CHED, US conclude nationwide flexible learning training program

THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the United States Embassy wrapped up the second and final cohort of a nationwide flexible learning training.

A total of 177 faculty administrators and school officials recently completed their training on Flexible Learning Foundations implemented by the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). It is the US Embassy and CHED’s joint response to pandemic-related challenges faced by Philippine higher education.

“We are excited that we have brought our two countries even closer than before—thanks to this project,” said CHED International Affairs Staff Director Atty. Lily Milla. “Philippine education will thrive and excel in the new normal, with…competent and passionate participants of the TIEC training leading the way for flexible education.”

More than 2,000 faculty and school administrators benefited from the program, which covered topics such as humanizing instruction, reducing the transactional distance between teachers and students, designing online training programs, and evaluating program implementation.

“We continue to innovate and find ways to meet mutual goals, even though this pandemic has been uniquely hard for all of us, especially for educators and their students,” said US Embassy Deputy Cultural Attaché Pauline Anderson.

“I was most impressed with the way our trainers conducted the program,” said Mariano Marcos State University Chief of Distance Learning Byron Joseph Hallar. “They practice what they teach. As it is my first time to undergo a training program conducted by Americans, I [admire] their kindness, professionalism and helpfulness.”

The collaboration is part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of US-Philippine diplomatic relations.