It is indispensable to recognize that the online mode of learning tantamount to a classroom-type of learning that certain behaviors is expected when communicating with both instructors and co-participants. Here are the guidelines for online behavior and interaction:
Every participant shall create a Zoom account identifying the participants’ title, complete name and agency he/she is connected to be properly acknowledged.
The Zoom will be used during the course opening on 10 May 2021, and closing of the course (to be announced) except as requested by the administrator (NAPOLCOM Regional Office 1) or the instructors.
A username and password will be provided to you by the administrator. Please be wary that your password is the only thing protecting you from messing about or may lead you to more serious harm. To be secure, please observe the following:
· Don't share your password with anyone;
· Change your password if you think someone else might know it but you have to notify the administrator of any changes on usernames and passwords you made; and
· Always log out when you are done using the system.
When communicating online, it is necessary to always consider that:
· Every instructor’s material should be treated with respect since they are the subject matter experts. In cases where you will have some personal views regarding the modules or topics, just reserve them by yourself;
· Avoid comparing the program to other law enforcement courses;
· It is incumbent upon every participant to treat the instructors and co-participants with professionalism and with respect in any form of communication;
· Always address your professors and co-participants with proper title, either Dr., Atty., Col., Professor, or if with hesitation, address them with Mr. or Ms.;
· Use clear and concise language and shun away from slang terms or abbreviations; and
· When accomplishing the course requirements, particularly for the reaction component of the course, all participants shall refrain from speaking or writing slur languages which might cause outrage among participants;
· All course requirements should be in standard format: a) font to be Arial; b) size of 10 point; c) avoid using caps lock feature as can have a negative interpretation; d) be cautious when using humor or sarcasm as it may be taken seriously or sound offensive; and e) limit or possibly avoid the use of emoticons.
The course is normally conducted for a period of six(6) months, but it will be presented in an enfolded time of three (3) months with corresponding 360 hours. There will be five (5) modules for the program and each module has several topics with corresponding number of training hours. The total number of hours to be accredited starts from the opening of the course (10 May 2021).
The topics will be online for a period of one (1) week – topic/s is/are uploaded online per week. After that period, the tool or system will automatically shut off and topics will not be made available. In this way, a participant should be keen to go through the modules and topics as they are uploaded in the system. Failure to go through means failure to complete the topics and course requirements. A participant who fails to complete the requirements will not be issued certificate of completion.
For the instructors who opt to present their lectures live or via Zoom, a maximum of one (1) hour lecture is allowed. As part of the make-up class, an additional essay examination will be provided to the participants should they fail to attend the live lecture via Zoom.
To gauge the level of understanding and judgment of participants on the subject matter or topic as well as to qualify the participants to scale up to the next modules or topics, a one (1) or two (2) question essay will be administered after each topic. Essay questions will be provided by the course instructors which shall be subjective in nature. The participants will answer the essay questions and express their ideas concisely, which can be in three (3) to four (4) sentences.
For interaction purposes, each participant has the option to provide as many reactions implying agreement to participants and only one (1) alluding disagreement to two (2) separate co-participants. In the entirety of the course, the participant can no longer provide a reaction to the same participant. A participant receiving a reaction from a co-participant is required to provide his/her rebuttal.
Additional requirements in the form of examinations or reaction papers may be provided by the instructors, as may be deemed necessary.
It is important to always note that all outputs shall be treated with respect. All reactions should be stated in a manner that it’s not derogatory in nature and will not infuriate co-participants.
Course Examination and Rating
Aside from the essay or narrative examination, participants will go through a 50-item multiple choice examinations at the end of every month of the online learning. Also, a 100-item multiple choice examinations will be conducted before the culmination of the course as a final examination.
The non-academics component of the course is designed as a personal undertaking by the participant except for the Field Practical which will be undertaken collectively. The non-academics will be conducted at the last part of the course. Further, please be guided on the following:
- Values Restoration Program (VRP): A maximum of one (1) hour live lecture via Zoom will be conducted by the VRP team of the NAPOLCOM Central Office. Guidelines relative to this will be uploaded in the webpage;
- Defensive Tactics: A proof that the participant has attended a practical self-defense will suffice and an e-copy shall be submitted to the administrator. For those participants who cannot show proofs, the administrator is currently collaborating with other possible service providers to achieve this goal. Further updates will be uploaded in the webpage;
- Physical Fitness Training (PFT): A participant can submit an e-copy of his/her latest Annual Medical/Physical Examination (AM/PE) results to satisfy this requirement. To qualify for a participant to the “Strong Man” award or citation, he/she shall undergo a three (3) PFT conducted once a month in selected areas in Region 1. An equivalent rating will be given to those participants taking part in the PFT. Further guidelines will be uploaded in the webpage;
- Markmanship: A gun safety training certificate or a license to own and possess firearm (LTOPF) are acceptable as a requirement to the course. An e-copy of these documents shall likewise be submitted to the administrator. For those participants in Region 1, who have no training certificates or licenses as abovementioned, the administrator will team up with institutions for the conduct of a gun safety seminar. Further details on the implementation of this sub-component will be announced at the webpage;
- Field Practical: This will be undertaken in teams composed of 10 participants. The composition of the team will be pre-identified by the administrator and will be likewise uploaded in the webpage. There will be two possible output required of the team: 1) normal case investigation; and 2) investigation surveillance. Mechanics of this sub-component will be uploaded in the webpage for guidance by the participants. A “Team Commendation” will be awarded to deserving participants/ teams.
For the overall assessment, the grade or rating of a participant will compose of three (3) components: 1) the narrative or essay to include the reactions and rebuttal; b) the non-academics; and c) the multiple choice examinations. For a participant to pass the course, he/she must meet a hurdle rate of 75 percent. An “Order of Merit” shall likewise be awarded to Top 3 participants with exemplary performance.
The class officers shall be composed of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The class officers are duty bound to regulate the interactions and to ensure the participants’ compliances to the course requirements. They shall likewise be in charge of creating their class name.
NAPOLCOM Regional Office 1 personnel will abstain from being class officers and receiving “Order of Merit”.