CNU adopts flexible teaching and learning delivery

Cebu Normal University (CNU) has decided to adopt the Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery as its instructional delivery mode for the upcoming academic year which starts this September.

The announcement was made last Tuesday, July 21, through a post on the CNU official Facebook page.

The Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery makes use of online distance learning with the practice of synchronous and asynchronous types of learning.

Synchronous learning makes use of software platforms or video-communication services such as Zoom and Google Meet to conduct ‘real-time’ virtual classes, while asynchronous learning makes use of web services like Google classroom and emails to provide modules and assignments to students and the classes are not real-time.

The CNU faculty members have equipped themselves with these types of learning as the challenge of the new normal in education has arisen.

Read related article: [CNU holds its first webinar series in preparation for the ‘new normal’]

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon confirmed that students would not have to report physically in school during the start of the upcoming academic year as the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues.

The Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) will conduct online distance learning utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous means. Work-text books will still be used so that learning would not be purely conducted online. Parents and guardians are advised to supervise the students to ensure learning.    

The undergraduate students are given two options – online and offline distance learning.

The online distance learning is intended for those students who have stable internet connection to practice synchronous and asynchronous learning, and virtual classes will only be conducted if necessary.

Offline distance learning is an option for students with unstable or no internet connection. Students can communicate with their teachers through messenger and text and submit their tasks/assignments through email.

Self-learning modules will be provided for those students who would go for offline distance learning. A system on the delivery of modules and submission of outputs is still being finalized and will be announced later on.

The Graduate School will purely practice online distance learning which can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both.

Palompon said that the online mode for graduate studies was implemented starting last March 2020 when classes were suspended due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). She said that online distance learning shall be continued as part of the University’s long-term plan for graduate students. (JDF)

#ThankyouCNU: A tapestry of blissful memories

Cebu Normal University (CNU) celebrated its 118th founding anniversary and 22nd anniversary as a University, and as a way for its stakeholders to express their gratitude, they participated in the photo-posting activity dubbed as, #ThankyouCNU

#ThankyouCNU was launched during the opening salvo of the two-week foundation anniversary celebration last June 15. CNU alumni, students, teachers, employees, and other stakeholders were encouraged to post on their Facebook account their unforgettable memories of/in/about CNU using the said hashtag.  

Read related article: [CNU opens 118th foundation celebration]

These posts were then compiled and presented during the 118th Foundation Celebration Closing Program that was live-streamed through the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook account last Saturday, June 27.

Read related article: [CNU nails its virtual foundation celebration closing]

Overflowing gratitude

Quality education and excellence-cultivation, made colorful by each stakeholder’s distinct experiences, were the general themes of #ThankyouCNU.

Alumni, former educators, and employees have grown and are now practicing in different fields. Their time spent with the University has also built lasting love and friendship among others. 

“I will never become who I am today if it is not for all the opportunities that CNU has provided me from the very beginning,” Joselito Tumulak Jr., CNU BS Chemistry-Physics alumnus (Batch 2017) said in his post. 

He said that it was in CNU that he met a lot of inspiring mentors that have changed his life for the better and where he met his lifelong friends. He also said that CNU has taught him the value of work and to be resourceful and creative.

Tumulak was a topnotcher (6th placer) in the October 2017 Chemical Technician Licensure Examination. He is now a practicing educator in a private institution. 

Julie May Maribojo-Gesta, CNU BSEd-Mathematics alumna (Batch 2009) said that she has a lot of memories in CNU for having studied 16 years in the institution since elementary.

She said that she has joined different extracurricular organizations including the Drums and Lyre Corps when she was in elementary. She also became a CAT officer in high school and a member and soloist of the CNU Chorale in college.

But she said that the most memorable memory she has with CNU is when she met her classmate, who became her boyfriend and now her husband.  

“I could never thank CNU enough for honing me to what I have become now… I am continually indebted for all the life lessons you have taught me,” Mary Grace Luna, CNU BSEd-English alumna (Batch 2007) said. 

Luna was the first Normalite who qualified for the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) and became one of the 80 participants who made it to the final congress in 2006.

She was also the first Normalite chosen to become part of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) in Region 7 in 2007.

Mechelle Canoy, CNU Psychology alumna (Batch 2018) said that she considers herself blessed, thankful, and grateful for having served as a public servant through CNU. She is currently working at the Public Information Office of the University.

