It’s New Normal!
How’s everyone doing these times? It’s been ages since we’re stuck at home, right? As a sword to fight for productivity, I know very well that some of you had some engaging to webinars, whilst some are having their perfect fitspiration to tone up, or catching up with a multitude of books, grinding their mobile games, binge-watched some series, decluttered storage and closets, and even tried new recipes like dalgona coffee or something that’s all over TikTok, so to speak.
And of course, you can’t forget to keep in mind that you’re also missing everything about school, perhaps. Rushing your way to school, hearing the sound of the busy city, seeing your colleagues, standing by the chez and having some snack, eating at the secret shop, doing some research at the Library, and Nexus Labs (while freezing) as you wait for your next class.
I believe you guys also missed your professors, their lectures, the activities, exams, and projects and some kinds of school stuff, right? Hmm, I wonder if you really do? Hayy, how I wish and all of us wish that these happenings in the world end in no time. The good thing is that you guys are all safe.
Now, it’s official! Welcome back to school. Yes school, it’s not actually a classroom nor a physical school. It’s what we call now the borderfree classroom. So what is actually in store for you, and us teachers with this term?
In response to the challenges in the education system as well as the constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) is moving forward with its Borderfree Education program.
What is BorderFree Education?
De La Salle Lipa BorderFree Education is the “School of the Future,” empowering students to take greater ownership of their learning process. It integrates Academics, Campus Life, and Campus Services supported online by faculty, staff, and other shared services personnel – offering Education-on-Demand.
Why BorderFree Education?
DE LA SALLE LIPA endeavors to create an environment that forms learners to participate in the creation of a just, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive society through the experience of:
A BORDERFREE COMMUNITY of learners that promotes the excellence of the whole person and that together and by association, give witnesses to Faith, Service, and Communion;
A BORDERFREE CAMPUS that is responsive to the needs of learners and supportive of their success in the learning journey;
A BORDERFREE CLASSROOM where learners are guided to become actively engaged in the design of their learning experiences.
The BorderFree LMS powered by Canvas is designed to help usher in a new era of education for De La Salle Lipa students. With the LMS in place, you can take better control of their learning as we, instructors provide important guidance along the way.
The LMS is also designed to foster confidence and collaboration among the students. You are given more meaningful roles as you take part in Borderfree Education made possible by the LMS. Slowly but surely, the LMS helps you become more independent learners.
DLSL BorderFree Classroom
- Flexible, self-paced, self-directed programs
- Gamified Assessments that may be finished anytime within the 20-week Semester Cycle
- Life-skills training at age-appropriate levels
DLSL BorderFree Student Life
- Enriched and engaged Student Life
- Online athletic and varsity coaching activities
- On-demand life-coaching services
DLSL BorderFree Campus
- Much reduced costs and higher value-for-money
- Full-service help desks to help stakeholders navigate the platform
- Full online access to libraries all over the world
Read more about it on https://www.dlsl.edu.ph
Sooooo, this school year will be fully equipped with online modules, there will be modules given good for the whole semester. Each module has Formative and Summative Assessments to take. Each module will be consumed for several weeks. Isn’t it long enough? You don’t have to feel extra pressured to keep hustling and fill your time to complete and finish the tasks you have.
We are all going through this global pandemic phenomenon, and we are being inundated with tons of anxiety-inducing news about coronavirus update which really affects our mental health. We are stuck in this traumatic experience which adds to our emotional discomfort and unsteadiness. It’s indeed hard to process when we’re still in the battle, so it’s really not a bad idea to give some grace and be more gentle with ourselves during this time.
We are all adjusting, so we have to bear with each other as we face this new normal realm. We have to be open-minded at all times.
To my students, I am thrilled to guide you all on this journey!
Care to share some of your quarantine stories? And what do you expect to this BorderFree Education? Thread on the comments section below.