DE - Distance Education in the Philippines: Problems and...

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Distance Education in the Philippines: Problems and Prospects A Term Paper Presented to Dr. Paolo Niño M. Valdez Department of English and Applied Linguistics De La Salle University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for ENGLRES 2 nd Trimester, SY (2009-2010) By Mendoza, Rainier D. December 17, 2009
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Thesis Statement Distance education could probably be the best alternative to classroom learning in the Philippines since it can save a lot of time, resources, and can increase learning potential. Outline I. Introduction II. Background of Distance Education A. History B. How It Works C. Prospects III. Advantages of Distance Education A. Resources B. Flexibility C. Learning Potentials IV. Disadvantages of Distance Education A. Efficiency B. Indirectness C. Other Common Problems V. Possible Solutions to Problems of Distance Education VI. Conclusion
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Introduction Everyone has the right to have good education. In fact, the interest of people in getting better and higher education has been increasing over time. This situation leads to increasing demands on the part of the educational institutions, especially those belonging to the so-called top schools. As a result, schools cannot anymore accommodate students in their classrooms. Distance education could probably be the best alternative to classroom learning in the Philippines since it entails minimum use of physical resources like classrooms and audio-visual equipment. At the same time, it can save a lot of time without sacrificing the learning potential of the students. In the Philippines, distance education is just beginning to take root. Nonetheless, the directions that it will likely take are pretty clear. Librero (2008) cited that the schools offering distance education are banking on the half a million students who have finished high school but either dropped out or failed to enroll in college each year. Thus, there is a big market for distance education at the tertiary level. On the other hand, the current state of distance education in the country has so much to be desired. Similarly, there is a reluctant acceptance both by the industry and some higher education administrators on the capacity of distance education to become a viable alternative system of delivering quality education services. The current mindset of people in favor of teacher-centered learning environment rather than learner-centered environment could also be a hindrance to the progress of distance education. This research is about the problems and prospects of distance education in the Philippines. The main concept involved here is distance education, which is defined by
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the University of the Philippines Open University as “a system of delivering educational services to the learner whose main feature is the separation of learner and teacher in space and time”. The United States Distance Learning Association defines distance learning as “the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction” (Holden and Westfall, 2005).
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