The introduction of online distance learning in the Philippines was like the emergence of an uninvited houseguest who refused to leave. This pandemic disrupted the status quo of education, and as a result, institutions resorted to using online distance learning methods. The purpose of this research was to explore the home-based learning experiences of college education students. Phenomenological interviews were used to collect information from 15 participants of the study. Overall, a text analysis was structured around their perspectives on learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and found significant themes related to online distance education like methods and means regarding how college students manage their learning activities; challenges unique to online distance education including issues with technology and internet access, problems creating a conducive learning atmosphere, and a lack of financial resources for acquiring necessary learning resources. Yet, online distance education has positives like lower costs as travel and uniforms are cut; students become adaptable to the circumstances and independent learners; and some can work while learning to support themselves. Students' technological capacity, personal beliefs, and viewpoints to support learning resolve the problems.


Covid-19, online distance education, students' experiences, qualitative approach

Author Bio(s)

Lalin A. Tuguic and Henry P. Bilan are currently full-time faculty in the College of Education of Kalinga State University. Both authors have done extensive study and investigation into numerous facets of education, with the first author having a background in Mathematics Education and Educational Management and the second in Philosophy and Social Studies. A wide range of pedagogical topics has attracted and held our attention. After years of enjoying the experience of learning, we naturally progressed into a career in education. Please direct correspondence to Lalin A. Tuguic at latuguic@ksu.edu.ph and Henry P. Bilan at hpbilan@ksu.edu.ph.


We are immensely grateful to our institution-Kalinga, State University, the respondents, and the reviewers of our study for their comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. although any errors are our own and should not tarnish the reputations of these esteemed persons

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