Rev. Fr. Emilio A. Ascaño, LRMS
The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19 is one of the most unpredictable global public health crisis in recent times. Academic leaders across the Philippines have responded by moving their educational and associated activities online. The decision to pivot to remote learning was made swiftly, particularly by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila Education System, benefiting from a greater degree of agility, innovation, and collaboration.
Across the nation, academic leaders have organized workshops to familiarize faculty with modern remote digital teaching and learning tools which have advanced considerably in sophistication and effectiveness.
Our Academic leaders, who remained sincere in their education apostolate, motivated the faculty and our parents who were previously resistant to any form of technology-enhanced teaching outside the school premises.
We encourage you, our dear parents, to embrace our new reality. Empathy, compassion, and flexibility are in order so that we can address peacefully any concern that you have since most of you are new in this mode of learning.
As we pivot to remote learning, our academic leaders and faculty are ready to use a new toolbox of intellectual stimulation, idealized influence, and inspiration. Our young faculty, driven by their intrinsic willingness to innovate, are ready to deliver their lessons online. At the beginning, things cannot all be perfect, and some may be even be mediocre. However, our academic leaders are capable of leveraging the skills and talents of the campus collective, by employing a distributed situational leadership style that will allow faculty to perform at high levels.
Thank you for your trust and confidence in us... our academic leaders and faculty are capable of delivering better quality online learning content offerings. These learning contents will leverage various digital leaning technologies to promote interaction among our students, the key to effective online learning and ironically the antithesis of social distancing.