She said that she became a person who thrives hard to accomplish her deliverables, who takes the lead in upholding quality in whatever she does, and who always has the heart to serve her clients and colleagues. 

“As a teacher in Cebu Normal University for 15 years, I draw inspiration and strength from my students,” Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said.

She said that she learns from her students and strives to become a better person every single step of her journey. She said that she is grateful that CNU has provided her a home, a family with her students, colleagues, and friends.

A recording of all the events that took place during the 118th Foundation Celebration of CNU can be viewed at the CNU PIO official YouTube channel(JDF)

CNU nails its virtual foundation celebration closing

Cebu Normal University (CNU) culminated remotely its 118th foundation celebration and 22nd anniversary as a University upholding that it continues to thrive, lead, and serve despite the ongoing health crisis brought by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The Culminating Program of the 118th founding anniversary of CNU with the theme, Thriving, Leading, and Serving in the New Normal was held last Saturday, June 27 through a live-stream in the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) official Facebook account.

Messages from different stakeholders and presentations from the Normalite community made the customary annual celebration more meaningful.    

“This year’s foundation celebration is made more meaningful as it strives to establish its resiliency in education amidst the health crisis we are in. As we come to the culmination of this two-week celebration, CNU has shown how it thrives, leads, and serves in this new normal,” CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPPA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said.

“CNU thrives in a century and 18 years and overcame all challenges it went through, and more importantly it will not only thrive in this new normal but it will also continue to flourish as centers of excellence in education… and is taking the lead in a resilient, flexible, [and] inclusive quality education,” she said.

“As a state-funded University, service with quality and integrity is our brand as public servants,” Palompon added.

Cebu 1st District congressman, Atty. Eduardo Gullas – the Father of CNU Charter – said that his efforts in debating in congress then “was truly worth it as I see through the years that CNU has produced leaders, educators, and professionals who have excelled in their field of specialty and put the institution’s name as one of the prestigious universities in the country today.” 

Gullas is the principal author of the house of bill that enacted Republic Act 8688 which converted Cebu State College (CSC) into Cebu Normal University in 1998.

“May we continue to thrive, lead, and serve in the new normal amid the pandemic. Most importantly, may we continue to stay healthy and humble, and trust God to protect us and our families,” he added.

“To thrive in difficult times requires not only a strong visionary leadership but a collective effort of every member of the educational community towards the direction of excellence. It is important then for all of us to support each other in this shared vision. Rest assured that your board is supportive of the University’s plans and projects as it reframes the delivery of its services in the new normal.” Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner and CNU Board of Regents (BOR) Chair, Dr. Perfecto Alibin, said.

“The changes in the educational landscape brought about by the pandemic and unprecedented leadership amid the global health crisis requires [sic] the courage to be trailblazers and to take roads that have literally been never traveled before and to create the path that has never been discovered,” he said.

“We hope that your history of 118 years of overcoming one challenge after another will inspire all of you to continue leading in this challenging journey ahead. Lastly, and the most important challenge of all especially for State Colleges and Universities is the call to serve. I congratulate CNU for recognizing the crucial role of Higher Education Institutions in these trying times. Indeed, the true measure of excellence is the significance and relevance the institution brings to the communities it partners with,” he added.

After the messages, CNU alumna and former faculty member, Dr. Marita Omega-Nalam, who is now teaching in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, rendered her version of Lea Salonga’s The Journey on guitar to start the series of performances to complete the celebration.

A dance presentation to the beat of Disney’s We’re All in This Together from the CNU Administrative Council headed by CNU President, Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, followed afterwards.

The CNU Chorale then performed Ron Hamilton’s Servant’s Heart as a tribute to all frontliners of the pandemic exhibiting photos of the Innovative CNU Assistance and Relief Effort (iCARE) program of the University. 

A photo compilation of the #ThankyouCNU Facebook posts by the different stakeholders of CNU was also presented highlighting their memorable experiences in the University. 

CNU Chief Administrative Officer for Finance Dr. Evelyn Tradio gave the parting message and recalled all the events that took place within the two-week celebration stating that the first-ever online or virtual commemoration of the University’s founding anniversary is a testament that nothing can dampen CNU’s celebration of its success.  

The celebration ended with the signing of the CNU hymn.

A recording of the CNU 118th Foundation Celebration Closing Program can also be viewed at the CNU PIO official YouTube channel(JDF)

Former CNU educators embody the ‘Normalite’ excellence

Former Cebu Normal University (CNU) faculty members from across the globe shared their experiences and how they adapted to the new normal as they gathered virtually (for the first time in so many years) to commemorate the 118th founding anniversary of the institution.

