Online distance learning has indeed been very difficult for students and teachers. The teachers of Sto. Batangas City’s National Niño High School has struggled to get a good internet signal for the online classes they have to climb to the rooftops, and some students like Justine Allen Luzon have had to sell their own collection of books for s ” provide a tablet for online learning.
Distance education started off with difficulty for many Filipinos, but REX, one of the country’s leading publishers of academic textbooks, hopes to inspire students and all education leaders to have a better and more positive view of life. current education situation through their Edukampyon initiatives.
Edukampyon is REX’s flagship program that calls for the participation of the whole community and all education leaders to ensure that all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and focused on values. This has become particularly important and relevant given the context and challenges of learning in this new normal.
The role of the student agency in online distance learning
Online distance learning is very difficult for students and teachers due, in part, to the lack of physical learning space created by the classroom. Students learning at home must be endowed with the goodwill and the capacity to be agents of their own learning.
As part of the Edukampyon advocacy and as a long-term approach to the development of education, REX now calls for the promotion of the “student agency” to respond to the problems posed by the new normal learning situation.
The concept of a student agency is based on the principle that students have the ability and the will to positively influence their own lives and the world around them. It is about promoting independent learning so that students are ‘agents of their own learning’ and have the most valuable skill to have in life, namely wanting and learning to learn.
When there is a student agency, students feel a sense of belonging in the classroom, and they have a better sense of self-worth and purpose in their learning. Students will also have a voice and choice regarding their education and, therefore, take responsibility for their own learning.
This type of independent, positive and voluntary approach to learning is what students need in these times when they have to take lessons from the comfort of their own homes. In support of students, teachers and educational institutions are also responsible for creating a climate of success so that they help foster a good learning environment for the student, even at a distance.
Online round table on the student agency
To promote the student agency, which has short- and long-term benefits for Filipino education, REX hosted an online roundtable titled “Student Agency – Beyond Lessons and the Pandemic: Preparing Our Children for a Life of Learning Challenges. “ This will be broadcast live on November 7, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on the REX Facebook page.
Topics that will be covered by the roundtable include: the definition and benefits of the student agency, the relevance of the student agency in teaching and learning in the midst of a pandemic, the current state of the student agency among Filipino learners, and what it takes to build and develop it.
The online roundtable will feature prominent teacher-mentors in education including: Rita Atienza, Director of Science and the Art of Learning and Teaching Ateneo de Manila (SALT ); Malcolm Garma, director of DepEd NCR; Sr. Marissa Viri, President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP); and Jerome Buenviaje, dean of the UP College of Education; and moderated by Dr. Sheila Marie “Shake” Hocson, Psychology Expert and Guidance Director of FEU Manila.
“Building Student Agency” is also the central theme of the Edukampyon Series 2 webinars within the framework of the REX Academy. The Edukampyon webinar series will begin streaming via REX’s live Facebook at the end of November. REX Academy offers blended and online learning courses, home education tips for parents, and guides teachers in using technology in education. Edukampyon Series 1 was designed to supplement training in the use of technology. The series is already endorsed by the DepEd-Learning Resources and Platform Committee as part of their teacher professional development program.
To learn more about REX’s aspiration for the Filipino Whole Learner and more about advocacy and the Edukampyon student agency, visit www.rex.com.ph/edukampyon.