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UST academic units to determine onsite-online class ratio

UST academic units to determine onsite-online class ratio

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by AUBREY SHANE LIM THE UNIVERSITY’S onsite to online class ratio for the incoming semester will be determined by each college’s respective academic units and staff, according to the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs. “Academic units shall engage their academic staff in determining this combination and arranging the schedule of classes moving forward,” Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Cheryl Peralta told The Flame in an email interview. “We shall maintain the principle of constructive alignment as our guide in determining the best combination of onsite and online hours to accomplish the intended learning outcomes of each course,” she added. The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) recently issued a memorandum requiring higher learning institutions to con...
Education in Isolation

Education in Isolation

Perspectives
by Samantha Z. Argonza ACROSS THE tides of survival in the northernmost stretch of the Philippines is an island province that only had its first LTE connection in 2018. Adjusting throughout the pandemic has become a challenge in a process of reassessment.  In-person classes are resuming  gradually, yet it took me two years in the pandemic to process the risks, which also continuously reminded me of my home’s constant struggle with access to resources. Spending about ten days in Batanes last August 2022, I still encounter the internet disconnections of our plugged home wifi more than twice daily. My friend, who is also in the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) and is currently in Batanes, has revealed that in every five minutes of attending online meetings, unstable internet conn...
UST classes to remain mostly virtual for AY 2022-2023

UST classes to remain mostly virtual for AY 2022-2023

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THE UNIVERSITY will continue to implement the online mode of instruction for most programs in the next academic year, despite Metro Manila being placed under the most lenient pandemic restrictions. “Enriched Virtual Mode of instruction (EVM) shall remain the default mode. Instruction directed towards learning outcomes or competencies achievable through online learning shall be delivered using UST Cloud Campus,” the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA) said in a memorandum dated April 29. While the majority of subjects are expected to be conducted virtually, the University is still seeking to expand face-to-face classes in more programs and year levels for the academic year 2022-2023. “Face-to-face classes shall progressively expand to more programs and year l...
Artlets, Interrupted: More than a year of online classes

Artlets, Interrupted: More than a year of online classes

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WALKING INTO her room exhausted, Johanna Gee comes home from work as the dawn breaks. The working student sits by her computer table before she rests, noting the hours of sleep she might have before her academic responsibilities start.  On the same morning, Marvin Mangubat wakes up in his Pampanga home. He gathers himself after a year of academic leave, readying himself to return to campus, online.  Two others in Manila prepare themselves for the day’s activity. Rhana Louise prepares for zoom classes and group meetings while Jiego Tagaban prepares for his student council responsibilities.  The Artlets’ responsibilities come together in a computer screen: two years of experience logged into PCs, laptops, and in Jiego’s case, a borrowed phone. Since Metro Manila was placed ...
Pandemic-hit students burdened by tuition down payment hike

Pandemic-hit students burdened by tuition down payment hike

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WHEN INCOMING Behavioral Science student Alyana Galang decided to enroll in the University, she already knew that her education would carry a hefty price tag. However, Galang, whose parents were among the millions who were not able to work during the first weeks of the quarantine, was still surprised upon learning that she had to pay about half of her tuition to secure an enrollment slot. “I was expecting that it [would] be that pricey, considering that it is a private school, but it still surprised me that we have to pay almost half of my tuition fee for the whole academic year immediately. I was also worried that I would lose my slot since we cannot afford such an amount in one week,” Galang told The Flame in an online interview. Galang is one of the incoming first year stud...
Classes in AB to resume on Nov. 16 despite recent typhoons

Classes in AB to resume on Nov. 16 despite recent typhoons

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by: KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) will resume its synchronous and asynchronous classes on Monday, Nov. 16 while assessments and submissions will start on Friday, Nov. 20, as the University seeks to address the concerns and situations of students affected by the pandemic and the recent typhoons, according to its released memorandum. The memorandum issued by the Office of the Dean dated Nov. 14 acknowledged the challenges faced by the faculty and students to comply with the demands of online classes, but the Faculty has seen the need to continue to provide quality education. “While the University and the different academic units attend to the concerns of the students residing in areas badly hit by the typhoons, we also recognize that it is also impor...
Synchronous classes in AB suspended

Synchronous classes in AB suspended

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by JHONA R. VITOR SYNCHRONOUS CLASSES from Sept. 25 to 30 have been suspended to consider the physical and mental challenges that Artlets confront in the “new normal” way of learning, and the possible intermittent connection within the six-day suspension.  The memorandum released on Thursday stated that only “minimal” asynchronous activities will be given and the deadlines already scheduled from Sept. 25 to 30 may be extended until the following week. Artlets will also be provided “recorded lectures and [...] asynchronous engagements where they can access and complete at their own pace within the said period and the week thereafter,” the memorandum said. It added that the academic and support staff and career counselors of Artlets are ready to accommodate everyone. Synchrono...
Conquering Battles In Online Classes

Conquering Battles In Online Classes

Culture
by THERIZ LIZEL R. SILVANO MILLIONS of silent complaints about online learning in the midst of a pandemic are bottled up at the back of each students’ mind—no worries about feeling alone in this struggle. Students and parents think that studying amid the pandemic is somehow inappropriate for various justifiable reasons. After overcoming the challenges of the last school year’s adjustments to continue the semester, however, students are now able to adapt to the online learning environment. Although other students have experienced homeschooling, some are not born with that kind of privilege, making it hard for them to adjust to the new way of education. Despite knowing how wearying the country’s problems today, Education Secretary Leonor Briones believes that education should...