AMA Education System pioneers 'Blended Learning System' for senior high school students
Editor's note: This is a press release from AMA Education System
MANILA, Philippines – Today, Grade 11 students enrolled in the AMA Education System (AMAES) schools are experiencing 21st century education where they learn two ways: first, through a teacher in the classroom, and second, through eLearning.
This is called "Blended Learning," a mode of instruction used in many parts of the world that is accessible to everyone. Of the 200 AMAES schools worldwide, 121 are offering Senior High programs.
Blended Learning at AMAES as early as the '90s
In the mid-1990s, AMAES introduced in-campus eLearning to the Philippines, which utilizes the Novell computer network operating system. By 1998, AMAES took the lead again by partnering with CISCO, the largest networking company in the world, to deliver Internet-based skills training on computer networking.
Two years later, AMAES further enhanced its eLearning capability by forming invaluable alliances with two of the leading global providers of eLearning content: Smartforce and Intralearn. This allowed the creation of e-classes and enhanced learning through the Internet.
In 2004, AMAES made a bold move by pioneering Blended Learning through the use of satellite technologies in partnership with Mabuhay Satellite. Under this model, highly qualified experts in their respective fields conducted simultaneous classes from a central location to all the over 150 AMAES schools nationwide. This leveled the playing field as it allowed AMAES students from far-flung areas like Cotabato and Laoag to have access to the same experts and learning materials as their Metro Manila classmates.
Education without borders
In 2015, right after the passing of the Philippine Education Law, AMAES pioneered full online degree education programs catering to students not just in the Philippines, but also anywhere in the world. This meant education anytime, anywhere without the need for physical classrooms – just the magic of satellite, the Internet, and handheld devices.
Blended Learning in and out of the classroom
For school year 2016-2017, AMAES Grade 11 students are experiencing Blended Learning in and out of the classroom — 50% with teachers in school and 50% online. For 3 days a week, they study in the classroom. For the remaining two days, they study online on their own at their chosen time, place, and pace. This gives them the opportunity to better understand a subject matter before moving on to the next topic.
AMAES IT-driven education
Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of AMAES, is recognized as the Father of IT education in the Philippines because he paved the way for computer education in the country. From the time he opened the first computer school in 1980, he knew that technology is the wave of the future.
Thus, he stuck to one simple, focused, forward-looking formula for all the different AMAES schools: whatever courses or programs are being offered, they must be IT- or technology-driven with international partnerships to ensure that all AMAES graduates are globally competitive. – Rappler.com
AMA Senior High allows students to take lessons online at their own pace through blended learning system. This gives them the opportunity to better understand each lesson and have more time for other activities. For more information, please visit AMA Education System on Facebook and Twitter.