Coming into this fall semester, Kelly Wilding, a part-time professor at Point Park University, knew it would be a challenge to create a tight bond among her class of 13 students in City-University Life, a mandatory course for first-year students.

The pandemic led to the implementation of a hyflex format at Point Park, in which students split time learning in person and online. Additionally, students had the option of taking the class fully online.

As a student in the Ph.D. in Community Engagement program at Point Park, Wilding was mindful of the family-like atmosphere that was built in her cohort.

“We communicate regularly, study together, socialize outside of school, support each other academically and personally, and genuinely care about each other,” Wilding said. “I asked myself how I could draw upon the experiences of my cohort in a much shorter time frame, and how can I facilitate relationships in a hyflex class?”

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About the Author:

Lou Corsaro is Assistant Managing Director of University Marketing & Public Relations at Point Park University, a private nonprofit institution in Pittsburgh, Pa., with nearly 4,000 students.