/ 9 July 2022

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas will continue to use its Enriched Virtual Mode as a default tool to deliver learning even as face-to-face classes are expected to be implemented next school year.

The Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs said academic units can choose between the EVM hybrid mode or EVM hyflex mode.

EVM hybrid mode requires students to complete the necessary number of in-person sessions or hours to accomplish the intended learning outcomes and competencies of a specific course.

This will be utilized for courses whose outcomes and competencies could not be fully achieved with online learning.

Meanwhile, the EVM hyflex mode will give students an option to participate in either physical or online classes.

“This mode will be for courses or subjects whose outcomes and competencies may be achieved with online learning, and in which F2F classes are only necessary to enrich the learning experience,” the OVRAA said.

It advised academic units to conduct “high stakes” examinations and assessments onsite whenever possible.

The Commission on Higher Education earlier said that a flexible learning setup will be retained for tertiary education.

However, CHED expects an increase in the number of universities conducting face-to-face learning options from August to September.