State universities and colleges (SUCs) continue to find innovative ways of providing flexible learning options for hard to reach students in the country.
Among these higher education institutions is the Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) that converted its regular school buses into Mobile E-learning Laboratory buses as part of its preparation for the resumption of classes.
“Many SUCs gave students tablets and gadgets so they can join online sessions. What is unique in LSPU is that they decided to bring connectivity to the needy students,” CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III said during his inspection of the e-learning laboratories at LSPU’s Siniloan Campus over the weekend.
The LSPU has adopted asynchronous systems for its flexible mode of learning to let students access and use online materials at their preferred time.
“CHED has been instructing SUCs to open only when they are ready and to exhaust all options to assist hard to reach students for the first semester of school year 2020-2021. I am happy to see that LSPU is doing this,” De Vera said.
LSPU President Mario Briones said each bus is equipped with computers and Internet connection which could accommodate 15 students from their campuses in Sta. Cruz, San Pablo, Siniloan, and Los Banos in Laguna.
Briones said the e-learning buses will go around municipalities where there are LSPU students who do not have gadgets or Internet connection due to financial limitations.
“We have been coordinating with local government units so that we can park these buses and identified students can use the computers for the day. The electrical connection needed to run the equipment and air conditioning will be shouldered by the LGU,” Briones said.
According to Briones, the hard to reach and financially needy students were identified through the student survey administered by LSPU during the pandemic.
Face-to-face classes have been suspended in the country since the government implemented a hard lockdown in parts of the country in mid-March to encourage strict home quarantine and reduce the risk of virus transmission due to the current health crisis.
CHED had instructed colleges and universities using the old academic calendar to shift to the new one to prepare for the implementation of flexible learning, which involved the mixed use of online platforms, learning management systems, and take-home packets, among others.#