Published: June 9, 2020 | Updated: August 18, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
Gone are the days of traditional classrooms and face-to-face learning. As the pandemic changes the way we live, the demand for a more flexible learning opportunity also increased. To address this growing necessity, schools all over the Philippines shifted to distance learning—a remote learning method where students don’t need to attend lectures and can study at their own pace. Keep on reading to know more about this set up and its difference with online learning. We also break down the pros and cons and list tools and resources you can use.
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Distance learning is a learning method where the teacher and student are separated geographically. There is no interaction between students, and little face-to-face interaction between students and their teachers.
In a distance learning set up, students may get their learning materials via snail mail, e-mail, or the internet. Learning assessments can be in the form of written exams or assignments, performance tasks, or portfolios. Students can also ask for support through the telephone, snail mail, e-mail, or instant messaging applications used by their teachers.
Also known as correspondence education, this method originally targeted non-traditional learners such as full-time employees or those who couldn’t physically attend a classroom lecture. Because of the growing demand for alternative learning arrangements, distance education now caters to almost every type of student.
Most people may think that distance learning and online learning are the same. While it’s an understandable confusion, there is a difference between them.
Distance learning is the “traditional” self-study course. Teachers mail learning resources or students may get them online. Students also have to complete the learning tasks based on the schedules assigned. While students and teachers can use the internet as a medium to receive and submit assignments, they do not interact via online lectures or online forums to discuss the learning materials.
On the other hand, online learning heavily uses the internet as a tool for education. There is a physical distance between students and teachers, but they can interact during virtual lectures and other online assessments. Classes are often scheduled at a specific time, with students needing to be online to attend the virtual lecture. In this setup, students can also discuss the lecture or ask questions to their teachers in real-time. Additionally, they can interact with fellow students via online platforms.
Most distance learning courses in the Philippines often cater to learners wanting to get a degree but can’t physically attend classroom lectures. Some of the institutions offering distance learning programs are:
The Department of Education (DepEd) also created an Internet-based education program (iDEP) and Open High School Program (OHSP) in 2011. These programs made distance learning possible for high school students who want to study at their own pace without attending a traditional classroom.
iDEP offers formal secondary education for high school students using Internet-based technologies. Classes are conducted and managed online. Meanwhile, OHSP provides learning opportunities for students wanting to complete secondary education in a purely distance-learning mode.
The following schools offer iDEP:
While OHSP are offered in the following schools in Metro Manila:
Aside from these schools offering iDEP and OHSP, there are distance learning programs for high school students offered by private academic institutions such as:
Distance learning may not be for everyone, especially for learners who like routines and schedules. To further understand if distance learning may work for you, look at these pros and cons of new normal in education:
Aside from self-motivation, you may need support to fully maximize your distance learning (or teaching) experience. Here are a few tools and resources that can help:
The platform offers a selection of game-like activities in English (and French!) for early learners, promoting reading comprehension enhancement.
Adarna House’s Eskuwelaro
Adarna and Raya School collaborated to bring storytelling and singing sessions for young learners. The videos are posted on Adarna’s YouTube page.
AHA! Learning Center
Resources via AHA! are free for most Filipinos. You can get modules on creative writing, devotions, and wellness via Google Docs or Facebook Messenger.
This platform offers free resources in social learning (SEL) growth strategies for parents and teachers. The materials also cover support for continued learning.
BrainPop encourages teachers and students to be more involved in the learning process. It offers free access to resources in Math, Science, Humanity, English, and more.
Cell-Ed is an online platform focusing on learner-centered and skills-based education. It offers offline options for students of the courses.
Common Sense Education
The non-profit organization offers tools and resources supporting school closures. It also offers tips on transitioning to online and at-home learning for teachers and parents.
This educational platform is created to support distance learning in the Philippines. You can access online review materials and lessons on the website. You can browse DepEd Commons without additional data charges if you’re a Globe or TM subscriber.
Discovery Channel’s online platform offers resources on science, history, and current events. It also provides ready-to-use digital lessons and learning resources for educators.
The channel launched its Stay at Home, Learn at Home program with DepEd’ssupport. You can watch episodes and segments of shows like Sineskwela and ATBP through TV Plus Go, ABS-CBN TV Plus 7, and Sky Cable channel 5. Some episodes are also up on their YouTube channel.
National Library of the Philippines Online
The country’s national library offers free online access to various scholarly titles covering different fields. You can access library information and science abstracts through the website.
If you’re a teacher, you can use this online platform to create more engaging learning content for your students. It offers various features that can make your instructional materials a little bit more interactive.
Philippine E-Journals provides scholarly articles and papers in various disciplines. You can easily locate abstracts and related articles using the website’s database.
You can learn art through Facebook by tuning in to Robert Alejandro’s live art sessions The former Art is Cool host offers tutorials for both kids and adults.
The publishing company launched a free online resource for students, parents, and teachers. You can get various materials for reading lessons on the platform.
Distance learning has become more valuable during the lockdown, with classes suspended from March 12 onwards for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers had to adjust lessons and assessments to become more distance learning-friendly, while students tried their hardest to continue their education during a time of uncertainty. Despite the General Community Quarantine’s lighter rules, the need for distance learning grows as the country continues to fight the outbreak. To address this, the DepEd will be implementing a more robust remote learning approach when classes start in August.
The DepEd says that the lack of access to technology should not be a problem as schools will provide printed materials for students. There will be three methods of distance learning schools can use:
Homeschooling may be another learning method to be used. Through homeschool, students will still access basic education. This method will be facilitated by qualified parents, tutors, or guardians. However, the policy for this is still under review.
The COVID-19 outbreak increased the need for distance learning. This setup offers little to no interaction between teachers and students. It is sometimes confused with online learning which uses the internet for virtual lectures, real-time assessments, and student-teacher interaction. Distance learning isn’t new but for most teachers and students it will still be quite an adjustment.
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