What will happen during an online learning session?
Online learning sessions (synchronous) are opportunities for teacher-student interaction in the PBL program. Each subject will have a specified schedule within the week. During the online sessions, teachers may discuss and clarify the expectations for the tasks assigned for the week, process higher order thinking skills, address difficulties, questions of students, use the time for students’ presentation of projects or performance tasks, and assess students’ acquisition of skills.
What if a question or concern about the lesson or a learning task surfaces outside the online session? Will there be available support from the teacher?
Yes. If a question or concern about the lesson or the learning task surfaces outside the online session (synchronous learning), the student may communicate with the teacher either by sending a direct message via the official platforms (MS Teams) or by using the consultation period to personally talk with the teacher via video conferencing or phone call. These consultation periods are scheduled within the week to allow interaction outside of the online sessions.
How will students interact with their teachers if learning is home-based?
Student-teacher interaction happens during online and consultation sessions. These interactions may take place through the learning management system (MS Teams), video conferencing, emails, phone calls, and short messaging. If need be parents can arrange a pre-scheduled dialogue with the Principal/Dean or their official representative provided the necessary statutory and health protocols are observed.
Will the schedule consider the condition of students/parents in the PBL scheme?
The weekly schedule in the PBL program will be composed of scheduled synchronous modular learning activities (online sessions), consultations, and modular self-paced asynchronous (offline) activities or tasks (independent learning). Half of the day (morning or afternoon based on structured schedule) will be devoted to synchronous learning activities and online consultation sessions with teachers, while the other half will be for asynchronous (offline) independent, self-paced learning at home.
Will there be an orientation for students and parents on how to use the learning platforms that the school will use?
To equip and prepare the students for the use of the learning platforms (MS Teams and QuipperSchool), an orientation program with instructional videos and other informational materials from Microsoft and QuipperSchool will be made available to them. Assigned staff will also be on hand for queries or concerns relating to the use of these platforms. Separate orientation will be given to the parents.
Will attendance be checked? Will a student be marked absent if he/she fails to attend his/her online class?
Yes. Attendance will be checked for monitoring purposes. If a student is absent, the reason for his/her absence will be noted. Students who are unable to attend online sessions are expected to communicate with their teachers regarding their situation, so that arrangements for the missed online discussion may be identified by the teacher.
Is there a program and intervention for new and transferee students?
Yes. To assist new and transferee students and help them navigate the new environment, a scheduled orientation and “Welcome activities. New and transferee students are also provided an avenue to be heard through tele/web counselling. The University’s Guidance Center provides online programs for new and transferee students.
What is the role of the parents or guardians in Paulinian Blended Learning (PBL)?
Since students will be staying home, parents will be playing an important role in making PBL work, especially for younger learners who need more supervision or assistance. Foremost is for parents or guardians to help set the structure and schedule at home for their child/children to attend online classes. They must ensure that their child/children is/are on task or perform/s the learning tasks given. They are also expected to provide the subject teacher, homeroom adviser or guidance counsellor with feedback regarding any observation that may impact the optimum learning of the student.
How will parents be guided in the implementation of the modular home-based learning scheme for Basic Education and Higher Education?
Parents/students will be guided and supported through the following ways:
- Parents and Students’ Orientations – Online orientations for parents and students will be scheduled to provide them with a general view of the program and the implementation scheme. These will be conducted before classes begin.
- ePrimer – This document designed by the University describes the basic features of the learning program and its implementation. All officially enrolled students shall receive an ePrimer.
- Contacts – Should you have further questions about the program, you may call us or contact us via email addresses below:
Telephone number: +63 35 225 1506 local 299 or 200;
Mobile number : +63 995 976 1004; and
Email address : [email protected]
How will parents communicate with the teachers if they have any concern or question about the progress of their children’s learning?
Paulinian Education is a collaborative partnership between the parents and SPUD. The success of a home-based learning delivery requires close coordination between the University and the home. Thus, communication between parents/guardians and teachers regarding learning progress is encouraged. If parents have any concern or question about their child’s progress, they may communicate with the teachers through email, video conferencing and other available social media. For conferences via video conferencing or phone, it is best to make an appointment with the teacher or administrator to ensure their availability.
Would it be possible for students to undergo PBL if their parents are only available to support them after work hours?
Yes. While adult presence at home is ideal in the conduct of both online and offline learning in PBL, it is still possible for students to learn without their parents. The teachers will be there to guide the students during online sessions and will be available for the scheduled consultation for the offline sessions.
For very young pupils, however, the presence of an adult who will oversee them at home is a must to ensure their safety and security. On this premise, the school assumes that an adult will be present to ensure that young pupils are safe and to assist them in managing their device, establishing an online connection, and remaining on-task. Adult assistance need not necessarily come from the parents. Any trusted adult who is capable of doing the tasks indicated will suffice.
Will there be training available for parents or guardians who are not “techie”?
Orientation and training for parents, especially those of very young pupils (Kinder to Grade 3), will be conducted to ensure that they are able to assist the students properly. Aside from these, instructional videos about the learning management system (LMS) and other apps being used by the students will be made available as references for both students and parents.
How will Guidance Counselors support the students’ mental well-being in PBL?
The Paulinian Blended Hugs: A Psychosocial Support in this Challenging Time, which will be offered by the Guidance Office will be available throughout the implementation of PBL. The counsellors will be available to attend to the needs of the students. When students experience social isolation, having access to trained and caring counsellors are very important. Tele/web-counselling will be done through MSTeams/Facebook/Telephone. It is essential for every student to feel safe even through various communications such as the use of technology to help them overcome difficulties and give them mental health support and prevent unnecessary exposure during the pandemic.