Quipper to support schools’ transition to ‘next normal’

As the country transitions into opening up the economy and schools, Quipper, a Japanese education technology (edtech) company, is taking  the  lead  to  help  educational  institutions,  along  with  the  students  and  their parents, navigate these changes.

The Philippines’ education sector has seen significant shifts over the last two years. The COVID-19  outbreak  forced  educators  and  over   27  million  students  to shift to several alternative learning modalities, such as remote and blended learning modalities, to cope with  the  situation.  This  reality  amplified  the  importance  of  using  technology  to  allow remote learning.

As  the  country  prepares  for the next normal, educational institutions are recalibrating their teaching models. In the next academic year, the Department of Education (DepEd) encourages schools to have in-person class schedules in their blended learning setups. This means there are days for face-to-face classes and separate days for home-based learning.The  agency  also  emphasized  the  need  to  continue  utilizing  and  improving digital learning to catch up with the global trend.

The role of technology in post-pandemic education

Some institutions have now started to embrace the HyFlex model, a term coined from the words “hybrid” and “flexible.” Hybrid learning combines various teaching modalities, such  as  return-to-classroom  setups,  online  learning,  modular  distance  learning,  and TV/Radio/online  based  Instruction,  among  others.  All students in a hybrid course are expected to undergo the same combination of online or distance learning and in-person activities.

On the other hand, HyFlex’s “flexible” aspect refers to the flexibility given to students as they can choose how they participate in the course and engage with the material in the mode or platform best suited to them.

“Nowadays, educational institutions need to provide their students with more engaged learning  experiences  while  ensuring  their  well-being  and  meaningful  connections.  All these elements are critical for a successful learning experience now and in the future. Leveraging the right technology and platform can help educators transition to all types of setups for learning,” said Yusuke Takagi, CEO of Quipper Philippines.

Helping bridge the gap

To help bridge the gap from traditional learning to the HyFlex model, which is crucial to providing the best learning experience for students post-pandemic, Quipper has been providing  a  user-friendly  learning  management  system  with  extensive  content.  The edtech  company  also  helps  educators  implement  hybrid  learning  setups  to  provide students with holistic and flexible learning experiences.

“Quipper  combines  user-friendly  technology  with  relevant  and  engaging  content  to create  meaningful  teaching  and  learning  experiences.  We  also  work  closely  with schools, educators, and even students nationwide to ensure that the solutions we offer suit their specific needs, context, and goals,” adds Takagi. “When the pandemic started, we made sure that we could help our partner schools to implement and transition to the new remote learning dynamics. Our e-learning solutions provide teachers with teaching guides, editable presentation slides, and other resources to support their daily lessons. We  also  provide  downloadable study guides for students as alternatives to textbooks and video lessons.”

Bearing  in  mind  the  current  and  future  challenges  that  educators,  students,  and teachers face, Quipper’s LMS platform provides features that cater to various e-learning needs.  Through  the  platform,  educators  can  manage  multiple  classes  through  the customized  dashboard,  send  and  schedule  assignments,  and  assess  their  students’ performances.  It  also  has a content management tool for creating and publishing the teacher’s own materials and a new Essay app for improving their student’s writing tasks.

Meanwhile, students can access their Quipper accounts through the browser or via an Android or iOs apps to make it easier to continue learning anytime, anywhere through their mobile phones, even without an internet connection. On the other hand, parents can supervise and assist their child’s learning progress by monitoring their activities and deadlines through Quipper’s Parent Portal.

Quipper  also  ensures  that  it  provides support services, encompassing regular school visits, online support, and platform training for its clients. Quipper also goes the extra mile  by  delivering  monthly  usage reports to discuss and maximize the platform’s use and pedagogical webinars for educators.

Currently, Quipper has three solution offerings. Aside from the basic Quipper LMS with Parent  Portal  and  Service  Support features, the edtech company also offers Quipper School   Premium,   which   enables   students   to   access   lectures,  assessments,  and downloadable  study  guides  in  pdf  files  anytime.  They  can  repeat  lessons  until  they master  them.  Lastly,  there  is  the  Quipper  Video,  which  has  all  these  features  plus access to Video Lessons. These are five to ten-minute videos that provide an overview of the topics for learners who want a quicker, summarized version of content.

Delivering current, exciting content

In addition, with the changing needs of teachers and students, Quipper ensures that it constantly provides fresh and timely teaching and learning materials for its users.

Starting this June, Quipper announced the addition of a new content offering with its K to  3 Content Package, which includes topics for Math, English, Science, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan for Kinder, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3.

Another   new   content   offering   for   this   school   year   includes   Senior  High  School Specialized Subjects for ABM Strand, composed of 8 subjects such as Business Math and  Principles  of  Marketing.  Lastly,  Quipper’s  ready-made  content  for  Grades  4-10

MEFSA  subjects  (Math,  English,  Filipino,  Science,  Araling  Panlipunan)  and  Grades 11-12 Core Subjects now has an improved version aligned with DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC).

The  Q1  topics  and  materials  for  all  the  subjects  from  the  above-mentioned  content offerings  are  now  available  on  Q-Link  for  schools  with  Quipper  School  Premium subscriptions. Q-Link, or Quipper Link, is the main portal for teachers that enables them to assign activities to their classes for the students to access on their devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and easily track their progress online. More subjects and the rest  of  the  Q2-Q4  topics  will  be  released  in  the  coming  months,  according  to  the schedule indicated in the curriculum maps per course/subject.

To date, Quipper has an array of content, including over 40,624 videos and more than 2 million  assignments.  It  has  served  316,239  teachers  and  over  five  million  students globally.

To      learn      more      about      Quipper      Philippines,      visit      its      website      at https://www.quipper.com/ph/.

About Quipper

Quipper Philippines is a leading global education technology company with a mission to bring the best education to every corner of the world. Quipper aims to provide, improve and distribute quality education, through technology, to create a world where every child is given equal opportunity to learn and gain knowledge.

Quipper services, which include Live Class help students and teachers move beyond the boundaries of education. Currently, Quipper has 316,239 teachers and reaches 5,000,000 students worldwide. It has more than 5,982 video content and 69,572 quiz questions.

Quipper has more than 600 employees around the globe and operates in six countries: Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.