The Department of Educational Communication (DEC) held a two-day research writeshop on remote teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic at the UPLB Baguio Satellite Station in Pacdal, Baguio City on 8-10 September 2023. 

The writeshop is part of the DEC research project titled Documenting Remote Teaching-Learning Experiences in Development Communication: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices. Led by its project leader Asst. Prof. John Mervin Embate, the project covers two studies on remote Devcom education during the COVID-19 pandemic on the experiences of teachers and students. 

DEC aims to publish two research monographs after the completion of the research project.

During the writeshop, project staff of the first study made revisions on the research manuscript based on external reviews and drafted the initial design and layout of the monograph. Meanwhile, project staff of the second study wrote the research results from their data analysis.

Data for both studies were obtained from two previous DEC-led virtual events. First, DEC and the Association of Development Communication Educators and Practitioners (ADCEP) Philippines, Inc. conducted Remote Learning Conversations in 2021, a virtual forum that aimed to gather Devcom educators from across the Philippines to share their experiences and challenges as educators during the pandemic. Second, DEC organized Usapang Remote Learning (#URL) in 2022, an event that convened Devcom undergraduates from 19 universities to share experiences in remote learning.

This research project is part of DEC’s commitment to contribute to academic literature on distance learning and further intellectualize Educational Communication as a domain of Devcom. 

In June 2023, DEC first launched EDCOM Talks, where the department shared the results of its research titled Towards an Emerging Definition of Educational Communication. At the 2nd International ADCEP Conference held last September 14-16, DEC academic staff also presented the initial findings of their research entitled Reimagining Educational Communication as a Domain of Development Communication: A Synthesis of Working Papers. (Reeve Jairo delos Santos)