Challenges and Innovations in Learning: Post-pandemic Reflections

A panel from Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines, will present “Challenges and Innovations in Learning: Post-pandemic Reflections” at The 3rd Southeast Asian Conference on Education (SEACE2023).

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Challenges and Innovations in Learning: Post-pandemic Reflections

Schools in the Philippines are now reopening after two years of shutdowns – one of the longest in the world. The lockdown forced the schools to shift from face-to-face classes to distance learning through modules and online learning. The distance mode of education brought some challenges on the part of college students and on academic units that cater learning to the public and students, such as museums. This panel will describe the sentiments and dissatisfaction of students on distance learning, specifically the lack of clarity in instructions and the need for discussions that could only be had with teachers.

Meanwhile, the reasons for their appreciation of online mode were also noted. Their ability to work at their own pace and the availability of reading materials and online activities easily synthesising the lesson content was positively acknowledged by the students. The reflections from these studies give opportunities to introduce innovative approaches to learning after the pandemic.

Moreover, limitations on mobility and fieldwork were offset through the building of museum collections that exhibit cultural traditions and technology in agriculture in a state university. This panel hopes to pool together the good practices towards resilient education.


Jose Epimaco R. Arcega
Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines

Jose Epimaco R. Arcega, Central Luzon State UniversityJose Epimaco R. Arcega is an Instructor of the Department of Social Sciences at Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines. He is also the current secretary of the Academic Research Council (ARC) and Ethics Research Committee of the University. He received his BA in Social Sciences at CLSU and MA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, Philippines. His research interests are political sociology, sports sociology, and family values. He has presented papers in international conferences.

Floper Gershwin Manuel
Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Philippines

Floper Gershwin Manuel, Central Luzon State University (CLSU), PhilippinesFloper Gershwin Manuel is currently an Assistant Professor at the Social Sciences Department of the Central Luzon State University, Philippines. He also serves as the Head of the University’s Center for Central Luzon Studies, which manages the CLSU Agricultural Museum. His research focuses on rural and agricultural communities, gender studies, youth, and heritage and museum studies. Previously, he has worked as a Science Research Specialist (Social Anthropologist) for the Philippine Rice Research Institute, where he explored rice farmers and farming community dynamics in the Philippines. He finished his BA in Social Science at the University of the Philippines and his Master of Community Development at Benguet State University. He is an active member of the International Council on Museums (ICOM).

Melanie Tolentino
Central Luzon State University, Philippines

Melanie Tolentino, Central Luzon State University, PhilippinesMelanie Tolentino is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Central Luzon State University, Philippines, where she teaches social research methods, data analysis for social sciences, population problems and analysis, and sociology of institutions. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from De La Salle University. Her research interests focus on social capital, mixed-method design, education, and population ageing with a specific emphasis on social aspects of health. She has published research articles in the Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, an internationally refereed and Scopus-indexed journal. She is also engaged in various research projects in agriculture, gender and development, and science and technology funded by national and international institutions. Tolentino has also completed short-term programs in Japan; the first was on peace and human security at Nagasaki University, and the second was on global health issues at Hokkaido University.

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