same. With this swift paradigm shift to remote learning, educators will now need to focus on what methodology might benefit their students the most as we move forward into uncertainty in whether the classroom will be face to face, online, or a combination of the two. To develop a path that might best serve students with disabilities, the researchers conducted a literature review of the HyFlex model. Through the lens of the Community of Inquiry (COI) framework, the authors utilized current research to describe how the HyFlex model can heighten learning through teaching, cognitive, and social presence and identified individual barriers for each of the COI components. Finally, the researchers discussed the impact HyFlex learning and the COI can have on each of the Center for Exceptional Students Standards based on current literature.