A session called CNU Family Interaction featuring the former educators of CNU who are now based in different counties across three continents was live-streamed last Saturday, June 27 at the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook account.

The session was facilitated by Dr. Marita Nalam and Dr. Raul Rossell, and was participated in by Dr. Nancy Villanueva, Mrs. Elena Dumangas, Mr. Nixon Go, Mrs. Maria Lilibeth Abaquita, Dr. Rico Paja, Dr. Arlene Bachinela, Dr. Ernest Yu, Dr. Fides Ybanez, Dr. Amelianita Jugasan, Mr. Ramil Orbita, Dr. Patrocinio Malazarte Jr., Dr. Gil Baguio, Dr. Pops Singson, Dr. Gina Lopez, Dr. Editha Obejero, Mrs. Marivic Quiachon, and Mr. Arcelieto Quiachon.

“Cebu Normal University is a home for successful educators, a home for topnotchers, and it offers high-quality education that prepares students to be globally competent,” Villanueva said as something she will always remember about CNU.

She said that she is thankful to have worked with competent teachers who prepared her to be successful in her teaching career abroad. 

“I was very happy when I got the chance to become part of the faculty which is a way for me to give back to how CNU has shaped and molded me as a professional,” Nalam said. 

Nalam is also an alumna of the University where she finished her elementary, high school, and graduate studies. She is currently teaching in Manitoba, Canada. 

Lopez said that it was tenacity that made her survive for 15 years now in a foreign land. She said that she would have succumbed to pressure and would have easily gone back home had it not been because of her experiences in CNU. 

Lopez admitted feeling guilty for leaving the University and shared that she would join programs that are still connected to the country. She has now considered herself as part of those who helped float the economy of the Philippines. 

Dr. Bibiana Isok, CNU Faculty Association Incorporated (FAI) President, who convened the session said that had she been the administrator back then, she would have stopped the teachers from leaving. But she also said that it was also a way of giving chance to others which the former teachers agreed.

Adjustment to the ‘new normal’

Dumangas, who is a teacher now in South Korea said she does a lot of activities, homework, and assignments now that everybody has entered this ‘new normal’. She also shared that what is nice is that they have a system where they could just upload their lessons in video format for the students to watch.

Abaquita, who now teaches in Australia said they make use of web-based software also but are already back to the face-to-face mode of instructional delivery. 

Nalam said that it was not a difficult transition for them in Canada because they have already been practicing blended learning. She said that they have a portal where teachers can input their exams in different types.

Messages  

Nalam said that CNU has exemplified “the real essence of brilliance, significance to community, and excellence” and for that she will remain proud as a Normalite.

Bachinela congratulates the University for keeping stronger each year through the numerous accomplishments it has achieved locally, regionally, and nationally. She said it looks like CNU is going international also. 

Gil said that everything he is right now – as an educator and as a person – he owes it to CNU. He said that it is a great pleasure to be a Normalite and to be a professor of CNU.

“You are indeed a capability-builder and all those times that we were there, you built us up. People all over the world always remember CNU and what we got from there,” Lopez said.

A recording of the CNU Family Interaction can also be viewed at the CNU PIO official YouTube channel(JDF)

CNU Alumni to the world: Testimonials of excellence

Crimson and gold, which signify excellence, inevitably become part of every Normalite’s identity after they graduate from Cebu Normal University (CNU).

This is proven true yet again as some CNU alumni who have already conquered various corners of the globe gave their testament on how they took excellence with them through the talk, CNU Alumni to the World and for the World which was live-streamed last Monday, June 22, at the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook account.

Alumni of then Cebu State College (CSC) now CNU shared how their formative years and growth in the institution has enabled and prepared them to be world-class educators, leaders, and advocates.   

Dr. Nerissa Linell Joie Tago Calub, CNU alumni, former Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu Province Division, and now Education Administrator IV of the New York City Department of Education organized the talk called Conversations with the CNU alumni in North America that includes USA and Canada. 

“Your presence in the United States is contributory to that pride that Cebu Normal University is indeed successful in its mission to produce quality graduates…proving to the entire world that CNU alumni are always great,” Dr. Ramir Uytico, CNU Federation of Cebu Normal University Alumni Association Incorporated (FCNUAAI) President said.

