AB move to hold asynch classes draws praises, concerns

Sophomores and juniors push through with their ‘Homecoming walk’ activities amid the heavy rains of Severe Tropical Storm ‘Florita.’ Photo by Gaebriele Gutierrez/THE FLAME

THE HOLDING of asynchronous classes helped Artlets recover from super typhoon “Karding” but some of them are worried that it may affect the faculty’s preliminary examination schedule.

On Sept. 26, the Office of the Dean issued a memorandum stating that all classes must be held asynchronously until Sept. 30 and that all outputs due that week be moved to October 3. The memorandum sought to give students and faculty members affected by the super typhoon time to recover

First-year Journalism student Rain Katrina Tolentino said she was worried that the week-long asynchronous classes would have a “negative effect” on students in terms of preliminary examination preparations. 

“I think that there should be some actions done regarding the schedule of preliminary examinations, as there are topics included in the exams that have not yet been discussed by the professors,” Tolentino said. 

The first-year student expressed hope that there would be schedule adjustments for classes with topics that were not yet fully discussed.

These sentiments were shared by another journalism student who requested anonymity. The student  said there should be  “more time and consideration to prepare and pursue academic requirements with ease.”

“We hope to also have the preliminary examinations moved since we are recovering emotionally and physically from the latest downpour of rain,” the student said. 

A ‘helpful’ action of the faculty

While the students asked for considerations regarding the preliminary schedules, they also praised AB for prioritizing the well-being of the Artlet community. 

“I believe that this initiative by the AB administration was relevant and definitely helpful for students and faculty members who have been inconvenienced and harmed by the recent super typhoon,” Tolentino told The Flame

Tolentino was one of the many students who experienced power outages and intermittent internet connection due to the super typhoon.

“[If it were not for asynchronous classes], I think that it would be difficult for some of us to attend classes since selected students were immensely affected by the typhoon,” she said, adding that the AB admin’s announcement gave the Artlet community.

First-year Literature student Hjadoeya Calica echoed the view, saying that the implementation of asynchronous classes is the faculty’s “best option” for the time being.

“Professors and facilitators can upload pre-recorded lessons likewise, fortunate students can use the given time to accomplish their tasks and to prepare for the exam, while the less fortunate affected students are still recovering from the storm,” she said.

The unnamed student shared the sentiment, appreciating the faculty’s and the University’s effort in giving students time to recover. 

“I appreciate the efforts of AB and the University at large as us victims of typhoon Karding need more time to rest, recover, and recuperate,” the student said. F – Aubrey Shane Lim & Vanessa Noriko Yap


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