In response to the challenges posed by coronavirus, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde offers a fully online learning option to students who wish to complete their degrees without delay or graduate earlier.
An alternative means of learning, the Benilde Online Learning Term (BOLT) offers over 200 carefully selected courses, to be conducted by content experts/faculty members with a high level of proficiency in online teaching.
Online classes will be coursed through BigSky, Benilde’s official learning management system, which presents the tools and materials for lessons.
Professors may likewise utilize platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook, and Skype to facilitate meetings, while sites such as Google Drive or YouTube may be used for file sharing.
Requirements for online courses are parallel to the course syllabus, while class participation will be based on the student’s activity in online discussions.
The online courses will only have two to four synchronous meetings. Majority of the sessions can be carried out offline, without seeing the faculty mentor and classmates in real time. This set-up allows the students to manage their own study hours.
Since BOLT is purely voluntary, all its course offerings will be available again on the next term. There will be no Dean’s Listers, in consideration of those unable to enroll to the online classes.
In addition to ensuring the continuous learning in the safety of their homes, the online learning option provides an opportunity for those who wish to pursue their education with a minimal cost compared to the face-to-face regular term. It allows students to save on allowances and fares, considering the time intended for travels to and from campus.
In assistance to hard times, the college offers 12 percent discount on tuition, 66 percent less on miscellaneous fees, and 100 percent waived laboratory fees.
The tuition may be paid in cash or by installment, 50 percent before July 1 and the other half on or before August 20.
Enrollment period is until May 30.
BOLT will open on July 1 and will run until August 26. All courses will be delivered and completed within a period of eight weeks, with the final week allotted for completion of course requirements and administration of final exams.
Graduating scholars will receive the usual support from the college’s Student Grant Office.
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