Connect with us

News

Students not ready for self-directed learning—EdTech director

Students “may not be really ready” for self-direction and learning independence without “prodding from the teachers,” the University’s Educational Technology Center (EdTech) director said yesterday, June 27.

Published

on

Screengrab from the Learning in Focus webinar

Students “may not be really ready” for self-direction and learning independence without “prodding from the teachers,” the University’s Educational Technology Center (EdTech) director said yesterday, June 26.

“With or without pandemic, no single tool really and no amount of technology would be the solution to all our instructional problems,” Asst. Prof. Anna Cherylle Ramos, president of Philippine e-Learning Society, said during a webinar about shifting from classroom to online term.

Virtual monitoring sessions and centralized e-learning support unit, according to Ramos, was provided by the University to the teachers for the implementation of an online learning system.

“For the context of the University of Santo Tomas that has been using online technology for almost 20 years since 2002, we had the edge of implementing our continuity plan for teaching and learning right away after the declaration of the lockdown,” she said.

Ramos mentioned that in a survey conducted by the University, 98-percent of the faculty and 94-percent of the students have no stable internet connection.

“Out of our survey, we were able to locate the students with no internet connection and with our partnership with major telecom companies who were able to deliver the devices and the pocket wifi devices, so that they are able to finish the semester,” she said.

“I guess for me, COVID-19 also provided some positive contribution because it has unleashed a revolution in our education,” Ramos said.

Challenges ‘more psychological’

The bigger challenge in taking the education online, according to De La Salle Lipa College of Information and Engineering Dean Jorge Bacobo, is more psychological than technical.

“Those [technological problems], we know what the solutions are,” Bacobo said. “It’s getting the people who are involved for example in our schools, teachers, parents, administrators, to adjust to a revolution that’s forced [on] us by pandemic.”

“It’s really the evolution of people and how they have to change their relationships with each other in order to address the new needs of a new normal,” he added.

Bacobo emphasized that the pandemic changing the whole world challenged more the relationship between the students and the teachers and between the teachers and their teaching platform.

“Teachers suddenly realized they’re not anymore the sages on the stages. They’re now set aside. They’re more like guides on the side…They are no longer the medium of instruction,” he said.

Bacobo explained that the digital infrastructure has become the new medium and the teacher’s “avatar” or representative.

Department of Education Undersecretary Nepo Malaluan also said that online learning is “a very potent tool.”

“When we talk about the learning continuity in this time of COVID and doing distance learning, online learning is only one of the modalities,” he said. 

“Our viewers and our parents and learners and the public and sometimes even policy makers equate distance learning with the online learning platform,” he added. 

Technological challenges of online learning, according to Malaluan, are the capacity of teachers in delivery of large-scale online learning, conversion of classroom-based learning resources to distance learning resources, and the cost of online learning to the students.

Ramos urged the students that despite the teachers being “converted into text,” students should be more understanding as the issue of bandwidth impedes the online availability of the teachers.

“Online technology or online instructions would just be one of the many things we can do to be able to deliver that content,” Ramos said. “[Students] must realize that while we are doing something like this, we still have your teaching presence.”

“The learning activities themselves and the step by step procedure being given by the teachers is in fact the teaching presence themselves. There should be that understanding on both parties,” she said.

The webinar, “Learning in Focus,” was organized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inq To be You, and INQUIRER.net.

Comments

News

Media profs, students decry House ‘murder’ of ABS-CBN

The University’s media professors and student councils expressed their outrage on the killing of ABS-CBN franchise, through their statements released today, June 11.

Published

on

Arden Esmile/TomasinoWeb

The University’s media professors and student councils expressed their outrage on the killing of ABS-CBN franchise, through their statements released today, June 11.

 

“The Malacañang lackeys at the House of the Representatives have just committed murder,” the UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) said regarding the July 10 decision of the Lower House to junk the ABS-CBN franchise.

 

READ: Statement of the UST Journalism Society on the rejection of the ABS-CBN Franchise Bill#DefendPressFreedom#RedefinedUSTJRN

UST Journalism Societyさんの投稿 2020年7月10日金曜日

 

The murder of the ABS-CBN franchise, according to the student organization, is the latest addition to the list of acts committed by the administration against journalists.

 

“The 12 hearings on the network’s franchise proved that these lawmakers were not after the truth,” the UST JournSoc said.

 

Professors of the Department of Communication and Media Studies also called the 12th hearing “an orgy of personal and petty gripes of onion-skinned politicians against ABS-CBN.”

 

“Congressmen even exceeded their ambit and proclaimed themselves arbiters of good journalism and broadcast practices, exposing their ignorance and media illiteracy,” the professors said.

 

https://www.facebook.com/709960162389696/posts/3330218150363871/

 

They commended the 11 lawmakers who voted in favor of the ABS-CBN franchise while condemning the others, “Cayetano House,” who “delivers on Duterte promise.”

 

Despite the shutdown of ABS-CBN for the second time, UST JournSoc and the media faculty are both hopeful for its return.

 

“We eagerly await ABS-CBN’s return to the airwaves, and along with it, the return of our freedom,” the media faculty said, citing the resurrection of the network after Marcos’ martial law.

