KNowledge and OnLine LEarning Resource

MIRIAM COLLEGE ONLINE CAMPUS


Message from the President

On behalf of the faculty and administrators of Miriam College, I wish to welcome you all to Academic Year 2022-2023. For most of you it will be a return to familiar settings—the virtual one that we call KNOLLER and the physical green environment at Loyola Heights. To the newcomers, we hope that you will feel right at home with KNOLLER as you settle in your new physical campus.

Amb. Laura Quiambao-Del Rosario, M.A., M.Ed.
Miriam College President

This year’s KNOLLER will not just be your portal to all your online academic work, but it will also help you navigate hyflex learning. It has enhanced features to assist you in all your class work, to address all your needs related to your wellness needs and spiritual needs, to help you deepen your knowledge about advocacies under the core values of the institution, as well as to make you aware of community interactions and opportunities for outreach programs, and other features that MC thinks will help you grow into more confident, competent, and principled students committed to service and nation-building.

With our sincere welcome to you all are our prayers for a meaningful and safe school year. May the Lord’s guidance and comforting presence accompany us all in our year-long journey.



What is KNOLLER?

KNowledge and OnLine LEarning Resource or KNOLLER is a learning portal where students can access the following activities and resources:

Academic lectures & demonstrations

Assessments

Online library subscriptions

Guidance & counselling

Peer support & interaction

Online academic consultations

Leadership development, advocacy building, spiritual growth, & student wellness activities


For the Higher Education Unit, resources will also include the following:

International opportunities, partnerships & linkages

Career opportunities

Advocacy programs & opportunities

Research & community engagement



KNOLLER-FLEX

Our hybrid-flexible learning program for SY 2022-2023 that simultaneously accommodates students in-person and online.

BEU KNOLLER_FLEX Primer SY 2022-2023.pdf

KNOLLER-FLEX is a learning program where students can learn through multiple learning modes: synchronously in-person and online as well as online-asynchronous.

While going to school for in-person study may be important, KNOLLER-FLEX allows students to attend classes online, especially when their individual contexts prevent them to go in-person like when students do not have available transport or they have health concerns.



Overview of the Academic Program

Online Campus

The current goal of MC is to provide a learning space and mode of delivery for students to continue their education, in the form of an online campus. It acknowledges that its students are currently located in various learning contexts; hence, the program offerings have been redesigned with versatility and flexibility as the main features of its content and mode of delivery.

Flexible Learning

The focus is to engage students in a flexible learning which is a combination of online asynchronous and synchronous learning activities and when necessary, offline modalities that aim to achieve priority curricular goals per academic level. In this manner, students from pre-school to graduate school will have access to continued education with greatest versatility for independent or collaborative learning and interaction.

Campus Wellness

MC shall continue to ensure that all members of the community are provided a safe and comfortable teaching-learning environment where activities are balanced for holistic development.

In the event of a long-term implementation of online learning, the school shall strengthen its structures to support the welfare, well-being, and needs of community members while maximizing technology and online platforms most especially in addressing mental and emotional health. Regular and periodic checks of both the social and IT infrastructure shall also be conducted.

Relevant Curriculum

Prioritization of content: The school curriculum will prioritize significant topics (knowledge and skills) in the learning plans without sacrificing learning objectives.

Learner-centered: Miriam College views the learner at the center of the educational process. The school understands that learners come from different contexts and their differences and disparities determine their varying capacities to adapt to learning. Validation of outcomes from multiple scientific inquiries will ensure sound decisions and recommendations.

Multi-disciplinarity, inter-disciplinarity, and multi-dimensionality: The Curriculum will connect or merge segmented or separate programs and activities, rather than offering them individually. The school must ensure the relevance of the teaching-learning experience.

Value-laden: The programs will remain to be infused with Christian values aimed at forming leaders in service who combine competence and compassion. Academic concepts must be translated into real-life problems and solutions, and have strong integration with values formation. Doing so will not only create more meaning but also promote adaptability and yield greater sustainability in the long run.

Socio-emotional and essential skills: Whenever applicable, teachers should focus on building students’ essential skills (i.e., communication, leadership, problem-solving), emphasizing how one’s actions have effects on others. The earlier these concepts are understood by and ingrained in students, the more equipped they will be to adapt to this new normal.

Conduct and Etiquette

All members of the community shall continue to conduct themselves with appropriate and professional demeanor on all online platforms. This includes appearance and clothing, language and tone, non-verbal communication such as gestures and eye-contact, and the use of official / appropriate email addresses and handles.



Message from the Vice-President for Academic Affairs


Dear KNOLLERS,

Welcome to SY 2022-2023!

It’s an exciting new school year as we are transitioning to yet another learning modality-the HyFlex!

The HyFlex or Hybrid-Flexible technology is a modality where learning is delivered in person and online simultaneously by the same faculty member.

We spent the past months preparing for the new learning model, which at MC we call KNOLLER-Flex.

For one, Miriam College has conducted pilot classes to allow selected faculty and students to practice the HyFlex modality. Faculty members also went through training sessions designed to familiarize them with the HyFlex learning set-up, which included designing lessons and assessments suitable to the HyFlex mode. We also conducted demonstrations, practice, and troubleshooting sessions as technical issues may arise when delivering classes using technology. We had no other than Dr. Brian Beatty of the San Franciso State University, pioneer of the HyFlex course design model, train our faculty in designing HyFlex classes!

We also organized a webinar to help our faculty prepare our students and themselves psychologically and emotionally for HyFlex and in-person classes.

The academic units have conducted Town Hall Meetings (THMs) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to prepare our parents and students for the transition.

MC also released the Manual of Operations for the Face-to-Face Classes prepared by the Preparatory Committee for Limited face-to-Face Classes to inform stakeholders of the protocols for safe operations as MC re-opens its face-to-face classes on a limited scale. The Manual is on the website and KNOLLER Portal.

Indeed, Miriam College spared no effort to ensure that the shift to the new learning modality will be well-ordered.

May the new SY give you many opportunities to learn new things. Have the best school year ever!

Jasmin Nario-Galace, Ph.D.
Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Chair, Working Group on Learning Continuity