University of Arizona Offers New Virtual Learning Opportunities
7/16/2020 | By Marella Gimenez
With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing everyone to stay indoors, businesses have adapted by moving a huge bulk of their operations online while their employees worked from their respective homes. Students, on the other hand, had to face the challenge of switching to virtual online classes from their usual classroom setup during the middle of the semester, while educators quickly had to adopt their curriculum to something more virtual-friendly.
A New Learning Curve
Face-to-face classes through zoom calls, digital worksheets, online exams, quizzes, and email school updates have now become the new norm for every student trying to keep up with their academics despite the global crisis. This was also as much of a learning curve for teachers as it was for their students, having to find new ways on how they can effectively implement distance learning while staying on track for the school year. However, online classes aren’t something new, with colleges and universities offering courses that can be pursued online and a small percentage of the student population engaged in homeschooling. With the right resources and support, learning from a distance can be successfully achieved especially with the rise of new technological innovations and various online learning tools that have been made readily available.
Along with the new challenges distance learning poses, KMC has partnered together with the University of Arizona in bringing together a comprehensive set of online college courses that can be pursued right here in the Philippines. The flexible workspace provider is opening its doors to its full portfolio of coworking spaces for Filipinos who want to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate courses that are being offered by the university. This new and extensive online program brings forth new opportunities to the community that allows them to get an international learning experience without having to leave the country, safely seated in one of the Philippines’ most forward-thinking flexible spaces.
The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is widely recognized as one of USA’s top public and student-centric universities, with two independently accredited medical schools. In 2018, UA ranked in the top 25 in terms of research expenditures and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures, according to the nation’s National Science Foundation. It additionally pushes the boundaries for interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S.
The online courses that the University will be offering in the Philippines are as follows:
- BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYTICS
- BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - ELLER COLLEGE
- DIGITAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
- EDUCATION POLICY
- CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR
- ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SECURITY
- INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- STATISTICS GRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM
- REGIONAL COMMERCE
- ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
- MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
- INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- APPLIED SCIENCE: INFORMATICS
- HUMAN SERVICES
- Electrical and Computer Engineering (Bachelors and Masters)
- Industrial Mechanical and Materials Science Engineering (Masters)
- Geographical Information Systems Technology
A Partnership to Jumpstart One’s Learning Journey
Combining this along with KMC’s expansive reach of flexible workspaces, this partnership can provide both the learning experience and conducive studying environment all put into one package. With this collaboration, students need not worry about the distractions or daily problems they have commonly faced when studying at home. Chatter or noise coming from other people who may live with you, a slow internet connection, and an unproductive work environment that is not conducive to learning are all easily handled through KMC and UA’s partnership. Their coworking spaces, which are located in over 24 locations around Metro Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Iloilo, give the perfect backdrop to UA’s virtual classroom and provide students with all the tools they’ll need, like high-speed fiber internet connection and dedicated workstations, for this new educational journey. This grants students the ease of simply dropping in, sitting down, and getting right to work, with various locations to choose from that’s closest to their city.
With access to a world-class education from a well-known American university along with a conducive work environment, KMC and the University of Arizona look forward to lending their spaces and being pivotal to a Filipino’s learning journey, as well as tapping into the local talent pool of the country through this partnership. From this international online classroom setup, this lets in new possibilities to our local community for people from other countries to discover the unknown and up-and-coming talent here in the Philippines.