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Online Learning: Education’s New Normal

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May 13, 2020

The past few months have made us realize that we can actually accomplish a lot at home. Left without any coffee shops, libraries, or co-working spaces to study in, many students have been forced to get work done at home. As a result, for the first time, online learning has become a serious option for schools and students alike.

Like everything else that has come out of the Internet, online learning expands the opportunities available to you, specifically in terms of your education. Imagine getting to take a course from Harvard, Yale, and other prestigious schools without having to spend a fortune to relocate. With the need for physical class attendance reduced or eliminated completely, you get to broaden and deepen your knowledge from the comforts of your couch, and at your own pace, too. 

There are now many ways for you to get an education online. Here are some of the best options available to you right now:

DepEd Commons

Even before this pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, class cancellations were a common fixture in the school calendar. Whether it was because of typhoons, volcanic eruptions, or massive rallies, you could always be sure of sudden class suspensions springing up more than once a year.

Sure, classes being suspended all of a sudden could give you a few extra days to finish cramming a requirement or studying for an important exam. However, this would also mean condensing timelines and skipping certain topics that would have otherwise improved your knowledge.

This is something that DepEd Commons has helped address. The first of its kind in the country, DepEd Commons was recently launched in order to provide public and private schools with shared learning resources. Teachers can make use of the wide variety of learning content available on the platform to share with students and can even customize these according to their own needs. This way, students get to continue their education outside the physical classroom, and even learn from each other, no matter which parts of the country they come from.

Although it is still in its infancy, DepEd Commons is something that definitely has the potential to change how Filipinos learn, for the better.

Open Universities

Although open universities are already quite common in many parts of the world, they have yet to fully make a mark in the Philippines. But that might just be about to change.

Open universities allow students to earn a college or even postgraduate degree through distance learning, meaning that they do not need to physically attend any lectures on campus. This way, students get to save a lot on miscellaneous fees, accommodation, and transportation, all while getting the same opportunity to walk away with a diploma. You don’t need to be physically present on campus at a specific point in time to sit in a lecture, giving you time to pursue other interests or even work full-time while still studying.

Today, a number of Philippine colleges and universities offer degrees through an open university system. As more universities develop their own online learning platforms in the wake of the pandemic, you can only expect more online degree programs to be offered in the future as people begin to take advantage of the many opportunities that online education has to offer. 

Certificate Courses

If you’re still a bit of a traditionalist and don’t feel comfortable with moving your entire education online, there are still ways to benefit from online learning opportunities. Instead of pursuing a full degree, you can instead opt to earn a certificate or to take some short courses online. These can supplement what you’ve learned in school and add to your own personal skill set.

Online certificate programs typically consist of only a few modules and can be completed in a matter of days or weeks. As a result, many of them are available for free on various platforms, while others cost only a fraction of what a two or four-year degree would. They also provide a recognizable certificate of completion when you finish, which you can add to your resume when applying for a job or a promotion.

There are numerous online course providers that allow you to complete a certificate program, some of which are offered by the best universities and institutions in the world. You can choose from a wide range of study options depending on your need. Whether you are simply looking to improve your writing, speaking, and time management, or to learn a new skill in a completely foreign field, the Internet will definitely have just the right thing for you to keep that spirit of learning alive. 

To learn more about the different online learning opportunities available to you, visit Edukasyon.ph.

 

Written By:

Julienne Ang

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