UPOU, CHED WEBrightSHOP Readies URS for New Normal

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) conducted a webinar-workshop called WEBrightShop on Flexible Learning for Continuity, Enhancing and Transforming  Higher   Education for the University of Rizal System (URS) on July 7 – 9 and July 14 – 16, 2020 via Zoom.

The activity is a project of the Faculty and Staff Development Committee (FSDC) of the University which focused on recalibrating its existing curriculum and processes in moving forward to the New Normal.

Considering the analysis made by the technical working group on the New Learning Environment Guidelines regarding the learning modalities, a number of preparations and actions were done to redefine the teaching-learning strategy to guarantee the delivery of quality education amid the pandemic COVID-19. With the TWG’s initiated survey participated in by the ten campuses and its colleges, the University was able to determine the status and proposed specific guidelines for the implementation of the New Learning Environment under New Normal, among which is the curriculum delivery system which considered the learners’ and teachers’ capacity as well as those of the concerned staff of the University.

Thereby, URS in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the experts from the UPOU, module development, and capacity building for faculty members were initiated.

As such, the University also coordinated with other government and non-government institutions for other alternative delivery models that fit the needs of the different clients of the University.

Plenary talks were held prior to the actual webinar-workshop. Speakers present were Commissioner Lilian De las Llagas of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Dr. Lisa Bersales, Dr. Arminda Santiago, Dr. Odette Portus, and Dr. Grace Alfonso of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). They talked on Education 6.0 “Education with a Soul”, Seamless and Quality  Assured Higher Education; Data Matters: A Paradigm Shift to a Learner-centered and Faculty-abled University of Today and the Future; Innovation and Creativity: Pathways toward a

Responsive, Agile, and Relevant Higher Education Institution; Research: Key to Learner and Teacher as Co-creators of Knowledge; and, Technology and Beyond:  Flexible Convertible Learning and Teaching and the Mechanics of WEBrightShop, respectively.

With the WEBrightShop, the faculty were able to design their course outline, develop materials to help achieve the intended outcomes of the courses, identify modes of delivery for each course and create activities that will help students achieve the intended objectives of the courses. For the administration, it aimed to help the administration identify areas with which it can help the faculty and students.

A total of 460 faculty members were trained. A total of 2,795 modules were written.