Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Online Learning Primer
The shift to online learning has been ASMPH’s blue ocean flagship project since June 2019.
One of the flagship projects of ASMPH’s (new) leadership (at that time) is online learning. This is very consistent with the unstoppable global shift of medical education towards the left of the ICAP Pedagogical Framework (Interactive, Constructive, Active, Passive learning framework). The ICAP Framework (of the Association of Medical Educators in Europe), in turn, has shown to be consistent with the decades-old World Health Organization resounding call for “transformative medical education”. At the same time, this teaching method lends itself more openly to Ignatian pedagogy characterized by its flexibility, nimbleness and relevance to the present. In the practical side, the population growth of ASMPH outgrew its physical space provision. While keeping quality education delivery and assessment at par, if not better and updated, flipped class methodologies were introduced and implemented using up-to-date virtual and face-to-face technology on individual faculty initiative basis as early as the school year 2018-2019. This gained significant momentum across year levels the following school year. Encouraging feedback came from both students and faculty alike. Hence, one of the earliest resolutions of the Dean’s Council last June 2019 is the implementation of its 2-year plan of gradual shift from pure face-to-face delivery and assessment of the MD-MBA-PH program into a blended 70-30% or 60-40% face-to-face-online learning teaching-learning method.
Dr. Cenon R. AlfonsoDEANATENEO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
AteneoBlueCloud will brand not only our virtual campus, but also the vibrant online community of learners and educators that we hope to build. It will be distinguished by the essential markers of Jesuit education, which is designed to transform the whole person into someone imbued with the spirit of magis and cura personalis. This means continuing to educate a person who can think critically, collaboratively, and creatively, and, at the same time, serve and lead with competence and character.
Online or onsite, we shall continue to shape Ateneans who are sharp in mind and large of heart, bearing compassion for others, and drawing inspiration from the love of Christ as mediated by the powerful spirituality of Ignatius Loyola.
—From the 7 May 2020 memo of Fr Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ, President, Ateneo de Manila University