Starting today, Monday, (09 Sept. 2021), nearly nine (9) million student enrolees start their classes for basic formal education nationwide, with issues on blended learning sure to confront students and teachers, and even parents, in many private and public schools.
Only last week, before the start of the 209-day school classes, National Economic Development Authority director-general Karl Kendrick Chua projected during a Senate hearing the limit to students’ learning ability due to the lack of face-to-face classes for a year will result in a P11-trillion loss in productivity over the next 40 years.
The academic year ends on June 24, 2022, following Republic Act 7797, with a Christmas break from December 20, 2021, to January 2, 2022.
It would be interesting to see how Department of Education authorities will address major challenges or issues confronting blended learning models which include the expense of technology, inadequate training, technological issues, the need to adapt content for blended learning, decreased motivation, and weakened relationships between students and teachers.
But what is blended learning? This is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods and requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or pace.
We see at this point three Biggest Challenges of Blended Learning:
Challenge #1: Retaining Teacher Authenticity. …
Challenge #2: Creating an Effective Self-Paced Learning Environment. …
Challenge #3: Building Student Authentic Mastery.
Unless successfully planned and executed, blended learning could have disadvantages in technical aspects since it has a strong dependence on the technical resources or tools with which the blended learning experience is delivered.
And then what are the problems encountered in modular learning?
The main challenges that the students have encountered are self-studying, poor internet connection, lack of sleep and time to answer all the modules due to the great number of activities, distractions, and lack of focus.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of blended learning?
Blended learning depends upon concretization, coordination, collaboration, and communication across the organization, the reason why it is not so easy to do. Other weaknesses include poor Internet connectivity and speed, which is a must when time-limited online assignments are given.
What are the disadvantages of a blended learning system?
Also, since blended learning is about technological dependence, there is a limitation with regard to the technical skills of both the instructors and the learners. Students and instructors who are not tech-savvy can face a great barrier in terms of smooth interactions.
What are the challenges in answering modules?
We see here the malpractice of parents answering their children’s modules as an offshoot of the challenges faced by the parents, to wit: a) poor reading and writing skills of their children; b) time constraints due to work and household chores; c) too many children to attend to; d) too difficult
Others have raised what they feel – and we are persuaded to agree with them — are the biggest challenges facing online education today?
But there are also positive effects of blended learning?
Experts say they promote deeper learning, reduce stress, and increase student satisfaction. Teachers can become more engaged with their students and blended learning presents an increased opportunity for students to connect with their professors and teachers. (ai/mtvn)