Flex Summit Takeaways

UMass Flex Summit Takeaways

On April 12, 2022 UMass Amherst held the first UMass Flex Summit as an opportunity to learn more about the UMass Flex initiative.

Topics included:

  • How UMass Flex can open the door for more students
  • How to make decisions about flexible learning via a student-centered, inclusive, opt-in approach
  • How to integrate state-of-the-art technology and support for both instructional and non-instructional units

Watch the corresponding video to learn more.

More From UMass Flex Summit '22

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, PhD, presented his strategic plan for expanding online infrastructure to offer greater access to the excellence of the UMass educational experience.


Keynote: Dr. David Madigan

Dr. David Madigan, Provost and Senior Vice Presidentfor Academic Affairs at Northeastern University shares the ways NUflex enhances the in-person and online experience, supports teaching and learning, and provides digital flexibility for both instructors and students.


Keynote: Dr. Brian Beatty

Dr. Brian Beatty, Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, who pioneered the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, discusses its values and principles, along with its history and implementation.


Panel: Flexible Learning

A panel of administrators, faculty, and students draw on experiences from UMass Amherst, Northeastern and other universities to consider Flexible Learning through an institutional lens.


Panel: Flexible Course

This panel explores elevating educational quality and better serving students through Flexible Learning.


Flex Summit Closing

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy closes out the 2022 UMass Flex Summit.


UMass Flex Summit Keynote Speakers

Kumble Subbaswamy

Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

David Madigan

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University

Brian Beatty

Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies, San Francisco State University

UMass Flex Summit Panelists, Moderators, and Emcees

Mitch Julian Boucher

Senior Lecturer, UWW Interdisciplinary Studies, UMass Amherst

Jacqueline Castledine

Department Chair and Senior Lecturer, UWW Interdisciplinary Studies, UMass Amherst

Farshid Hajir

Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, UMass Amherst

Jim Kurose

Associate Chancellor of Partnership and Innovation, and Distinguished Professor of Information and Computer Science, UMass Amherst 

Adam Lechowicz

Undergraduate Student, Computer Science and Political Science, UMass Amherst

Mzamo P. Mangaliso

Associate Professor, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst

Tammy Rahhal

Associate Chair of Teaching, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

Heather Sharpes-Smith

Executive Director, Online Educational Technology, UMass Amherst

Rae Walker

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, Nursing, UMass Amherst 

John Wells

Senior Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Professor, Operations & Information Management, UMass Amherst 

Constance Yowell, Northeastern

Senior Vice Chancellor for Educational Innovation, Northeastern University

UMass Flex Summit: April 12, 2022