The Philippine Star
September 25, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines – Learning and education is one of the aspects of daily life that the global COVID-19 pandemic has clearly had an impact on. This is not only about the basic education of children but also about vocational training and continuing education for adults.
With the various lockdowns that followed, limitations in physical contact and mobility precipitated solutions such as virtual classrooms, digital reference materials, and online teaching methods.
Long before that, however, pioneering Philippine learning solutions provider C&E Publishing already had the foresight to prepare for a new future of instruction and education in the country. In fact, it had already largely pivoted to a digital-based learning ecosystem in recent years.
“As with many other lifestyle changes that have occurred during the pandemic, such as work-from-home arrangements or telecommuting, this was just a matter of time rather than a completely new approach. You could say we’ve had it for a long time,” says John Emyl Eugenio, COO of C&E Adaptive Learning Solutions (C&E ALS).
C&E ALS is the new brand of the 30-year-old company as it officially signifies its commitment to evolving its business with changing times. Its mission is to provide smart, relevant and comprehensive learning solutions that are especially suitable for Filipino learners.
“Even though we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, we are bringing with us lessons that benefit us in the long run, and we are also continuously improving them,” says Eugenio.
How is learning and education changing in the 21st century, and how is C&E ALS responding to this for Filipinos?
Smart, relevant and comprehensive
First, interventions today must be effective without compromising the intended positive impact on learners. This is largely achieved through clever methods based on technology. “As we have seen with online learning today, it makes the best use of students‘ as well as parents’ time. This allows us to improve our quality of life in a rapidly changing world,” says Eugenio .
Smart solutions also mean improved and reliable access to learning and education for all sectors of society. The technology successfully bridges geographic and socioeconomic gaps across the country and makes information available on demand, according to Eugenio.
Second, the learning content must be continuously relevant. This is a challenge given the volume of information available today and the speed with which it is updated. “Today’s learning solutions include systems that classify, organize, store and exchange content. This is especially important in professional fields such as law, medicine, engineering, etc. says Eugenio.
Even basic education in the Philippines faces challenges in terms of sufficient and relevant content. Since moving to K-12 nearly a decade ago, schools continue to struggle with a shortage of reference materials and resources for students as well as teachers and instructors.
Finally, education is best delivered in a holistic learning environment. These include physical tools and equipment that translate theory into practice, from which children in particular learn at a faster and more efficient pace. “Much of modern technology is applied in our practical world through machines and robotics, for example,” Eugenio points out.
“Today’s learning and education go beyond the traditional four walls of the classroom and require a deeper understanding and appreciation of knowledge by applying it in real life,” he adds. .
Adaptive Learning Solutions
C&E ALS has taken on the challenge of improving the learning experience of Filipinos by becoming the only comprehensive learning and research solutions provider in the country. C&E ALS offers a broad portfolio of innovative products and services designed to meet the unique demands of the academic and professional segments of learners.
Under the parent brand C&E ALS, it has developed four sub-brands representing four business areas focused on different types of learning solutions:
C&E Publishing carries the company’s heritage in traditional printed reference materials and textbooks in various basic and higher education subjects and disciplines, made available to the public through its sales arm retail C&E Bookshop.
CE-Logic focuses on e-learning and e-commerce solutions, using information and communication technologies (ICT) to meet the learning and information needs of academic institutions as well as private companies. , medical organizations and government agencies. CE-Logic offers digital tools and authoritative online academic references for the continuing education of professionals such as lawyers, doctors, IT practitioners, etc.
KITE Digital Educational Solutions (KDES) focuses on multimedia products, digital publications and e-learning programs primarily for basic education. With innovative and engaging tools and methods, teachers and educators can enhance the formative learning experience for children in the K-12 system.
MakerCE is a specialist group that helps academic institutions create engaging environments and ecosystems that foster creativity, collaboration, and innovation among learners. This is made possible through hardware solutions that bring to life technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotics, computer programming and many other cutting-edge concepts.
C&E ALS counts among its valued clients some of the most prestigious schools and educational institutions in the Philippines, such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Thomas to name a few. It also works with industry organizations and government agencies such as the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Nurses Association, Department of Education, and Higher Education Commission.
“As we move into the 21st century, C&E ALS serves as the nation’s beacon of modern scholarship. We remain true to our commitment to guide learners as they navigate the world through adaptive learning,” concludes Eugenio.
Visit www.ceals.ph for more information.