A Paradigm Shift of Learning in Maritime Education amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Gregorio Silao Ochavillo



This paper aimed to determine the maritime students’ readiness to cope with the abrupt paradigm shift from face-to-face to online learning for the first time in maritime education amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It utilized a descriptive-normative approach where incoming 2nd year and 3rd-year maritime students were the respondents. Data gathering was online using a survey questionnaire in Google Forms. Statistical tools used were frequency count, percentage and a 5% margin of error in projecting students’ population throughout the schoolyear 2020-2021.

The study showed a majority or 7 of 10 among maritime students were not ready to cope with the paradigm shift on the basis of not having a computer of their own for school works; no internet connectivity at home; no access to internet shops; and personal wellbeing. Almost 3 of 5 preferred face-to-face learning. Participation was limited with only the maritime students while everybody was under the community lockdowns for safety and health reasons. Internet connectivity of the students also was a limiting factor.

A catch-up framework in maritime education for SY 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 addresses problems relative to the start of SY 2020-2021 by delaying it to January 2021. This will give the maritime students inclusive opportunities to graduate within the prescribed period despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government, school authorities, parents and faculty members also benefit from this framework once adapted.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/ijhe.v9n6p164


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