The conversations was facilitated by Calub and was participated in by: Ms. JohJoh Seno Demol-Jenae, Mathematics Teacher of Bronx International High School in the New York City Department of Education; Dr. Amelianita Jugasan, Grade 1 Teacher of Prince George County Public Schools in Maryland, USA; Mr. Melvin Damaolao, Assistant Principal of Bronx International High School in the New York City Department of Education; Mr. Nixon Go, Assistant Nurse Manager of Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Walnut Creek Medical Center in California USA; Mr. Marcelo Inot, Math Teacher of New Utrecht High School in the New York City Department of Education; Atty. Alberto Montefalcon Jr., Immigration Attorney of Montefalcon Law Offices in USA and the Philippines; Atty. Rhigel Jay Tan, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Atty. Marco Tomakin, Immigration Attorney of the Law Office of Marco FG Tomakin in Albany, New York, USA.

The talk was conducted as part of the 118th Foundation Celebration of the University and is the second portion of the discussion on how the University has been leading in the new normal in relevance to this year’s foundation anniversary theme, Thriving, Leading, and Serving in the New Normal. 

Read related article: [Former student leaders motivate Normalites

“CNU has equipped me with the necessary tools to persevere and become productive in my teaching profession. This is because Cebu Normal University has instilled in me how to cope with the demands of my work and to balance with my responsibilities for my family,” Inot said. 

Inot has spent seven years as a classroom teacher, and eight years as an administrator in the country before he decided to migrate to a different country. He said he took the risk after he was offered a job in New York even if it means “back to square one” to provide a good life for his family. He said he took four licensure exams to be able to stay and be given a permanent teaching position in the US. 

He is the current President of the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America Inc. or AFTA, the premier Filipino-American Teacher organization in the US.

Damaolao said that being resourceful, resilient, and adaptable are the significant learnings he has acquired as a Normalite.  

He said one must find out first what he or she loves to do and to work towards it to become successful. He encouraged Normalites to create doable and attainable goals. He also recommended that one must find balance in life, work hard and still have time for family and friends. He said one should also not be afraid to fail to succeed.

“Know what you want to do. Don’t just trust that chances will bring you there,” Dr. Tan also said.

“What you think is best for you and what you define life will be will get you there,” he also added.

Tan has spent 20 years at CNU as a student from kindergarten to graduate school. He claims the University to have instilled in him the passion for learning and the quest to be innovative and creative.

Jugasan also encouraged the Normalite community to never stop learning and to seize every opportunity to enrich oneself since learning continues as long as we live.

She reminded Normalites to enjoy the present moment still since tomorrow is never a promise to anybody. She also advised to wisely pick one’s battles in life because not all are worth fighting for. She said it is also a human need to be appreciated, so one should celebrate success also and pray hard.

Jugasan was a former Professor and Board Secretary of CNU before migrating to the US.

A recording of the CNU Alumni to the World and for the World can also be viewed at the CNU PIO official YouTube channel(JDF)

CNU to conduct 1st webinar series

Cebu Normal University (CNU) will conduct its first webinar series to be attended by all faculty members in the University to prepare for the new normal in education come academic year 2020-2021.

The Webinar Series on Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching and Learning for CNU faculty members will take place on May 29 to June 5, 2020. 

Synchronous teaching and learning (T-L) is a form of online teaching where teachers and students may have a real-time interaction with their class discussions through the use of chat rooms and other online platforms.

Asynchronous T-L is another form of distance learning but does not necessarily require real-time interaction online. In this mode, the students are to perform certain learning activities and submit their proofs of learning in any given time through email or online forms.

The conduct of the webinar series was spearheaded by CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon in preparation for the reframing of teaching and learning processes brought by the pandemic.

Palompon said that students’ learning should not be compromised with the uncertainties that might occur in the future.

The upcoming webinar series will be the first phase out of the three phases of the Innovative Flex Learning Online Academic Training (iFLOAT). 

iFLOAT aims “to expose and train faculty members on the different approaches on module development and learning management systems for future directions in the academic approaches on teaching and learning,” Palompon said. 

The first phase of the iFLOAT – Upskilling and Rewiring is composed of a four-part webinar series. The series is composed of four topics, namely: Flexible Learning: An Approach to Module Development; Google Classroom as Online Teaching-Learning Platform; Interactive Module Development; and Neo Learning Management System (LMS) as Online Teaching-Learning Platform. 

Trainers of the webinar series will come from the internal experts of the University. The webinar series will also serve as peer mentoring among the CNU faculty members, Palompon said. 

