Covid-19 has disrupted a lot of ways of doing things, including how students learn.
With new physical, social and time barriers resulting from lockdowns, quarantines, unpredictable traffic, company closures, government restrictions and lack of public transportation, the traditional face to face classroom learning experience is almost impossible The best option: Online Learning.
In the Ateneo’s Online Learning Guidelines (referred to as the Ateneo Blue Cloud or ABC), the student learner remains the primary audience (target customer) and the learning outcomes/ objectives as the goals to be accomplished by the end of the course. The Z (objective) remains the same but the X (how to do it) is different.
The technology for online learning will be different. But Learning > Technology. It has and will always be more about the learning than the technology. The technology is just the means to the end: which is learning.
Furthermore, Ateneo Blue Cloud recognizes 3 Essential Ingredients in Online Learning:
- Content- The components and elements of the course including the learning modules, tasks, assignments, discussions and projects
- Coach- the professor leveraging his/her professional experience in industry and in facilitating course to guide the students through the content
- Cohort – peers and fellow students taking the course who enrich the course by sharing of their own experiences and their own outputs/work of the assigned tasks. Students learning by doing and learning by seeing how others did their work.
Ateneo Graduate School of Business’ Dr. Gilda Del Rosario, chair of the Strategic and Marketing Management department shared this during a webinar with other faculty members:
For now, my Online classes will be a hybrid of synchronous and synchronous classes. Please see chart for the difference:
There are a lot of pros/ cons for each learning type, but it is difficult to argue the superiority of the hybrid Online Learning.
Take for example: an asynchronous class on Monday and a synchronous class on Thursdays. For the Monday class, instead of requiring the student to be in the same physical location at the same time of about 1 to 3 hours, (or else be marked absent), the student is instead given the freedom to accomplish assigned learning tasks within a 70-hour window (until the start of the next Thursday class) or a much larger 168-hour window (until the start of the next Monday class). Surely, such freedom is suited to the disrupted new normal.
The synchronous class on Thursday allows the advantages of control, engagement, participation and consultation to still happen. This regular cadence serves as a good counterbalance and complement to the almost unrestricted time of Monday classes.
As this is new, everyone will be adjusting. But as long as the objectives (Z) and the reasons (Y) are clear, then the online learning type (X) is just the best way to achieve the Z.
Here are some useful links on asynchronous learning (also referred to as Location Independent Learning)