FAITH Colleges braves the new world
Keeping true to its mission as an academic institution even during these challenging times, FAITH Colleges implements the Hybrid Classroom using blended learning for SY 2020-2021.
Learning continues despite disruptions
The aforementioned approach employs the use of different learning delivery modes to students. These include online distance learning, modular distance learning, radio-based via Airducation or FAITH’s School on Air, and in-person learning once allowed by the government.
“Since we have been delivering online learning for more than 15 years now, our faculty members have a solid experience in online learning. They write, design, and create their own content. They are adept in conducting online classes, and are comfortable with new technology,” emphasized by Mr. Juan P. Lozano, FAITH Colleges’ Executive Vice President.
While many other academic institutions scramble to find a way to effectively operate and educate amid this modern-day pandemic, FAITH Colleges, is lucky to have been at the forefront of using technology in the classroom. In fact, the school prides itself on being a pioneer in the country to deliver online learning using a Learning Management System (LMS)—as far back as 2003. The school was also later recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) as Best ICT Implementer in 2007.
Learning materials such as video lectures, narrated PowerPoint presentations, readings, activities, and other online learning content will be given each week to students via Genyo e-Learning, a learning management system distributed by Diwa Learning Systems Inc, which allows remote self-paced learning.
Aside from that, students will have scheduled synchronous discussions with their teachers via Zoom or Google Meet every week, with each session expected to last for one (1) hour.
In addition to the different distance learning options available, FAITH Colleges also offers a Home Education Program (HEP). Originally intended for learners whose schedules would not permit them to attend full-time schooling, like artists and athletes, and for physically-challenged students; the program is now also open to those who feel more comfortable learning from the safety of their homes due to the threat of COVID-19.
Central to this program and now others, is the school’s Family Involvement Program (FIP). This initiative has families actively participate in the Basic Education School’s efforts to promote best behaviors in the areas of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, all in the spirit of facing the new school year in the best way possible.
Preparing the campus for a safe return
When a nationwide community quarantine was implemented last March, FAITH Colleges immediately rolled out plans to migrate their activities online (e.g payment transactions, requesting documents, and enrollment). They also laid out protocols and new physical arrangements on the campus for when students, parents, the faculty, and staff are allowed to physically go back to school.
In order to minimize the risk of a possible infection, FAITH Colleges segregated its 5.4-hectare campus into six zones. These six areas are now separated and sealed off from each other. This also means no crossing of borders, most especially for students.
This also includes putting up separate entry and exit points for Basic Education Schools, Fidelis Senior High School, and Tertiary Schools. The school will also deploy thermal scanners, hand sanitizing stations, foot baths, and floor marks in each of these entrances and the different offices and facilities inside the campus. Likewise, a no-face mask, no-entry policy will be strictly observed.
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought extraordinary challenges to the FAITH Colleges community. However, these adversities have also presented a massive opportunity for the school to come together, to forge connections, and to share what strategies will work in the ‘new normal’ and beyond.