To sustain quality education through flexible learning for Academic Year 2020-2021, a series of webinars were conducted and attended by the faculty and staff.
A webinar on social learning concept, a trainer’s training on the use of Facebook social learning platform and a forum entitled “Empowering Oneself Toward Embracing the New Normal,” were initiated by the University’s administration. The participants in the trainers’ training also shared their learning in their respective colleges and campuses.
On the other hand, the Gender and Development (GAD) hosted the webinar entitled, “Gender Perspective and Psychological Support and Well Being” and “Appreciative Resilience in Times of Crisis.” The online sessions were delivered by Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan and Dr. Emily D. Decolen of the UP Los Banos. More than 350 participants from the different ISAT U campuses, Ivisan National High School, Guimaras State College, Central Philippine State University, West Visayas State University, Hercor College, Inzo Arnaldo Village Integrated School, Lutogan Integrated School and Culasi National High School joined the discussions. The forum aimed to help the participants cope with the challenges brought by the pandemic.
The ISAT U faculty also attended online training organized by other institutions. Among those were the “Certificate Course on Alternative Laboratory-Based” and “Simulation-Driven Learning Certificate Course on Flexible Learning Modalities,“ hosted by the National Teachers College. Dr. Edison A. Fermin conducted the training.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Regional Office 6 also hosted the online forum titled “Seminar on Flexible Learning on Technology/Engineering Education” with Dr. Merlinda Bandelaria.
Through the initiative of ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong, the Regional Association of State Universities and Colleges VI (RASUC VI) hosted the “Webinar on Flexible Learning.” A “Virtual Forum on Updates in Philippine Higher Education in the New Normal”with CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera, III as resource speaker was also conducted by RASUC VI attended by officials, faculty and staff of State Universities and Colleges, Private Higher Education Institutions and Local Universities and Colleges in Western Visayas. Dr. Muyong is also the Chair of RASUC VI.
Aside from seminars, online surveys were also conducted to know the different concerns of the students, faculty and staff. The results of the study will become the basis of the administration to formulate policies and implement programs to address the needs of every sector of the ISAT U academic community.