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#TalkOnTW: Students share their thoughts on online classes

“Wala akong natututunan. Fortunate ako nang kahit paano. Nakikisama internet namin at mga devices na ginagamit ko. Nagpapasa ako ng output kasi required, di dahil natututo ako.”

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It’s been more than a month since the last time Thomasians were on the campus. Many were surprised over the week-long suspension of classes and office work. In its first glance, it could be seen as a week for relaxation instead of an impending drastic change in our daily lives. With the enhanced community quarantine, many are stuck in their homes as they wait for time to pass by. 

Some universities in Metro Manila such as the Ateneo de Manila University have shortened their semesters to conclude the academic year in light of the pandemic.

While some universities have decided to shorten the academic year, the University’s administration has decided to push forward with the second term through online learning as mentioned in its Institutional Continuity Plan. This decision received backlash from the Thomasian community because of the varied reasons from limited internet access, ineffective learning, to the lack of resources to finish academic requirements. 

Yesterday, we asked Thomasian netizens in the recent #TalkOnTW on their learning experiences and areas that need improvement in online classes. Twitter users @strezztab_, @_leeseril, @_euniem, @wweeiiin, and @wyaaaan14 share their thoughts on how online classes are only conducted for the ‘sake of compliance’. 

“not effective at all. students are sent lots of “learning materials” but are not actually learning. we’re merely complying to the requirements just to pass and that’s the sad truth.”

It’s just a matter of compliance now more than anything else.

I rest my case.”

feels like we r just complying with reqs for the sake of grades. i hope learning materials will be given soon and summative tasks will be discussed din and sana feasible + more coordination with profs and yun us2 q lang naman matuto :(((“

we aren’t learning anything. it’s now only a matter of complying and meeting deadlines if you can.

the fact that nearly all the retweets are like this should tell you that something isn’t right.”

“Wala akong natututunan. Fortunate akong kahit paano nakikisama internet namin at mga devices na ginagamit ko. Nagpapasa ako ng output kasi required, di dahil natututo ako. 

Di rin pala fit yung environment para makapag-aral ako nang payapa at maayos.”

Students are not the only ones who are struggling but their professors as well. Twitter user @great_fayerhaps mentioned that some of her professors ‘aren’t equipped for online classes’. Twitter user @gjcco shares the same sentiment on the delay of their classes because the learning materials provided by their professor were not presently available. 

some professors aren’t equipped for online classes too, so i guess #MassPromotionNow

prof couldnt retrieve his teaching items from his condo due to lockdown so lessons were heavily impeded and rlly wasnt conducive”

Additionally, Twitter user @muybiennn worries about the pace of one of his classes because he is unsure if the UST Cloud Campus would be properly utilized by their professor. 

hindi ata marunong gumamit ng blackboard theory prof namin huhu pls we’re so left behind :(( #MassPromotionNow

Professors are not the only ones who find difficulty in using Blackboard. This also includes students who encounter problems not only on the website but also on its mobile app. It is often visited in class hours which could contribute to the delay given the heavy traffic it receives. Twitter users @Ernest0249, @aichiiimae, and @carlrreon share their experiences. 

more than 10 mins po para lang buksan isang ppt jusq idk pero may problem ata tlaga cloud campus ksi oks naman device at connection ko….ilang beses ba nmin kailangan sabihin na di effective online classes?naglolokohan lang eh bigay reqs tapos exams na asan quality educ dun?”

EdTech should try to improve the Blackboard app for students using their mobile phones. The app only shows one material (ppt) at a time so the chats from the instructor does not stay. Quite inconvenient for students who has professors who are chatting their lessons.”

Bboard has been really slow. I can’t stream or download a video lecture without it timing out halfway through for a big. With a small file that takes seconds normally, takes 10 minutes max.

It’s not on my net, been stable all day long with Coursera and YouTube

#TalkOnTW

Some students like Twitter user @Ansayxx missed the chance to attend her online classes because of the delay.

