Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Academic Research in Science, Technology and Engineering
The Implementation of Modular Distance Learning in the Philippine Secondary Public Schools
Ysthr Rave Pe Dangle, Johnine Danganan Sumaoang
Face to face learning engagement of students and teachers within the school has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has paved the way to the implementation of Modular Distance Learning as an urgent response to ensure continuity of education. The Philippines is in the process of adapting to the new normal form of education at present, and continuous innovations of educators and active involvement of other stakeholders are the driving force for its success. The key purpose of this research is to find out the challenges encountered, opinions, and recommendations of teachers, parents, and students in the implementation of Modular Distance Learning in Balbalayang National High School (BNHS) and Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) during the School Year 2020-2021. These challenges, opinions and recommendations were identified through a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach by conducting surveys to the 37 participants in the selected schools through quota and purposive sampling. Deductive thematic analysis was used in the interpretation and coding of data. The main challenges that emerged were lack of school funding in the production and delivery of modules; students struggle with self-studying, and parents’ lack of knowledge to academically guide their child/children. In conclusion, the study was able to determine the prevailing challenges of the participants in terms of resources, preparedness, and communication. The result of this study may serve as a springboard for the future improvements of the schools’ existing programs and guidelines on the implementation of modular distance learning.
Keywords: Distance learning modalities, modular approach in learning, modular distance learning, Education in COVID-19 pandemic.