The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila will be hosting a dry run of its virtual classroom set-up with students and faculty on Monday, September 14 to gauge the readiness of colleges for blended learning.
The simulation will be done weeks ahead of the October 5 opening of academic year 2020-2021, with the pandemic forcing PLM and other universities to resort to different modes of instruction.
Trial classes will be scheduled on Microsoft Teams, which will be the University’s main platform for online sessions. The activity will also serve as an orientation and virtual meet and greet for new and returning students for PLM’s “new normal,” and will give the community its first experience of a virtual school day.
The day starts with a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. to be livestreamed on the official PLM Facebook page. University President Emmanuel Leyco will welcome new and returning students while a virtual campus tour will be presented. Students will then be directed to their virtual classrooms on MS Teams, and the links will be sent to students’ Outlook emails.
“I enjoin PLM students to take part in our virtual classroom rehearsal. It will not be perfect, but it is an opportunity for students, faculty, and the administration to identify possible issues and address them before the school year starts,” President Leyco said.
“This is all new to us. There may be a lot of difficulties, but we will manage,” he added.
Students who still do not have access to their official PLM Outlook accounts may reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Select members of PLM faculty and staff took part in the first MS Teams simulation in August, where lecturers and professors were able to take stock of the digital tools they can use in migrating lectures online.
PLM is committed to fulfill its mandate to deliver quality andsocially relevant education to the youth even without face-to-face classes. Protocols for offline or module-based learning is also being finalized to ensure that students with limited access to technology will not be left behind, to be distributed through the City of Manila’s barangay bureau.
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