Super bagal ng internet to the point na ayaw mag load ng bboard ko and hindi ako naka attend ng class”

While some were concerned about Blackboard, Twitter users @CityofYvette and @_RndmGuy_ shared their thoughts on the stack of deadlines they have on their plate.

walang “class” na naganap, tumaas lang anxiety ko dahil puro deadline ang nakita ko buong araw”

Ito ppt, ito requirements ninyo, ito deadline ninyo good luck”

While technology paves a way to make the possible impossible, we must keep in mind that not everybody is able to catch up immediately considering the struggles that each of us faces. Thomasians have spoken about their concerns especially on limited internet access, mental health issues, and the inconducive learning environment in their homes. This should already be an indicator that online classes won’t be able to serve students rightfully for many will be left behind. We must keep in mind to preserve the spirit and importance quality education. However, is it preserved well? That’s something the University should answer. 

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#TalkOnTW: What were you doing last March 9?

“‘Stay safe and see you next week!'”

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Last March 9, 2020, Mayor Isko “Moreno” Domagoso suspended classes for a week amidst the growing cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines. This caused students to go back to their hometowns, unaware of what’s to come in the following months.

Ever since the suspension of classes last year, life has never been the same. The pandemic changed the way we used to live and think about our daily lives. Despite the developments on the Covid-19 vaccine, it seems as if we’re far from going back from the lives we used to live.

Yesterday, we asked the Thomasian community in the recent #TalkOnTW to tell their stories on the last day of the normal we used to know.

After classes were suspended, Twitter user @mellalinsolis woke up to the announcement.

“Went home and took a nap tapos pag gising ko, suspended na pala”

On the other hand, Twitter users @blondedraf and @patriciakahanap attended their classes despite the dreary day that they thought were ahead of them.

“If I remember it correctly kakatapos ko lang magdusa sa econ nung pumutok yung announcement”

“Pumasok kahit walang tulog at may sakit #TalkOnTW”

Twitter user @maaarshan was in the University’s Central Laboratory preparing for an experiment that never pushed through.

“nasa central lab busy na pinagsisiksik yung saba sa vials para sa experiment na hindi rin pala natuloy”

While many students were attending their classes, some of them including Twitter users @moxlicityreigns and @roby_lacanilao were attending to their academic and extracurricular affairs.

“probably with my friends sa ICS student council room in Ruano Building, we are about to pay for some merch in the incomeming IICS week”

“Kakabalik ko lang ng swimming attire (na hanggang ngayon di ko pa rin ngagamit HAHAHA) para sa PE tas natuwa ako kasi suspended. Di ako informed na magiging 1 year pala.”

Twitter users @liaaahfrancesca and @brdgtkv were headed to their respective dormitories after learning about the announcement.

“Asa bahay ako nagaayos ng gamit kasi babalik na dapat ako ng dorm sa gabi tas tuwang tuwa pa ko noon”

“andon sa condo panik ligpit kasi lockdown daw kinabukasan HABANABAHABBA”

Speaking of dormitories, Twitter users @REDMAD0NNA and @CrisseyPau headed to their respective friends’ place to spend one of the last non-socially distanced hangouts they will have in 2020.

“tulog sa dorm and as soon as i heard the news, i immediately packed what i can carry and commuted back to laguna tapos naka-attend pa ako ng pageant in my former school”

“Natulog sa sahig ng condo ni Dwayne.”

And if one has finally joined their friends, the usual course of events are to spend one’s allowance on food. Twitter user @reinerdale tells us his story.

“inubos ko pa baon ko non for the week para sa unli wings, huling baon ko na pala yon asdfjsvhnghj”

Whole some spent the remaining hours of the day with their friends, Twitter users @highsocksgwyn and @krtlwi decided to head straight home.

“Hinahanap pa kami ng prof namin sa p.e. pero nakasakay na ako ng jeep papuntang sakayan ng bus :>”

“I was at home in Muntinlupa. Pero my trip home was more interesting.

Pag natutulog ako sa bus, I always hold my fare on my hands para pag tinapik ako ng conduktor, iaabot ko nlng yung bayad. Pagdating ng alabang, lipat naman ng keep. Nung iaabot ko na yung bayad ko (1/2}”

He continues this story in his next tweet.

“Nagtaka ako kasi may 33 pesos pa ako sa kamay ko. i was like “sh*t!” i jumped in my seat sa jeep kasi i realized na nde ako nakapagbayad sa bus kasi nde ako nagising ni manong conductor. I planned on paying the next day but I didn’t know i won’t be riding a bus fr a long time.”