 

“Nobody stays in power forever. Their time for reckoning will come,” UST JournSoc also said. “Maniningil ang kasaysayan.” 

 

Enemy of democracy

The Artlets Student Council (ABSC) urged the Thomasian community and Filipino youth “not to cower in fear” but instead “resist tyranny and fascism.”

 

“[T]he Duterte regime has again proven itself as the enemy of democracy by denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN,” the statement released yesterday, June 10, read.  

 

UST Artlets Student Councilさんの投稿 2020年7月10日金曜日

 

The Council questioned the scrutiny of the Congress on the deliberations over the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, citing that the testimonies in the Technical Working Group are “based on personal vendetta.”

 

ABSC, along with UST JournSoc and media professors, mourned for the 11,000 workers who lost their jobs after the network’s shutdown. 

 

“[P]resident Duterte and his cronies in the Congress did not only deprive us of our right free press but also displaced at least 11,000 media workers jobless amid the country’s worst public health and economic crisis,” ABSC said. 

 

The Council called for a collective action and reminded the Thomasian community to keep their eyes on how the government “lacks empathy and compassion” to its constituents.

 

“[W]e must channel our rage into a collective action that will expose, oppose, and isolate the oppressive Duterte regime,” ABSC said.

 

“We will hold accountable those who trampled on our rights and reclaim our freedom!”

Comments

Continue Reading

News

‘Graver, chilling effects’ expected after ABS-CBN shutdown—media expert

Members of the press will experience “graver, chilling effects,” targeted harassment, impunity, and harassment after the broadcasting giant ABS-CBN shuts down, a journalism professor warned the public yesterday, June 10.

Published

on

Screengrab from Academic perspective on press freedom during COVID-19 online forum

Members of the press will experience “graver, chilling effects,” targeted harassment, impunity, and harassment after the broadcasting giant ABS-CBN shuts down, a journalism professor warned the public yesterday, June 10.

“An attack to one is an attack to all,” University of the Philippines – College of Mass Communication professor Danila Arao stressed in a webinar about the state of press freedom during the pandemic.

He urged the journalists to build a “culture of resistance” amid the continuous attack on press freedom.

“If there is something wrong, you expose and go against that particular wrongdoing,” Arao said. “[I]t is the duty of the journalist to always stay relevant.”

He reminded the journalists to stick to the principles of journalism and its mission to shape public opinion by providing relevant information.

“As a cornerstone of democracy, free press should allow journalists to report based on professional and ethical standards…and operate free from government intervention,” Arao said. 

He also explained the bias in the news media, which was a controversial topic during the hearing of ABS-CBN franchise renewal. 

“As human beings we all have our own biases, our own preferences,” Arao said.

“For example, one person would prefer coffee over tea…[b]ut you cannot compromise being in favor of human rights and being against human rights,” he added.

Yesterday, the Congress denied the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise after 13 hearingsthe longest hearing among other broadcasting companies’ in the Philippines. 

Seventy representatives voted to adopt the rejection, 11 to dismiss the rejection, two to inhibit, and one to abstain.  

Last May 5, the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease and desist order to ABS-CBN after its 25-year franchise lapsed. 

The webinar titled, “Academic Perspective on Press Freedom during COVID-19,” was organized by the College Editors Guild of the Philippines. Paolo Alejandrino

 

Comments

Continue Reading

News

Student organization condemn anti-terror bill provisions

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) The Political Science Forum (TPSF) condemned the constitutionality of the “questionable” provisions and mechanisms of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL).

Published

on

Arden Esmile/TomasinoWeb

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) The Political Science Forum (TPSF) condemned the constitutionality of the “questionable” provisions and mechanisms of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL).

“[T]he Draconian measures pointed out by critics of the law emphasized on the stifling of dissent and criticism, and the possible danger of disregarding the democratic freedom of every Filipino,” the statement released yesterday, July 4 read.

TPSF also called for vigilance among Filipinos amid the signing of the Anti-Terror Bill into Law last Friday, July 3. 

“Given this turn of events, the Forum calls for vigilance among all Filipinos in ensuring that its enforcement shall be free from disfranchisement of fundamental rights of everyone,” the Forum said. 

TPSF stressed that government critics, student activists, indignant masses, and indigenous groups in the country are the “most vulnerable” in the enforcement of the highly scrutinized warrantless investigations and arrest. 

According to the Forum, the provisions of the law, specifically on the prolonged detention of the alleged violator and lesser liability of law enforcers from erroneous accusations, “may result in power tripping and reckless law enforcement.” 

“[T]he balance of power in handling revolving around terrorism are centered to the executive department whereas the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) shall be comprised of presidential appointees, members who have most likely to have conflict of interest with the state,” TPSF said. 

The Forum also questioned the “practicality and relevance of the bill” during the pandemic.

A group of lawyers and civic leaders, led by Lawyer Howard Calleja, filed yesterday, July 4, the very first petition against the newly signed ATL before the Supreme Court. Jayziel Khim Budino

 

Comments

Continue Reading

Trending