RelEd Department Braced up for its Evangelizing Mission
The Religious Education Department jumpstarted the academic year 2020-2021 with an innovative shift to virtual classes last August 17, 2020. Prior to the start of the new academic year, the RelEd faculty crafted the Learning Packets to help the learners and teachers navigate the new normal. Learning Packets for kinder to college students were prepared to ensure that the minimum learning competencies are met. True to the department’s mission being “an integral unit of the CBF Division, the Religious Education Department provides formative, evangelizing instruction in the Catholic faith through classes and seminars in Religion and Theology that form students to be intelligent and credible witnesses of Christ and the Church.” Hence, the project of writing the Learning Packets was conceptualized to provide the tools of learning for all religion and theology subjects.
Guided by Fr. Gerardo Ma. De Villa, OSB, CBFO Director, Dr. Rica Ancheta, Head of the Religious Education Department, and the RelEd Program Chairpersons, Mr. Jade Diaz and Mr. Arnold Aviles, the Learning Packets were completed last August 1, 2020.
RelEd Faculty Team Leaders, namely Mr. Patrick Boyoc and Ms. Maritess Medrano, also contributed significantly to the timely completion of the Learning Packets as well as to the peer mentoring and supervision of the RelEd faculty.
The openness and willingness of each faculty to undergo training exemplified their commitment to making learning fun and engaging as they transition to online learning. Review of concepts of the curriculum and retooling via training in Blackboard Learning Management System, Google Meet, Zoom, and video editing also enabled the teachers to prepare for virtual classes.