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)