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Adapting to the new normal: Online learning in Philippine education

By Gemma A. Grecia


Education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of generations of Filipinos, equipping them to become fully engaged and productive members of society. The contemporary societal landscape, often characterized by unpredictability, has necessitated significant adaptations in educational practices. Notably, a prominent focus in some educational institutions is the implementation of online learning as a modality for delivering instructional content to students in remote settings. This shift toward online learning, in the context of the “new normal” in education, should not be viewed negatively. Rather, it serves as a catalyst for the education system to embrace more effective and efficient platforms and systems, alleviating teachers from substantial clerical responsibilities. Consequently, educators can redirect their energies toward the fundamental aspects of teaching, particularly fostering meaningful relationships with students.


The prominence of online teaching and learning is poised to persist and become a standard educational approach. In response to this evolution, educators must adequately prepare to navigate the realm of online instruction. While online learning is not a novel concept, its newfound prominence underscores its critical role in shaping how future generations of learners will be educated. Many educational institutions have embraced the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Moodle, Blackboard Learn, and Canvas. These platforms facilitate students’ completion of assignments, the delivery of presentations, the administration of assessments, and the provision of prompt feedback from instructors through online channels.


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