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November 15, 2020

Learning to Blend in the New Normal

HOLY CHILD’s Blended Learning Experiences

Education has been one of the most affected areas by the Covid-19 pandemic as governments across the world implemented lockdown policies. Educators, however, do believe that learning should not halt. The pandemic crisis has instigated a lot of shifts in society and has forced even the educational sector to do different experimentations of new designs and modalities of teaching and learning.

Different schools have presented numerous answers to address the continuation of educational processes. These include the introduction of distance learning. In the Philippines, where Covid-19 cases continue to increase, “New Normal” conditions in the school setting were also presented. However, challenges and issues were observed while implementing several approaches during the “new” normal.

HOLY CHILD College of Davao was also not spared to experience this dilemma- learning to blend in the “new normal”.

Learning to blend in with the “new normal” should primarily be considered in the planning and implementation of the “new normal” educational policies. Schools are considered public places where large numbers of people are unavoidable, and children are vulnerable. Thus, HOLY CHILD College of Davao continuously implements different studies and surveys to get both the students’ and parents’ notions and experiences. These two-point-of-views may help in responding to issues, problems, and trends that are currently arising and may arise in the future due to the Covid-19 pandemic or other similar cases.

We have gathered the responses of our students from the surveys that we have administered. By looking at the lens of the students’ perspective on the blended learning approach that the school has implemented, the study showed different spectrums of experiences ranging from positive to negative responses. Some students believe that online class teaching is helpful for their growth and their future career because they agree that the correct use of technology in the learning process will help them. Others also believe that they feel motivated to work more independently. Some students are also satisfied with distance learning. But few others feel uncomfortable spending several class hours on computers; other students think that quality education can’t take place without face-to-face interaction with their teachers. Furthermore, the results of the survey also show students who are experiencing dilemmas over some activities that they used to do while there was still no pandemic. Among these are meeting their classmates and instructors face-to-face, driving, or commuting to school.

STUDENT’S RATING OF THE NEW FORMAT

N Minimum Maximum Mean Std Deviation

Student’s Satisfaction Valid N (Likewise)

730

730

1.00 10.00 8.1110 1.95000
Descriptive Interpretation mean = 6.11 satisfied

 

PARENT’S RATING OF THE NEW FORMAT

N Minimum Maximum Mean Std Deviation

Parent’s Satisfaction Valid N (Likewise)

228

228

1.00 10.00 6.8684 1.57353
Descriptive Interpretation mean = 6.86 satisfied

Additionally, the parents also shared their views about the current situation and the present form of education given to their children. Most of them were confident in their ability to make their children meet their learning needs and school requirements. Some also believe that their children are more likely focused entirely on doing academic works while at home. But others still think that their children may have too many school activities even after school hours. Like the students, parents are also satisfied with the present distance learning because, with the growing cases of Covid19, they feel secure when they see their children just inside their houses. 

In general, both students and parents of the institution preferred distance learning as a method of teaching and learning. They see more advantages of conducting this type of learning modalities in this “new” norm than other modalities. But this did not stop them to think of continuing the traditional way of education setting – physical, face-to-face classroom set up.

To conclude, the surveys were administered to the HOLY CHILD students and parents, as respondents may provide us with good ideas and results about how their experiences during the present situation affect their learning. Through this, we continue to study and gather the information that may be helpful in the transition during the new normal, the four corners of the classroom, the blending-in of education in the digital frontier, and the formulation of better approaches, modalities, and policies for our school and other private schools.