In response to the pandemic when face to face classes cannot be conducted, HEI’s implemented flexible learning as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing learning engagements among students. This study primarily aims to determine the flexible learning modes utilized by the faculty members teaching Physical Education subjects. The study will also determine the perceived extent of utilization towards the flexible learning modes utilized by the faculty members as perceived by the students of Physical Education and the problems and challenges encountered in the implementation of Flexible Learning at Pangasinan State University during the COVID 19 pandemic. A checklist and a questionnaire were utilized to gather the responses of the respondents of the study who were the faculty members teaching Physical Education subjects during the Covid 19 pandemic and their students. The study utilized the descriptive method of research utilizing survey and a five point Like-rt scale in determining the perceived extent of utilization towards the flexible learning modes utilized by the faculty members in teaching Physical Education subjects. Frequency counts and average weighted mean are utilized to determine the perceived extent of utilization of the students. Ranking is utilized to determine the problems and challenges encountered in the implementation of Flexible Learning. The study revealed that a greater majority of the faculty members who taught Physical Education subjects utilized online learning via Microsoft Teams, followed by using Google meet, Zoom and messenger group chat. The faculty members also utilized video recorded discussions and printed modules as part of the blended hybrid modes of instruction. The study revealed that the students perceived high extent of utilization along delivery of the lesson and assessment and evaluation. Both the faculty members and the students identified poor internet access as the most challenging problem in the implementation of flexible learning system along with limited availability of gadgets, limited competency of the faculty members in the use of ICT resources and the lack of availability of online resources to facilitate flexible learning. This study could give the HEI’s feedback on making flexible learning more appropriate and responsive to the changing needs of the students. Innovative instructional materials in different modes can be developed to facilitate the teaching of Physical Education when face to face instruction might not be possible. Distance education whether offline or online can provide possible solutions when the identified challenges can be solved. Further study on the effectiveness of flexible learning in other areas of specialization in other parts of the country may provide a better perspective on the applicability of flexible learning in the academe.
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