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The Cebu Normal University (CNU) Graduate Studies (GS) opens opportunities for more learners across the country and abroad as the classes will be purely conducted online starting this upcoming semester.

CNU will adopt the Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery as its instructional delivery mode in September and the GS will practice online distance learning which can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both.

Synchronous learning makes use of software platforms or video-communication services such as Zoom and Google Meet to conduct ‘real-time’ virtual classes, while asynchronous learning makes use of web services like Google classroom and emails to provide modules and assignments to students and the classes are not real-time.

CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon confirmed that the CNU GS will be opening its doors to students abroad since the classes will be conducted online.

She said that the opening of doors to graduate students abroad is a push factor for the University to level up in the opening of online programs.
“With the acceptance of foreign or pinoy students abroad, this will surely boost our visibility in the global academic arena expanding our services and quality education to address needs of different learners as the goal of flexible learning,” she said.

“It’s high time for CNU to open her doors to foreign students. CNU has proven its track in education and nursing therefore the direction is to expand her excellence to the world,” Director for External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) Naila Beltran said.

“This will put the University in advantage to be globally competitive, to be known for quality education in the country,” she added.

Palompon said that the University already has its learning platform through G Suite and the Center for Innovative Flexible Learning (CIFL) office which takes charge of the technical expertise for online learning.

Palompon said that the online mode was already implemented in GS starting last March 2020 when classes were suspended due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

“Most of the GS students are part-time students since their mainline is their respective work and most of the students are also outside Cebu City,” she said.

“The online learning will address their needs to continue advanced education while on their current location and travel would not be needed,” Palompon added.

She said that online distance learning shall be continued as part of the University’s long-term plan for graduate students.

The online application for GS for the first semester of AY 2020-2021 is ongoing and will end on August 17, 2020. The process and requirements of the application can be found at the official CNU Facebook page of the University and the CNU Graduate School Students’ Organization (GRASSO) Facebook account. (JDF)

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