Surveillance on College Students’ Experiences During Online Modality: Towards an Independent Learning Approach


With the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in lockdowns in the Philippines starting in March 2020, learning had to be immediately shifted to an online modality, a setup where students studied mostly on their own forcing them to become independent learners. Using descriptive phenomenology by Paul Colaizzi as a research design, the study investigated the lived experiences of college students under the online learning modality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through in-depth interviews, data was gathered from (15) full-time third-year college students during the Second Semester of the Academic Year 2022-2023 at a Philippine higher education institution. Findings showed that participants mostly describe independent learning as “learning on your own” or “self-study”. As a result of learning alone during the pandemic, they were able to develop independent learning skills and capabilities such as flexibility and adaptation, self-reflection and continuous improvement, openness to new perspectives, resourcefulness and self-reliance, and setting goals and measuring progress. Results further revealed that students became resilient; they were able to adapt to the new learning setup and found ways to learn on their own to survive or thrive in the new learning setup despite the difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations included promoting independent learning through explicitly creating a policy and incorporating it into the curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and support service programs of the university, to fully realize the potential of students to become independent learners.

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Jennifer D. Tucpi, Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila, Philippines

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Learning Experiences

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Tucpi J. (2024) Surveillance on College Students’ Experiences During Online Modality: Towards an Independent Learning Approach ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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