Universities and colleges no longer allowed to implement full distance learning from next semester: CHED – Manila Bulletin

Full distance learning will no longer be allowed from the second semester of the 2022-2023 academic year (SY), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced.

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Signed by CHED President, J. Prospero De Vera III, on November 11, the 2022 CHED Memorandum Order 16 series stated that: “Unless approved by CHED, an HEI [Higher Education Institution] cannot offer its recognized degree programs in full distance education, including a fully online modality.

The said CMO also provided updates on onsite learning in higher education amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The CMO, CHED said, is “adopted to provide clarity and support to HEIs in their gradual transition to on-site learning within the broader context of flexible learning (FL)”.

CHED also urged HEIs to adopt the guidelines for the transition to on-site learning “in the context of maintaining flexible learning and healthy learning and working spaces”.

For example, CHED stated that HEIs can “choose to design and deliver their degree programs through on-site learning or a hybrid learning modality” from the second semester of the academic year 2022-2023” based on a comprehensive assessment of institutional capacities, an analysis of learners’ needs and preferences, and the conduct of consultations with stakeholders.

CHED said that for HEIs that will choose to deliver their degree programs in a blended learning modality, “at least 50% of total contact time on on-site learning experiences” should be implemented.

“The remainder of the contact hours can be delivered through other flexible learning strategies such as self-paced print or online learning modules, synchronous or asynchronous learning sessions, and learning approaches peer-guided remotely,” CHED said.

Additionally, CHED said that lab or workshop courses as well as on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeship programs should also be “conducted primarily through on-site learning experiences.” “.

Similarly, CHED said the National Service Training Program (NSTP) will also resume its community-based design and implementation. “Learning experiences can be supplemented with other knowledge learning strategies,” the Commission explained.

CHED said higher education institutions that intend to offer graduate and undergraduate programs through distance learning must “obtain prior approval” from the Commission, as required by Republic Law 10650 or the Open Distance Learning Act and other related policies previously issued.

Similarly, CHED noted that prior approval or authorization is also required for those who intend to operate via cross-border education.

CHED has asked HEIs to inform their respective regional offices of their institutional teaching and learning plans for the transition to on-site or blended learning “at least one month before their class opening schedule” .

Meanwhile, CHED stressed that whatever modality is chosen, HEIs must “ensure that appropriate and adequate means” to assess the achievement of expected learning outcomes (ILOs) are “effectively designed, implemented implemented and documented”.

“Facilities and resources to support the chosen modality must also be made available and accessible,” CHED added.

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