The Commission on Higher Education - Inter Agency Task Force (CHED-IATF) visited Holy Angel University last December 5 to inspect retrofitted classrooms and laboratories for possible limited face-to-face classes for courses where lessons are difficult to be taught remotely this second semester.
The team surveyed rooms, laboratories, and offices in the University's SFJ, PGN, and MGN buildings.
HAU tirelessly prepared for the possible implementation of limited face-to-face classes the past months.
Chairman Prospero de Vera expressed his gratitude to the university for all the efforts exerted in the preparation.
The team will make recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte discussing the results of the visit. This will assist them in the crafting of guidelines and policies.
HAU is one of the two universities in the country chosen to model readiness for limited face-to-face classes.
Holy Angel University has assured its students that it is ready to deliver online instruction and that its neediest students will be given free prepaid loads and free use of gadgets for one year.
All faculty members have completed a course on the new learning management system under CANVAS and are currently converting their traditional lesson plans into online format in time for opening of online classes in August.
The University Student Council (USC) has also released the results of its evaluation of the University’s online summer classes, which show the instructors’ preparedness to handle online classes and the students’ overall satisfaction with the University’s online instruction.
USC officers personally observed the classes and surveyed the students enrolled in those classes. Instructors received high marks in both observation and survey in terms of mastery and delivery, class management, communication skills, ability to engage students and use of the new online platform. The observers also noted the instructors’ helpfulness and leniency with students having difficulty with the new system.
The University’s School of Engineering and Architecture also conducted a survey on its own online summer classes, which validated the findings of the USC survey and observation.
The USC, however, noted the lack of gadgets, weak or fluctuating Internet signal and cost of connectivity as a problem for students, although the study revealed that only 2% of the respondents have no smartphone and only 4% have no Internet access at home.
The University is inviting these students to apply at the HAU Office of Community Extension Services (OCES) for free prepaid loads good for one schoolyear and at the HAU Scholarships and Grants Office for free use of tablets. The University has purchased 1,000 tablets to lend to students for one schoolyear.
The University is campaigning for individual and corporate donors to raise funds to purchase prepaid loads and additional tablets so that more students can benefit from the grant. It has also negotiated with Smart-PLDT, Globe and Converge for easier installment plans and customized packages for HAU students.
The University is likewise assuring students and their parents that it is enforcing strict health and safety protocols on campus for in-person enrollment which will start later this month. Enrollment is currently online and by phone.
Protocols include “no mask, no entry” policy, social distancing, temperature check, provision of alcohol dispensers and plastic dividers, skeleton workforce in offices, rotating schedule of employees, and shortened office hours.
The University is also readying options for students who prefer traditional printed learning materials and for parents who prefer home schooling for their children, as well as blended instruction (rotating, socially distanced classes on campus) if and when government allows social mobility for students.
University officials say they will give students as many flexible learning choices as possible, respect their unique individual circumstances, provide them meaningful and memorable experiences despite their limited access to campus facilities, and prioritize their health and safety above all.
The School of Arts and Sciences’ Communication and Psychology programs conducted their first-ever advisory councils virtually on May 13 and 14, respectively. The Program Advisory Council (PAC) discussion reviewed curriculum content, pedagogies and learning outcomes to proactively respond to ”the new normal” brought by the global phenomenon.
“New paradigms about human life have emerged, and the way people do business will radically change along with these new perspectives. Thus, the virtual PAC is crucial in order for both programs to determine what must be the focal point of their instructions and formation of the students to make learning process more relevant and responsive to the signs of the times,” added by Dr. Janette R. Rodriguez, SAS Dean.
The Communication Program steered the PAC through its members who are industry partners, CHED technical panel, alumni, faculty, and students to a meaningful engagement. Discussions covered the changing paradigm and directions of the program in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, matters discussed were partnerships, capacity building for faculty, content and design of lessons, laboratory experience, skills to develop among students, valuing, co-curricular activities for students, and the internship program.
Consequently, the industry partners, alumni, faculty and students of the Psychology Program imparted the importance of telepsychology/tele-counseling as crucial provision to promote mental health in the midst of a pandemic where social mobility is restricted. In view of this, they recommended the inclusion of knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) pertinent to change in delivery mode in mental health care in the preparation of the learning plans. Overall, the participants provided invaluable inputs about the major course requirements, flexible learning options that are student-centered and the need to prepare the students in the use of online platforms.
The resounding success of the SAS virtual PAC can be attributed to the hard work of the management team and the faculty of both programs.
Through Zoom web conferencing, four graduate students of the School of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences presented and orally defended their thesis or dissertation between March 20 to April 15, 2020.
Having successfully defended their research, Allan Manaloto (PhD in Nursing Education), Katherine Roque and John Paul Oronan (MS in Nursing, Major in Adult Health Nursing) are now candidates for graduation. Furthermore, Jan Glendell Calma (MS Radiologic Technology) presented his research proposal.
They were evaluated by Graduate School faculty panelists Dr. Roberto Sombillo, Dr. Jenneth Sarmiento, Dr. Elmer Bondoc, Dr. Lucila Sunga, Dr. Jonathan Cura, and Dr. John Federick Yap. Joining in the videoconference were two Graduate School research advisers: Dr. Al Biag and Dr. Maria Cynthia Leigh, a professorial guest lecturer from Australia. Also in the conference was Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Jose Henry Lansangan.
Dr. Precious Jean Marquez and Asst. Prof. Noriel Calaguas facilitated the online discourse, in which the latter created protocols and guidelines for circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) through the Communication and Languages Department and in cooperation with the Human Resource Development Office spearheaded the Public Speaking and Impression Management Training for public school teachers of the Divisions of Angeles City and Pampanga, and the HAU non-teaching personnel.
The two webinar sessions were conducted last May 11 and 15 which drew 77 and 90 participants, respectively. The training sought to provide the participants with practical skills and knowledge necessary to express themselves clearly, with confidence and power, in a variety of speaking situations. The webinar also served as one of the extension projects of the department for HAU community as well as the partner schools.
Resources speakers were two faculty members from the Communication and Languages Department, Ms. Kimberly Pineda and Mr. Christian Darnel David.
Dr. Irelyn Tamayo, the Divisions Superintendent of Angeles City, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity provided to the elementary and high school public school teachers. She is also hopeful that the learnings of the participants will translate in the practice of their profession.
Another run of the webinar is on the works intended for the faculty members of the university.
Over 500 instructors underwent the Canvas training on on April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, 2020. Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) program that Holy Angel University will use to facilitate online classes.
Instructors were from the Senior High School department, College department, and Guest Lecturers.
Canvas trainer Connie Khoo delivered the first week of training. Prof. Leo Valdes delivered the following week, with modifications specifically for High School.
The course was delivered in a combination of live lecture and demonstration (using Zoom App) and self-paced instruction with assignments (in Canvas LMS).
Select instructors from the School of Computing — known as the HAU Canvas Champions — provided individualized support. They are Kevin Espinosa, Alma Theresa Manaloto, Jeanky Mendez, Magsie Magbag, Everly Chua, Mary Jane Rabena, Jehan Bulanadi, Joseph Esquivel, and Carisma Caro. Office of International Affairs' (OIA) Instructional Designer Stephanie Mabasa also provided support to attendees.
The course covered the basics of using and personalizing Canvas, building lesson modules, quizzes and assignments.
All faculty members are currently migrating their lectures, experiments and traditional syllabi to the new LMS