Since the pandemic began, nearly all schools in the country have shifted to flexible learning options as a way of coping with the quarantine protocols implemented by the government. The Department of Education (DepEd) said that this is by far the best way to adapt to what is called as the “New Normal Mode of Learning,” which uses distance and blended learning tools, as well as homeschooling techniques, until it is safe to do so.
Here’s a list of some flexible learning modes that were tested to be very effective for the new normal:
1. Modular Distance Learning
In this mode, students are given the option to use self-learning modules (SLMs) in physical form which could be delivered by school personnel to their stakeholders’ homes.
This allows those without ready access to the Internet to continue learning even without having to go to school.
2. Online Distance Learning
In online distance learning, teachers will be responsible for facilitating synchronous sessions to students with a stable Internet connection through the use of video communication channels.
Here, students are expected to dedicate time for doing, completing and submitting assignments through their assigned learning management system (LMS), as if they are attending traditional classes, but without leaving the comfort of their homes.
3. TV/Radio Based Learning
This deals with the use of SLMs which are transformed into multimedia materials which could be transmitted over the television and radio networks.
The advantage of this mode is that it is more accessible to those who already have the basic entertainment appliances at home, while schools may also provide CDs, USBs and DVDs to serve additional learning materials.
Students may then ask assistance from their teachers via phone call or text message, and where permitted, teachers can also conduct periodic visitations among students’ homes.
4. Blended Learning
The word “blended” is already a give-away when defining this learning mode. Here, a combination of face-to-face and online distance learning is being implemented, where most of the learning activities may be done by students using online platforms, while class discussions may be held during periodic physical interactions in school.
This is only currently possible in areas without community-wide restrictions on the movement of people, and when allowed, the strict implementation of social distancing and personal hygiene protocols is observed.
As an alternative to regular schooling, the practice of parents serving as educational facilitators to their children is seen to have been widely accepted over the recent years.
Parents choosing this flexible learning option may partner with a regular school and have the knowledge of their children credited using the standards of that school for the issuance of a certificate of completion or diploma.
Platforms that will be used but not limited to: modules, worksheets, activity sheets and the use of gadgets.
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