Adopting to the new normal due to COVID-19 pandemic
TACLOBAN CITY-Students in one of the universities here in this city might just be flash drives this school year.
This after an official of the Leyte Normal University (LNU) submitted his proposal before the regional office of the Commission on Higher Education (ChEd) and to the university president, Jude Duarte to use flash drives or USB sticks during this time of coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic.
Clemelle Montallana, LNU’s director of the physical plant and facilities, said that under his proposals, students of the university would use flash drives where they can store their class works which they will submit to their respective instructors for review.
The use of flash drives is part of what Montallana described as ‘A-New Normal Project’ or Assistance to Normalistas in the Online Education of the New Learning Hub Project.
According to him, the use of flash drives is just one of the innovations that should be applied during this time of health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Montallana said that part of his proposal is the university providing computer sets to different local government units in areas where there are LNU enrolled students.
He said that these computers will be used by the students who does not own a computer where they can do their class assignments or activities which they will stored in the flash drives.
“I am positive that ChEd as well as our university president will approve my proposal considering that it’s not costly and is aimed for the safety of our students,” Montallana said.
The LNU official said that students need not go to school every day as online teaching will be applied during this school year.
“The students will only be required to come to school to deposit their flash drives where they stored their assignments or activities at the Guard House,” he said.
This will limit face-to-face contacts between the instructors and students, thus, avoid any possible spread of COVID-19 inside the university, Montallana said.
The instructors would then collect the flash drives of their students for review or checking. LNU has more than enough computer sets to adopt to the new method of teaching.
LNU has around 8,000 students enrolled for this school year to start on August 24.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)