More than 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered, both virtually and in the new Student Union Ballroom, for UMass Amherst’s inaugural Flex Summit, held Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. p.m
The UMass Flex program, launched by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in 2018, is an expansion of the university’s pioneering completion program, the University Without Walls, now in its 50th year. Explore ways to present the entire college experience, from classes to career services, to students and instructors, both on and off campus.
Highlights of the full program can be found on the UMass Flex Summit site.
The summit emphasized the additional options students will experience through UMass Flex, allowing them to take courses while participating in internships, service learning, international experiences and other long-term opportunities off campus.
For faculty and staff, UMass Flex will use adaptive and accessible technology solutions to engage students in active and deep learning and support multiple types of instruction and interaction.
“UMass Flex is not a substitute for traditional classroom learning – it is an additional part of the process,” Subbaswamy said in his opening remarks. “It builds on our reputation for excellence in face-to-face teaching and expands learning opportunities, with students interacting, discussing and collaborating, both synchronously and asynchronously.”