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After the pandemic, Davao University will provide blended learning.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) intends to kick off a wave of innovation among educational institutions in the Philippines by experimenting with a hybrid learning system that combines online and face-to-face learning.

Fr. Ogie Cabayao, the ADDU assistant to the academic vice president, stated Monday that the Hybrid Implementation Strategy, which uses the FLEX blended learning modality, will be offered again this school year (HISFlex).

“To ensure that education in ADDU is future-proofed, we are introducing HISFlex in response to a world that is VUCA, or volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous,” Cabayao said in a press briefing.

He believes that “there will still be a pandemic in the future” even after the Covid-19 pandemic has ended, and that educational institutions must learn to respond proactively.

ADDU president Fr. Joel Tabora coined the phrase “VUCA world” to describe the challenges and realizations brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Hopefully, this will also serve as a benchmark model.” “We believe that by adopting this concept, it will spark a chain reaction among other educational institutions to build a creative pandemic response,” Cabayao added.

The ADDU noted that courses requiring face-to-face learning, such as engineering, natural sciences, and physical education, were restructured to enhance efficiency in its HISFlex classes.

“To that aim, 50 of our classrooms and 29 of our laboratories have been adapted for HISFlex classes at a cost of PHP50 million for SY 2022-23. In future years, when our budget allows, we will remodel more classrooms in higher and basic education,” ADDU stated in a statement.

“When the pandemic is over, it will be evident that hybrid-blended learning is compatible with students meeting and interacting face-to-face on campus,” the report continued.

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