Electronic certificates will be provided to the participants of the webinar series after completing and submitting the evaluation forms of each topic online. The recorded version of the webinar series will be uploaded in the official Youtube account of the University and will be nested in its official website so that the public can also have access to it. (JDF)

CNU makes sure no student fails this sem

Cebu Normal University (CNU) has adopted a unique modification to the mass promotion concept as it announced the ending of the current school semester through its Strategic Action amid Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Modified Academic Plan (MAP).

Read related article: [CNU decides to end the current school semester]
    

“None of the students will be declared failed this semester, however, they are given the chance to comply [with their] academic requirements for one year,” Dr. Daisy Palompon, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) said.

“Faculty members can opt to use the midterm rating as basis for the final rating,” Palompon said as stated in the MAP for undergraduate and graduate studies.

Alternative assessments and home-based tasks given by the teachers can also be used in the computation of grades for all students.

Read: [CNU Strategic Actions Amid COVID-19]

“Students need to have a report of rating at the end of the semester since this will have implications for their qualification in their future employment; moreover, there are students who are also aspiring for honors or are currently having their scholarships which require ratings as basis for the continuation of their privileges as scholars,” Palompon said. 

“In [the usual] mass promotion, teachers will only report PASSED in the end-of-semester academic report of the students,” she said. 

According to Mr. Elvin Ruiz, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) faculty, ending the semester and having students comply with certain requirements instead of mass promoting students is the most appropriate decision.

“While mass promotion is democratic, it may not be fair,” he said. 

He said that the students’ midterm grade must be taken into consideration especially for those students who did their level best in their academic subjects.  

Ruiz said that students also have to understand that just because mass promotion was not done, does not mean their demands were not heard or understood.

“The Admin sought to look for the most appropriate course of action that will not only benefit the students but also the entire CNU community and its stakeholders,” he said. 

Ms. Sheena Marie Lopez, a Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education (BTLEd) 2 student said that the given one year period for students to comply with the academic requirements is agreeable especially for those who are having a hard time accessing the internet to catch up with the submission of requirements.

She said that some students have parents who are on no work, no pay arrangement and are severely affected by the health crisis. She said that she would rather spend on food than buy load for internet connection. She said that not all students even have smartphones and may be left behind in submitting class activities.  

Lopez said that as a student, it is still necessary to submit requirements to make up for their final grade. She said that she will conform with the decisions of her professors, but she hopes that the teachers would be considerate with the happenings brought by the pandemic. 

“We are compassionate especially amidst tribulations, but uncompromising in our pursuit for excellence,” Ruiz said. (JDF)

CNU to hold phone interviews

Cebu Normal University (CNU) will conduct phone or online interviews for the first year qualifiers of AY 2020-2021 as the new normal calls for it to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The phone or online interviews will take place from May 18 – June 12, 2020. The pre-enrollment period will follow afterward from July 27 – August 13, 2020 where qualifiers are asked to submit their requirements in the University. 

Read: [1st Year Qualifiers Schedule of Phone/Online Interview & Pre-enrollment]

Faculty members from different colleges will conduct the interview through the phone. The qualifiers are advised to keep their lines open during the interview schedule.

Those who would like to change or update their mobile numbers are advised to contact the respective college department where they submitted their application or send them an email. The contact information can be found on the results posted at the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook account.

According to Mr. James Louies Un, Psychology department faculty, the interview is a way to confirm the qualifiers’ intent to enroll and gauge how interested they are in doing so. At the same time, it is a way to give the list of pre-enrollment requirements to the qualifiers.

The interview is also a chance for applicants to meet their future professors. Further, it is an avenue for applicants to decide if they really wish to proceed with their chosen degree program or consider pursuing something else. 

Mr. Louiechi Von Mendoza, Public Governance department faculty, cited possible drawbacks of phone interviews and said that there might be a possibility that the students may not be reached or a loss of signal may take place. 

He said that inaccurate or outdated contact numbers of the qualifiers may be a minor risk too. He also said that the phone interview will likely lessen the chance of really knowing the qualifiers. According to him, there are times when interviewers look into aspects such as the qualifiers’ composure and other nonverbal cues which other degree programs require, and the qualifiers’ eager interest with the limited slots.

“We are left with no [other] option at this time of pandemic,” Mendoza said. 

He said that he is in favor of conducting phone interviews despite its setbacks rather than having no interviews at all. 

