Online Learning in Dumaguete City
There is a total of 22,483 enrolled students recorded from the online enrollment system for school year 2020-2021 which will kick start this August 24,2020. In order to limit the threat of COVID-19 in the city and possibly the province, City School Division Superintendent Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde presented a brand-new program for online learning in Dumaguete City…the Academic Panda!
What is Academic Panda?
During Dr. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde presentation to the City IATF chaired by Mayor Antonio Filipe Remollo, he introduced Academic Panda. A new online learning that might be used during the pandemic. This new program is derived from the Food Panda delivery service, which delivers food and supplies with the comfort and safety of people’s homes. The Academic Panda aims to deliver educational modules and leaning materials with the comfort and safety of the student’s home. Learning will now be through pure online, modular or blended instructions and assessment.
- PURE ONLINE learning can be delivered through systematic utilization of virtual interactions thru Edmodo classroom and other platforms, which is preferred for students with actual internet subscription.
- MODULAR learning involves the reproduction of manuals, instructional and assessment materials in 280 kiosks all throughout the city and in every school for students who have no smartphones and electricity.
- BLENDED learning involves online instruction and reproduction of learning materials at the kiosks for easy collection and distribution for students with smartphones and use mobile data.
Academic Panda – Drop & Pick Up System
If there are some cases where a student has no internet access or mobile date, the Drop & Pick Up System may be used. This is an alternative strategy that suggests independent learning for Grades 4 to Senior High School. Schools shall provide a claim and drop facility that will ensure the easy collection and distribution of learning materials.
School Mobile Delivery Unit
The School Mobile Delivery Unit will be used for extreme cases and times, where the parent or guardian can not provide internet connection. The School Mobile Delivery Unit or simply SMDU, is a group of teachers that shall bring the learning materials directly to the student’s home as well as retrieve these said materials after. This will ensure that all enrolled students will continue learning through out the school year even with out internet or mobile date.
The estimated total cost for Academic Panda would be 21 million pesos. This already includes the reproduction costs of printed leaning materials and manuals, kiosks (computer) and printers. For the MRK or Material Reproduction Kiosks for offline materials, there will be 75 kiosks all over the city and 5 kiosks in every school. However, Project Teambayayong aims to cultivate partnerships, linkages and support from various stakeholders that can provide internet connection, computer sets, printers and other equipment to sustain the MRK and ensure access to learning materials by learners throughout the academic year at a reduced cost.