WHILE distance education is not a new concept, it has come into widespread use in the Philippines in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is RAD Learning?
Remote and distance (RAD) Learning was first offered by the Southwestern University PHINMA to its college students in 2020. RAD Learning enabled the students to continue their studies while still following the government’s safety protocols for Covid-19.
RAD Learning is 100 percent home learning. It allows students to continue studying while away from school. This learning modality is designed to provide an alternative way for students to continue the learning journey while ensuring their safety and well-being during this period.
RAD Learning makes use of printed learning materials which may be sent to pre-identified locations for students to pick up. Various distribution systems have been arranged to make it convenient for SWU PHINMA students from all over the Philippines.
Another advantage of RAD Learning is its block scheduling system. Each block offers two subjects, with a maximum of three subjects for some programs. Thus, unlike the usual modular learning method, the students are able to focus on learning two to three subjects at a time without compromising the quality of learning and the students’ learning calendar.
A monthly 10GB data allocation is provided to help students get virtual coaching and teacher support. This particular benefit, only offered by SWU PHINMA and the other PHINMA Education schools nationwide, will help students access additional educational resources on the web and allow them to connect socially with their classmates and peers for their group performance tasks.
What can SWU PHINMA students say about RAD Learning?
SWU PHIMA’s RAD Learning has received positive feedback from its students.
Nursing student Neizl Angeli Hortado from Dalaguete, Cebu recounts, “RAD Learning enabled students like me to continue learning in the comfort of our homes.”
For Resha Soriano, who comes from Negros Oriental and is currently taking Hotel and Restaurant Management, RAD Learning encourages her to appreciate new learning discoveries. “The new setup enables me to be optimistic in acquiring new knowledge,” she says.
For Boholana Deena Kelly who is working on a degree in Veterinary Medicine, RAD Learning was the turning point in her life. Deena explains, “When the pandemic hit, I was struggling and on the verge of giving up. But I realized that quitting is not and will never be an option for me. The RAD Learning of SWU inspired me to work harder.”
“RAD Learning has its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve had my fair share of difficulties, but I chose to embrace and deal with them so I can continue my studies and pursue my dreams,” says Karl William Saavedra, a Business Administration student from Ormoc City.
BS Psychology student Princess Dulce Acain from Dinagat Island describes the school year as full of modules and cellphone screens, but with the support and kindness of her teachers, she still feels very much connected. “Every day, there is a need to face different activities, which I believe will surely groom my knowledge, talents and capabilities,” she narrates.
Parents and teachers also have good things to say about the new learning modality. For Florence Rumbaoa, a parent, RAD Learning lessened her child’s life struggles and allowed her to enjoy doing schoolwork at home.
College of Nursing faculty member Anthony Joseph Mercado feels that through RAD Learning, students are given the primary responsibility for their own learning and are allowed to realize the importance of the day’s lessons on their own. Similarly, Senior High School teacher Jason Tutor feels that his students are now more independent and have become more accountable for their learning activities.
RAD Learning for #TheBestYou
In spite the upcoming vaccine roll-out, the new normal in education is here to stay. The university anticipates that blended learning or a mix of both distance learning and face-to-face learning will be the new normal in the years to come. RAD Learning will enable SWU PHINMA students to continue with their studies without disruption.
With RAD Learning, education need not be constrained by extraneous factors and restricted to classroom learning. Whatever the distance or limitations, students’ can continue with their learning journey towards becoming the best with SWU PHINMA’s RAD Learning.
Onsite and online admission for School Year 2021-2022 is ongoing. For enrollment-related inquiries, one may contact SWU PHINMA through 0917 835 2881 or 0942 082 0539. One may also follow the university’s official Facebook page (Southwestern University PHINMA) for updates and important announcements. SPONSORED CONTENT