The CoViD-19 pandemic has put an end to the prevailing ideology underlying the educational system in the Philippines. The use of interactive online classrooms as a replacement for conventional education has been a concern for both teachers and learners since they were given a limited time to learn and relearn these platforms. Teachers were obliged to undergo trainings. While the efforts were excellent, faculty members were short of time, as many were torn between studying how to operate emerging technology and the teaching itself. This research assessed the teacher-learner engagement in an online learning in a private catholic school and the challenges encountered by the teachers of the elementary and junior high school in an online learning engagement. The TPACK (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge) of the teachers in elementary and junior high school were evident as assessed by the students but, there are still points to consider to further improve their engagement in online learning modality. The teacher-respondents in the Focus Group Discussion mentioned that internet connectivity is a major issue that is at the threshold of providing quality education during the pandemic. Academic honesty has been a major source of concern for the teacher-respondents. Teachers were looking for better ways and means on how to monitor and provide timely and effective feedback to their students. Based on the result of this study, a tailored fit-for-purpose upskilling matrix to become a 21st century teacher in the digital realm is of greatest importance in achieving a promising online learning engagement.
Geraldine Pancho, Adamson University, Philippines