Distance Learning in the Philippines
Distance learning is a kind of remote education where the students do not need to be in the classroom to learn. Education will primarily happen through online platforms like virtual classrooms, emails, and video-conferencing services.
Many countries across the globe have adjusted well to distance learning, but here in the Philippines, there is an ongoing debate about it. Some argue that we should push through with the resources that we have to be able to ensure the continuity of learning. Others emphasize that many children will be “left behind” because not all can afford to have internet connections in their home.
To respond to these problems, DepEd adopted “Blended Learning.” In blended learning, students and teachers can use both online and offline resources. This means that they do not need to be online all the time. They can use books, printed modules, and even learn from the DepEd TV Channel.
But whether it’s online or offline, many families still find this new situation frustrating. To help you adjust, here are some useful distance learning tips for parents.
Distance Learning Tips for Parents
Get More Information about the School’s Learning Platform
To get started, parents are encouraged to do some research and learn more about how the school will execute distance or blended learning.
This is important because some schools take a completely online approach, while others primarily make use of printed modules.
Ask your child’s teachers about how the school will go about online teaching or module delivery. During the orientation or a scheduled meeting, ask questions like:
- What online resources will my child need to use?
- Do we pick up their modules or do you have designated points of delivery?
- How will they be graded?
- Will they follow a daily schedule?
- Who do we need to contact in case we have questions?
Don’t hesitate to raise even the smallest concerns that you have. All the details are bound to help you and your kids adjust to the new learning system.
Set Up a Study Area and Reduce Distractions
The next step is to help your child set up a study area. It doesn’t have to be big. If it is spacious enough for them to concentrate and get things done, the space is good.
Here are some tips to help you set up your child’s workspace: