Shaping from the impression of the “New Normal” paradigm, DepEd’s Learning Continues Plan and DLSU-D’s Teaching-Learning Vision, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas adapts to the challenge of the times with its ANIMO Strategy.
ANIMO, an acronym that stands for AlternNative Instruction with Mastery Class Options represents both the Lasallian spirit and DLSU-D’s innovative, flexible, and collaborative learning package.
ANIMO combines the well-established blended learning modality of DLSU-D High School with the online class primarily allotted for the teacher-student interactions (Alternative Instruction) and the mastery class options which “humanize” the students’ virtual learning experience through a support mechanism that goes beyond academic requirements.
“Blended learning has been integrated into the SHS DNA since it was established in 2016. We realized that we need to humanize online learning and put learner accompaniment as an integral part of ANIMO. It's like a standard online class but there are the individual concern and guidance of the teacher and the school to each learner,” DLSU-D High School Vice Principal Marlon Pareja said.
He added that the ANIMO program is still the same Lasallian education experience of providing excellence with a human and Christian educational perspective.
“We're just doing it more creatively and with innovations,” he added.
For the part of the parents, DLSU-D JHS PTA President Atty. Thelma Mariano-Villahermosa also shared the parents’ thoughts on the use of the platform.
“Objectively, I feel confident that if implemented as designed, it is certainly as accurate and as effective as onsite schooling. Thinking aloud, this is doing Schoology/Schoolbook which did well for students but on an extended period when on-site learning is not yet available,” she said.
She also thanked the administration of DLSU-D High School headed by Dr. Mario Torres for providing students with the best options. She aired confidence that the platform will be implemented effectively.
Salient Points of the ANIMO Strategy
The ANIMO Strategy boasts of Flexible Learning Modalities where all students with stable and limited (data only) internet accessibility, are accommodated using home-based (online and printed modules) and in-campus approaches.
The Modular Course Design facilitates a more stress-free and focused learning environment which adheres to the course hours requirement of DepEd for High School students.
The modular course design divides the subjects for the semester into two sets, the first being completed during the first half of the semester, while the latter being completed during the second half.
Mastery Class Options aim to provide individual or group-based learning activities to help students achieve a high level of understanding of the lessons and themselves amidst various learning environments, such as virtual campus, residential/home, physical campus.
Offered under a more relaxed and casual condition, mastery classes are services that students may avail of outside their class schedule or during their free time. Scores obtained by participating students shall be recorded as bonus points.
The ANIMO strategy promotes Collaboration which is collectively defined by the specific role assigned for each school stakeholder. School administrators, teachers, students, and parents all have a role to play in ensuring a successful learning process.
Learners can benefit from the extensive support services from the University’s Learning Resource Center, IT support for technical concerns, student wellness, and online homeroom meetings to discuss student concerns and other announcements.
A systematic Feedback System is also in place to accommodate concerns from students and parents.