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Learning support to CPAf students now online

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by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico

The College of Public Affairs and Development (CPAf) provides learning support to students virtually particularly in their online submission of academic requirements and requests for information resources. UPLB suspended classes and work in most offices on March 17, 2020 with the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. Office operations in the University only resumed on June 8.

Since the start of the ECQ, the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of CPAf, through its faculty members, sustains communication with their students using social networking sites and other online portals. According to Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, IGRD director, some courses are already in blended mode (the use of both traditional classroom method and online learning platforms, i.e., Edmodo, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams Meet) even before the ECQ. “Since classes were suspended, holding of classes also ceased. The teacher-learner interaction is mostly asynchronous online consultations and discussions, and provision of information resources”, Dr. Reyes said.

Information resources (e.g., PDF files of readings, videos) are shared to students. Individualized mentoring/advising is conducted to students who are writing their field study, thesis, or dissertation. Relevant advisories are reposted on the College’s Facebook page. Student presentations and examinations are also done via Zoom, Facebook Messenger, or Google Meet.

Student manuscripts and academic forms (e.g., plan of course work, application for examination) are, likewise, signed electronically. These forms are downloadable at the UPLB Graduate School’s website. Request for e-signature can be sent to IGRD’s email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or directly to the faculty members who need to sign the document. The IGRD also assists students to submit their documents online to the Graduate School.

Moreover, the CPAf Library continues to accommodate requests for journal articles and e-books that are included in UPLB’s subscriptions. Research assistance has also been given to CPAf's students, staff, and faculty by compiling journal articles that are relevant to their topics of interest and sending them via email.

Requests for journal articles and e-books can be sent through the UPLB University Library website or straight to the email address of the Knowledge Management Office (KMO) of CPAf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Those who are interested to have off-campus access to UPLB’s online resources can also send an email to KMO.

CPAf implemented a work-from-home arrangement during the ECQ period. Since June 8, the College has adopted a combination of a skeleton workforce and work-from-home arrangements.

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