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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Free online tools offered
to schools, students
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

With a few clicks, schools and students can access the free online tools at the country’s largest online youth platform, Edukasyon.ph.

Precious Heradura, marketing and operations manager of Edukasyon.ph, during the virtual partnership launch with the Association of Technical Institutions of Negros Occidental (Atino) yesterday, said more students are online right now due to being at home, uncertainties about the future, and that they need advice in making decisions.

The website was launched in 2015 and features learning resources for senior high schools, colleges and universities, scholarships, online courses, and internships, among others.

Heradura urged schools in the province to take advantage of the online platform to promote its program under the “new normal”.

In the “new normal”, schools in the country were told to adopt alternative learning methods that include online and offline learning.

Heradura said the website now hosts 700 schools all over the country.

She added that schools, which can sign up to the online platform for free, have to always stay connected with their students online.

She said that when students access the online platform, they usually search for courses and program offerings, admission requirements and procedures, and scholarship opportunities.

It is important to highlight the school’s top and course programs, and create content relevant to its specialties, as well as prepare a checklist of all requirements for applicants, she said.

She also said that schools have to allow students to submit forms and documents online.

She added that schools have to consider offering more scholarships to attract top students. She said more students are looking for scholarships because of the economic recession.

She said that online education is on the rise and she is challenging schools to develop and implement their online learning capabilities.

Ma. Cristina Orbecido, administrator of the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center and Atino president, said the education sector was also affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We tried to think of creative ways on how to cope with this pandemic. This partnership with Edukasyon.ph will help us go forward as we adjust to the new norms,” she said.

She said it is a good platform to promote schools online “to help improve virtual presence and market programs and services.”

Meanwhile, Beverly Insular, director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Negros Occidental, said they will start online classes this month.*

 

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