In response to the challenges in the education system as well as the constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) is moving forward with its Borderfree Education program, highlighted via live stream on the school’s official YouTube channel on August 10, 2020.
Parents, students, Lasallian Partners, and others interested to learn more about DLSL’s offerings joined the webinar. Participants engaged in the platform’s live chat to raise questions and provide feedback.
An Introduction to Borderfree Education and the LMS
De La Salle Lipa’s Learning Management System (LMS) paves the way for Borderfree Education.
Introduced back in 2016, the Borderfree LMS powered by Canvas is designed to help usher in a new era of education for De La Salle Lipa students. With the LMS in place, students can take better control of their learning as their teachers provide important guidance along the way.
The LMS is also designed to foster confidence and collaboration among the students. The students are given more meaningful roles as they take part in Borderfree Education made possible by the LMS. Slowly but surely, the LMS helps DLSL students become more independent learners.
The Webinar Proper
NEXUS Managing Director Jay Jaboneta kicked off the proceedings for the webinar proper by acknowledging the difficulties of the present. He also emphasized the importance of Borderfree Education and how it gives all students an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and collaborate as they continue on their academic journeys.
Borderfree Classroom: Empowered Learning
Following Mr. Jaboneta’s warm and cheerful introductions, Dr. Iezyl Torino, DLSL’s Vice Chancellor for Academics, took centerstage during the webinar. Dr. Torino discussed the school’s learning continuity plan in great detail. She highlighted the Borderfree Classroom powered by Canvas that also comes fully integrated into the school’s 2020-2021 academic calendar.
Dr. Torino also gave viewers a look at the curriculum and pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) for the coming school year for the different levels. The assessment plans were also detailed so that students and teachers will know what to expect over the course of the coming months.
Sample modules were also shown during the presentation.
Borderfree Community: Engaged Student Life
Next to speak during the webinar was Mr. Henson Ola, the school’s Director for Lasallian Assistance Management, Advancement, and Alumni Offices. Mr. Ola gave viewers a clear idea of how the school will approach values formation in the time of distance learning.
For this school year, DLSL students will be given an opportunity to take part in virtual morning prayers, masses, online recollections, and online retreats. Spiritual formation remains a top priority for DLSL even in the age of the coronavirus.
Sports programs will continue to be conducted online as coaches and supervisors assist in the students’ training regimen. Clubs and organizations will also be made available even as school activities go online for the new school year. With the pandemic forcing students to stay at home, a renewed focus has been placed on crafting thematic Catholic school modules that are designed to prepare them for outreach activities in the future.
Guidance and counseling services will be made available to all students who wish to receive them.
Borderfree Campus: Enabled Services
Also speaking during the webinar was Mr. Jose Orlando Lozada, DLSL’s Chief Technology & Shared Services Officer. Mr. Lozada outlined the school’s plan for providing essential services to the students by utilizing the LMS.
Mr. Lozada also detailed the safety protocols that the school will follow if students need to visit the campus. He gave examples of how DLSL shall maintain safety should face-to-face classes resume by presenting the safety and security protocols to be followed in classrooms and laboratories.
Before wrapping up the webinar, a Q&A session was held. The Q&A featured the participation of school officials, parent representatives, and student representatives as well. Mr. Dennis Santos, the Parents and Educators Nourishing and Cooperating in La Salle (PENCIL) President, together with parent representatives Ms. Beth Lee and Ms. Carmen Ramirez, and Karl Tolentino (Student Government President), and Pamela Bendana (Student Coordinating Board President) took part in the open forum.
School year 2020-2021 will be unlike anything before it, but De La Salle Lipa, with its Borderfree Education program, shall be here to provide anytime, anywhere learning and other services to continue the Lasallian Mission.
Watch the webinar here: