Start of Classes and launching of Learning Management System…

Classes for School Year 2020-2021 were officially opened on August 24, 2020.

Midway Colleges held its classes online in compliance to the Commission on Higher Education’ CHED COVID ADVISORY No. 7, ‘Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Mitigation of the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)’.

In response to the changes and challenges brought by the pandemic COVID-19, Midway Colleges has crafted the Learning Continuity Plan which has the three-phase learning such as Remote Flexible Learning, Blended Learning, Enhance Residential Learning.

Through Microsoft 365, the Learning Management System (LMS) was launched as the institution began to open classes online.

Students were given institutional emails as access to their accounts. Through Microsoft 365, students can easily attend their classes, study their lessons, connect with their teachers and classmates, and be updated with the important updates of the school.

They were guided accordingly on how to effectively use and maximize the Office applications. Midway Colleges also supplied a way for students to raise their concerns whenever they need help through the virtual Help Desk.

Faculty Training on Learning Continuity in Response to COVID-19

The Academic Department of Midway Colleges spearheaded by Richard L. Oandasan, PhD headed the “Faculty Training on Learning Continuity” on August 10, 2020 at the Academic Building.

The training was designed to capacitate the participants for effective and efficient implementation of the remote learning for school year 2020-2021.

The participants consisted of teachers and program heads from the departments of Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, College of Business, Senior High School, and Institute of Training Skills and Development.

The CEO of Midway Colleges, Mr. Sabino Czar Cloma Manglicmot II, graced the opening program of the training. He welcomed the teachers and discussed the vision and mission of the school.

He gave highlights on the following:

· Driven community starts with being personally driven

· Importance of Midway core values

· Navigating the next normal for the opening of school year

· Learning new ways and unlearning old ways to adapt changes

· Operational viability

He said “While other higher education institutions promise quality education, Midway Colleges provide transformative education. We help transform the lives of Filipino youth. We cater to low income families especially the children of farmers to help them reach their dreams.”

The following are the training aims:

· Orient the faculty on Midway LCP

· Re-design the syllabi into learning packs

· Familiarize the faculty with the Midway’s official Learning Management System

Workshop on re-calibration of syllabi were done as part of the main activities in preparation for remote learning of the students.

Thorough training on Microsoft Office applications via Microsoft 365 were also facilitated by Audentes Technologies to cater the needs of the teachers as they prepare for the opening of classes.