FILE PHOTO (Photo by Francia Denise M. Arizabal/ The Varsitarian)

UST will stick to hybrid learning in Academic Year (AY) 2023 to 2024, the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA) has announced.

In a memorandum, the OVRAA said no full face-to-face (F2F) classes would be conducted in the University next year to take “advantage of the gains from enriched virtual mode of instruction (EVM), especially as a contingency plan when on-site classes are not possible.”

The OVRAA also said no course would be delivered purely online or purely on-site.

“No courses shall be delivered purely onsite to ensure that the academic staff and students continue to enhance instruction through the use of the UST Cloud Campus and other technology tools acquired by the University,” the memorandum read.

“No course shall be delivered purely online, in consideration of the need to conduct high-stakes assessments onsite,” it continued.

The OVRAA required tertiary programs to ensure that more than 75 percent of their courses would be delivered with at least 50 percent of the total course hours conducted in person.

Following Commission on Higher Education Memorandum No. 16, s. 2022, which required all higher education institutions to conduct at least 50 percent of classes F2F beginning Term 2 of AY 2022-2023, the OVRAA said programs that would implement distance learning must secure approval from the CHEd.

Academic unit heads were still tasked with determining the “most efficient” combination of learning hours to be implemented in their programs next year.

In December, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Cheryl Peralta told the Varsitarian that the University would be shifting to a hybrid learning mode in AY 2023-2024, while the second term of AY 2022-2023 will serve as a transition period.

Program heads were left to determine the best combination of online and on-site classes for Term 2 of AY 2022-2023. Logan Kal-El M. Zapanta


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