Due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many schools in the country opted to bring classroom instruction online. Philippine Science High School – Central Visayas Campus for one has switched to online education or distance learning in light of the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about distance learning.
1. What is distance learning?
Distance learning refers to the use of technology (i.e. videos, blogs, and Google classroom) to carry out instruction without physical interaction between teachers and students. With increasing accessibility, online learning is no longer supplementary. It has become a significant part of the mainstream of education.
2. How does distance learning differ from blended learning?
The two learning modalities are alike since both employ technology to bridge gaps in instruction. However, blended learning is slightly different because it combines virtual education with face-to-face classroom sessions.
3. What are some advantages of distance learning?
Through distance learning, students can learn at their own pace, study anywhere, anytime, and access varied online resources.
PSHS-CVisC is continuously searching for ways to make online learning for the students more effective and convenient. This mode of instruction will be employed for the rest of the academic year if conditions remain unfavorable.
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