BS Development Communication (BSDC) students from 19 universities nationwide shared their experiences of remote learning at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Usapang Remote Learning (#URL) webinar-workshop organized and facilitated by the Department of Educational Communication (DEC) of the College of Development Communication (CDC) on October 26. 

#URL is part of an ongoing DEC research titled “Documenting Remote Teaching-Learning Experiences in Development Communication: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices.” 

Participants of the webinar-workshop discussed the challenges they faced undergoing remote learning on development communication, how they were able to respond to these challenges, the support they received from various sources that allowed them to cope and thrive, as well as their recommendations to make DevCom education and training adaptive for BSDC students in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) world.

The workshop began with short talks from Assoc. Prof. Edmund G. Centeno, CDC faculty member and Director of the UPLB Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), and Mr. Elijah Jesse M. Pine, CDC Instructor and former chair of the CDC Academic Field Instruction Committee (AFIC). Centeno talked about The Changing Role of Students in a Blended Classroom, while Pine discussed DevCom Fieldwork in the Now Normal. The two talks were then followed by small group discussions with the participants.Forty-five students participated in the workshop, representing the following colleges and universities: Adventist University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Naga University, Batangas State University, Camarines Norte State College, Central Luzon State University, Isabela State University, Mariano Marcos State University, Pampanga State Agricultural University, Tarlac Agricultural University, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Cebu Eastern College, West Visayas State University, University of Eastern Philippines, Visayas State University, Central Mindanao University, Davao Oriental State University, Davao del Sur State College, University of Southern Mindanao Kabacan Campus, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, and Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University. (Lynette Carpio-Serrano)