Effective April 1, 2020, Wednesday, we shall resume the learning engagements with our students under the UNC RED Plan which was put on hold last March 18, 2020 to allow our students and faculty to adjust to the new changes in lifestyles under the Enhanced Community Quarantine Guidelines of the National and Local Government Units. To keep everyone safe, the quarantine requires us all to stay home. This means we are not just working from home, but UNC will also ensure that we are learning from home or places where our students are during the quarantine period.
In these times of crisis due to the COVID-19, be upright, be brave, be resilient! These UNCean values- Uprightness, Bravery and Resilience are your guiding principles to enable you to continue acquiring competencies through alternative educational delivery modalities. As the saying goes, “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore (Andre Gide).”
Do not be anxious about “going out of the box”. Whatever the issues, concerns and challenges, your teachers and the UNC administration will support you all the way. Rest assured that the UNC faculty and administrators understand that your learning from home conditions have limitations. We have approached this learning engagement recognizing that there are some of you who have stable connectivity, limited connectivity, and zero connectivity. The faculty will adjust to these conditions. Let not your limitations be a hindrance to continue learning. The only difference now is that we are learning outside our university.
We wish to emphasize that flexible learning does not mean online learning only but can come in diverse forms such as the use of learning modules which can be provided to students at the start of the learning period.
Here are some of the facts you have to understand to help you in your journey and to make your learning experience exciting and effective:
1. “Alternative educational delivery modalities” or “distance learning” does not refer to purely online lectures via Zoom, Google Classroom, Edmodo, or other learning platforms /applications. Online learning platforms such as the ones mentioned are just some of the ways by which remote learning can happen, but there are other modalities, such as using modules in PDF or PPT format uploaded by teachers through social media such as the FB Messenger.
2. Teachers can post their lectures, handouts, instructions, or other materials that will help the students learn the topics at their own pace and time during the period of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
3. Instructions and lectures are kept as simple as possible. The posting can be done weekly every Monday. However, at the option of the teacher, complete modules good for the entire ECQ period may also be posted just once at the start of the teaching-learning engagement on the week of April 1, 2020.
4. No online quizzes or exams will be given, but only weekly exercises. These weekly exercises are not part of the computation of the grades. Weekly activities are given to monitor students' understanding of the topic and to determine whether the desired learning outcomes are achieved. Submission may be made after a week.
5. Submission of deliverables and assessments will be submitted after the suspension of classes is lifted. We will create a convenient and lenient system for submission when class resumes. For those with stable connectivity, their teachers may adopt an assessment process and ways to comply with requirements suitable to their situation.
Please refer to the attached FAQs. For further inquiries, you may contact your respective teachers, your Program Head and/or College Dean.
We have full trust on all UNCean students who are upright and brave.
Always stay safe, and may God be with us all!