Borderless, Transformative Education in the Ateneo de Davao University

At the Ateneo de Davao University, learners can interact directly with learning content found in multiple virtual formats (e.g. audio-visual, auditory, and other e-learning materials). Students can sequence, direct, and navigate their own learning pace. Teachers are there to facilitate, evaluate and mentor the process, but ultimately, the online format is more learner-centric.

Our Ateneo Virtual Learning Community

Ateneo de Davao University seeks to preserve its culture as a community that learns together and evolves as one. Hence, despite the limitations to the traditional modes of instruction and schooling, the University aspires to be progressive as a virtual learning community.

Since the University has become increasingly more active in online learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Moodle, opportunities for dialogue and collaboration among learners have become more dynamic. This means that students and teachers from all academic levels have increased chances of being in touch through forums and other social mediums online. This opens up opportunities for sharing information and discussing topics from a wider range of perspectives as intellectuals and people of the academe.

A virtual learning community has been described as a computer-supported knowledge-building community. This is something that we aspire towards. To become a community that builds on each other’s learning experiences and enriches the conversation from multiple perspectives shared amongst equals. The goal is that as we pursue online education, we can still foster a sense of humanity in how we interact and learn from each other. We intend to become a community that inspires a sense of belonging in our conversations, debates, and continued pakighinabi, despite the new medium of interaction online.

This type of culture has been present in Ateneo de Davao even before the pandemic. The challenge is how to manage a transition towards online education while still upholding our principles as a community that learns together. The new learning process unfolds in what seems to be an unfamiliar threshold for formal education. Fostering a virtual learning community as we go along promises to help us maintain our principles of transformative and quality education in the University.