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New PACE Board pushes for rehumanizing communication education in the midst of technological dependency

The newly-elected Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) pushes toward rehumanizing communication education amid online learning.

Mark Lester Del Mundo Chico, 13th PACE President, envisions the country’s pioneer organization for communication professionals to be at the forefront in establishing culture of care in the online learning environment. Media and communication faculty will be guided on how to provide clear, practical teaching strategies for online instruction that cultivate an inclusive course climate to support the cognitive and affective differences among students. PACE members will also strengthen their capabilities in designing courses and programs that value and celebrate students’ unique experiences.

This vision will be made possible with the hard work and efforts of the BOT.

Chico, an assistant professor of development communication and director of public relations in the University of the Philippines Los Baños, is succeeding Rowena Capulong Reyes of FEU who steered PACE in organizing strategies that sustained members in the transition to the online setting due to the pandemic.