The qualifiers and the public are strongly advised to follow the general guidelines when visiting the University as stipulated in the CNU Strategic Actions Amid COVID-19 once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted.

Read: [CNU Strategic Actions Amid COVID-19]

(JDF)

1st Year Qualifiers Schedule of Phone/Online Interview & Pre-enrollment

Attention: First Year Qualifiers for AY 2020-2021

Schedule of phone/online Interview and Pre-enrollment

INTERVIEW SCHEDULE                                                 May 18 – June 12, 2020

Note: For the interview, a faculty interviewer will contact the student qualifier through mobile phone. Qualifiers are then advised to keep their lines (the ones they provided in the application form) open from May 18-June 12.

Updated as of July 1, 2020
Pre-enrolment schedule has been changed from July 6 – 31, 2020. Please keep posted for the details of the enrolment process.

REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements are to be submitted to the University during the pre-enrollment schedule:

  • Medical Certificate (from a government or private physician)
  • Original Senior High School Report card with LRN (learner’s reference number)
  • Original Copy of Certificate of Good Moral Character
  • Original Copy of NSO with receipt
  • Photocopy of NCAE Result (if available)
  • Expanded Long Brown Envelope
  • 2 mailing Ordinary Long White Envelopes
  • 2 pieces 2X2 ID picture (recent photo)
  • Postage Stamps (worth Php 30)
  • Personal Data Sheet
  • Commitment Form

For those qualifiers who have changed their mobile number, please contact:

Medellin Campus
Mobile number: 0965-347-4841 or 0999-107-6105
Email address: medellincampus@cnu.edu.ph

Balamban Campus
Mobile number: 0948-576-8976 or 0946-200-3819
Email address: balambancampus@cnu.edu.ph

College of Teacher Education (CTE)
Mobile number 0995-976-9382 or 0932-639-8715
Email address: mariahermana11@gmail.com

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Mobile number: 0956-599-0256
Email address: cnucas@cnu.edu.ph

College of Nursing (CN)
Mobile number: 0923-295-8851 | 0936-986-7469 |0977-778-4637
Email address: cn@cnu.edu.ph

Teaching-learning in light of COVID-19, CNU’s challenges and response

The class suspension during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) brought by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis has deferred regular classes in schools and has urged educators to explore learning strategies that could better engage students without them being physically present.

According to Dr. Daisy Palompon, Cebu Normal University (CNU) Vice President for Academic Affairs, the COVID-19 health crisis is a circumstance at which alternative ways of learning can be introduced.

Palompon said that the blended learning approach is done in most classes where traditional and online learning is combined; however, in the situation of COVID-19 health crisis, not all teachers and students have full access to the necessary technologies.

Read related article: [Teaching-learning challenges amid COVID-19]

She said that structurally, our region is not ready for full online learning since not all areas have access to internet or even mobile phone signals.

“Online courses require the readiness assessment of the learners which include the availability of ICT gadgets and a strong internet connection.” Palompon said.

“The use of online learning is indeed a very good alternative for face-to-face learning; however, there are competencies which could not be learned through online learning alone,” she added.

She said that there are still courses that require practicum, related learning experience, or On-the-Job Training (OJT) such as the development of the art and skills of teaching and nursing care among others.

It is not new

Palompon said that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have already been encouraged to introduce innovations in learning strategies through seamless learning with other learners around the globe. 

“The principle of which is that expertise may not only be learned in our local HEIs but could also be found in our neighboring countries. And that learning could not only be done by actual classroom experience but can also take place in virtual learning set-ups,” Palompon said.

She said that exploring effective ways of learning for the new generations of learners is encouraged by taking advantage of their interests in the use of technology. Hence, blended learning was introduced such as the use of flipped classrooms. 

“Alternative ways of learning are also introduced to enable more potential students who cannot be present in the physical classroom due to work demands and other household concerns [to continue learning], hence, online learning or distance learning came about,” Palompon said.

“Learning is dynamic and it continues for every individual. CNU has proposed proactive measures for the academic needs of the students,” she added.

According to Palompon, COVID-19 has created a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) situation. Hence, our proactive measures would be as flexible as the nature of the health crisis [itself]. 

Way forward

“The whole academic community will review our course map before the start of the next school year and will be reintegrating the competencies not attained within this semester in related courses by next school year,” Palompon said. 

“Developing an integrated approach for teaching-learning will best be explored with the foremost consideration of using platforms that will not require much internet use or ICT facilities,” she added. (JDF)

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