Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, state universities in the Philippines such as the Catanduanes State University (CATSU) had to resort to alternative means as holding of face-to-face classes became untenable due to the upsurge of COVID-19 cases. With the poor internet connectivity and erratic power supply in the island-province of Catanduanes, the Catanduanes State University had to make do with modular learning with identified local government units (LGU) distribution and collection centers for academic modules across eleven (11) towns of the province. This was complemented by the University with 27 smart learning centers equipped with satellite and/or Wi-Fi technology with personal computers to be used for study and research of students with no internet access at their homes. Likewise, in partnership with both the private sector and the government, CATSU was able to secure donations and distributed 567 tablets and PhP 580,000.00 worth of internet loads to students. This study shows how modular learning approach successfully substituted face-to-face learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The valuable lessons derived by the university’s implementation of modular teaching as an alternative to face-to-face mode of learning shows a wealth of experience and effective unconventional teaching strategies that can be adopted by other academic institutions in similar situations.
Jane Rose Azanza, Catanduanes State University, Philippines