By ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
THE UNIVERSITY will not yet implement pure face-to-face learning next academic year despite the improving COVID-19 situation in the country.
Under the Office of Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs’ general guidelines for hybrid instruction for academic year 2023-2024, all courses in UST will be delivered with a combination of onsite and online classes.
“No course shall be delivered purely onsite to ensure that academic staff and students continue to enhance instruction through the use of the UST Cloud Campus and other technology tools acquired by the University,” the guidelines read.
“Online course hours may be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Academic staff shall take advantage of online hours to help students prepare for onsite activities.”
Over 75% of the tertiary programs will be implemented with at least half of the learning hours conducted onsite. This is in line with the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) memorandum instructing higher institutions to hold at least 50% of their courses in person.
Last month, CHED executive director and lawyer Cinderella Benitez-Jaro told The Flame that this memorandum was still being reviewed to consider the feedback of stakeholders.
“The percentage as to the modality of teaching, whether it’s online or face-to-face…still [has] some portions that need to be finalized…especially with regard to the 50:50 area or ratio of modality of learning,” she saos.
Academic units will continue determining the onsite to online classes ratio based on the intended learning outcomes, available facilities, and availability of qualified academic staff. F