And before anything else, bidding your friends and colleagues the last greetings of the day is the most important of all. Twitter user @4M_Defenders” shares his short bittersweet greeting to his friends.

“I was at home messaging my friends “stay safe and see ya next week!” : )”

The pandemic has indeed brought us many challenges and many of them deal with academic and personal matters. However, we must keep our heads up to fight for a better tomorrow. Hopefully soon enough we’ll be able to hug our family and friends we have not seen in a long time.

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#TalkOnTW: Thomasians call for the suspension of classes

“Suspending classes frees them from both physical and mental burden as they recuperate from the trauma.”

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Three typhoons have recently passed the country, leaving significant damages especially to the last one that rained over the Philippine skies. As of November 16, 2020, more than 151,600 families were affected and at about P73.788 million is left in damages in the agricultural sector, all in Cagayan Valley alone. Many locations in the Philippines such as Marikina and Isabela were drastically affected by the typhoon bringing floods, rains, winds, and destruction. Netizens were quick to act in bringing awareness and a helping hand to Ulysses’s victims. 

Many concerns were brought up in the midst andi in the aftermath of the Ulysses such as the President’s absence to act on the issue and the urgency of the situation.

Because of the chilling consequences of the typhoon, many students called for the suspension of classes due to the damages it brought to the country..

Last Monday, we asked Thomasians netizens in the recent #TalkOnTW if classes must be suspended following the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses. Majority of the responses resounded to a strong opposition to the question posted.

With this, Twitter user @juliiannex returned an important question where they asked if the student body will be heard by the people it is trying to reach out to.

“even if majority would obviously say no…. hahaha would our opinion matter?”

Many Thomasians responded with a more important question: should this be asked in a matter of a calamity in the middle of a pandemic? Twitter users @Danyeeel_, @Kaloyyskie, and @eddoreven expounds this more in their tweet.

“Hindi na dapat ‘to tinatanong. Wala naman mawawala sa’tin kung magiging makatao tayo, lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya at delubyo. #AcademicBreakNow #NoStudentLeftBehind

“The answer is very obvious yet the administration chose to be blind.”

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#SONA2020: Netizens react to this year’s state of the nation address

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

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Every year, the president is tasked to deliver a speech at the Batasang Pambansa Complex to address the country on its whereabouts and the government’s plans for it in the near future. Despite the ravaging situation of the Philippines due to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte insisted not breaking tradition to speak at the hall with few guests from the government and the administration itself. The president spoke about numerous topics. A few to mention are human rights, COVID-19, child labor, ABS-CBN, and the Build, Build, Build Program. While the president is expected to talk about his administration’s achievements from the past year, he failed to disclose this important part in this address yesterday to which where he promised to release a printed report of it soon.

Duterte’s speech yesterday received backlash because of the lack of substantive resolutions and updates to reassure the Philippines of its state and how the administration will lead the country in the following years to come. 

As of July 26, the Philippines has 83,000 known confirmed cases with 1,1974 deaths and 26,617 recoveries.

Yesterday, TomasinoWeb asked Thomasian netizens on their thoughts about this year’s State of the Nation Address. 

“NO THOUGHTS, JUST PURE RAGE & DISGUST”

“INSENSIBLE to the true state of our nation!
#TalkOnTW

“no concrete plans again. we shouldn’t call it SONA because of the fact it is his state of his own damn ego and for self serving interest only + impunity and authoritarianism.
he should resign or the masses shall overthrow him and his government???
#WAKASONA2020
#SONAgkaisa2020

“yet another show of incompetency from our dear president.”

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”

“IS THIS SONA OR YOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR YOUR ALLIES???!!!
GAHD!!!”

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While Duterte’s address failed to properly address the pressing issues in the Philippines, one must never forget to hold its officials accountable for their performance in handling the pandemic and among issues that coexist with it. Filipinos need and will continuously demand concrete plans, actions, and leadership from those who govern their country. The fight from the pandemic, human rights, and all other issues the country faces will continue until they get to what they are promised and what they truly deserve.

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