Microprocessor Course in a Virtual Classroom Perspectives from Technology Students in a State University in the Philippines

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Marvin S. Canque, Lloyd Matthew C. Derasin, Joefrey A. Cortez, Francis Val A. Gamboa


The COVID 19 pandemic causes a sudden change in human and organizational activities, especially the academic institution. Yet, it offers an opportunity to re-engineer and restructure the roadmap of education to effectively and efficiently continue to perform the constitutional mandate of delivering quality and accessible education. Thus, a qualitative study of online microprocessor course was conducted to explore and describe the perspectives of technology students on online learning. Seven (7) participants were selected using the data saturation sampling method. The main instrument of the study is the researcher using the interview method. The data were analyzed using the Colaizzi method of analyzing qualitative data. The findings revealed six (6) significant themes, including “Limited Knowledge & Skills on Other Available online platforms/Technology teaching,“available gadgets in online classes,” “Available Internet Connectivity, Unsteadiness and Low speed of Internet connection,” “Lack of human interaction and communication” Experiencing stressful atmosphere,” and “Favorable to Face-to-face learning and Online learning.” Online learning is accompanied by many barriers and challenges that hinder the teaching and learning process. The study recommends that the government and academic institutions establish/build a high-speed internet connection access to the students during online classes. Train and retrain teachers and faculty to different available online platforms to have comprehensive knowledge and skills in using technology in teaching. Lastly, train and retrain teachers and faculty in human relationships to improve handling and dealing with student issues and challenges.

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