Bicol University R&D Journal

Official Refereed Journal of Bicol University

4500 Legazpi City,Philippines

Print ISSN: 0016-4139       Online ISSN: 2719-082X

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Vol 26, Issue 1
August 2023

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Academic Challenges of Full Professors in Bicol University at the Time of Pandemic

Publisher: Bicol University

T his study investigates the multifaceted academic challenges faced by full professors at Bicol University during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on their readiness for online teaching, the encountered obstacles, and the strategies employed to surmount these challenges. Using total enumeration, study selected respondents which full professors of Bicol University. Study employed a standardized tool, the Faculty Readiness for Online Crisis Teaching Scale during the COVID-19 Pandemic, complemented by semi-structured interviews. Quantitative analysis included frequency, percentage, and weighted mean calculations, while qualitative data analysis (QDA) was utilized for in-depth interview data. Respondents provided informed consent. Study was conducted between March 2021 and May 2021. Results of this study showcase a nuanced landscape. Majority of respondents (69.05%) procured their own laptops, while 28.6% received institution-provided laptops. In terms of connectivity, 57.10% enjoyed strong and stable internet access, while 42.90% grappled with intermittent to poor connectivity. Similarly, 90.50% benefited from uninterrupted electricity, with 9.52% facing intermittent to poor power supply. In evaluating readiness for online teaching, findings yielded a composite mean of 4.24, signifying preparedness The academic challenges reported encompassed a range of issues including technology constraints, environmental hindrances, faculty-student interactions, content-delivery concerns, and logistical difficulties. To overcome these challenges, full professors adopted diverse coping strategies, such as self-paced learning of new applications, optimizing teaching environments, seeking peer advice on faculty-student interactions, embracing trial-and-error methods to enhance teaching efficacy, and requesting support to streamline research and extension activities. In conclusion, despite the academic challenges posed by the pandemic, full professors at Bicol University demonstrated resilience and adaptability in transitioning to online teaching. Their collective optimism and willingness to further refine their teaching strategies underscore a commitment to continuous improvement. This study sheds light on the importance of ongoing institutional support and professional development to empower educators in navigating the evolving landscape of higher education.

Melinda D. De Guzman

Online Teaching
Self-Paced Learning
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Hybrid Modality

April 24, 2024

CHED-JIP Recognized Journal as per CMO NO. 50, s. 2018.

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Higher Education Regional Research Center, Bicol University East Campus, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

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