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To address the concerns on flexible learning, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Support Services decided to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of faculty members. Vice President, Dr. Manolito Manuel called a meeting on October 15 and 16 with the appointed faculty members to discuss the crafting of supplemental guidelines which will be presented to the academic council. Stated guidelines were: (1) Construction of printed flexible learning materials by program (2) Examination grading system (3) Monitoring of online and modular class (4) Validation of study guide. Faculty members gear up to align their curriculum and instructional materials to flexible learning as the new normal in education.

In the same way, Dr. Manolito Manuel convened with the Campus Executive Directors, Council of Deans and chairpersons in a virtual meeting on October 19 to deliberate the proposed supplemental guidelines to address the concerns from the faculty meeting last October 9.

The participants had later approved the stated mechanisms of distributing the printed study guides, monitoring and evaluation of classes, grading system for both online and modular classes, and the rubrics for the content validation of materials.

Prior to the new normal, courses are delivered heavily through face to face classes. In order to come up with content that is appropriate to an instructional delivery mode, there is a need to ask the end-users— the students and the teachers. A review of the existing curricular program outcomes was done as a basis in identifying the outcomes appropriate for each course. The instructional design of each course which consists of learning outcomes, learning activities, learning activities, and learning assessment, are aligned on the instructional delivery mode to be used by each faculty.

The course syllabi, course guides, and study guides are harmonized. All campuses offering the same program shall come up with the same course syllabus, course guides, and study guides, which are divided and prepared by all faculty handling the same course regardless of the campus. The final flexible learning materials developed will be utilized as a guide in the delivery of the lessons either face-to-face and online or pure online. The delivery mode to be used is supported by the assistance of the LGUs particularly in the provision of learning space, Wi-Fi-connectivity, tablets and the distribution of study guides/modules. Likewise, the PHL CHED Connect will be used to serve as additional platform for the teaching-learning process. It contains higher education materials in various formats that are useful for teaching, learning and research purposes. (PSU Echoes Vol. XX No.1)