Julius Bautista

From the Editor– Pandemic Pedagogy: Teaching Continuity in Times of Global Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis that has caused an unprecedented disruption of the foundational institutions in the public health and economic sectors. Given that 190 countries have mandated the complete or partial closure of schools – a measure that has affected more than 1.7 billion students worldwide (World Bank 2020) – it is important to underscore that the pandemic should also be considered a global educational crisis. Audrey Azouley, the Director-General of UNESCO, has declared that COVID-19 has caused “the most unprecedented disruption in the history of education.“ (UNESCO 2020: iii).   Educational institutions around the world have responded by implementing measures with the intent [...]

Mark Inigo M. Tallara

Enhancing the eLearning “White Space” in a Fully-Online Southeast Asian Studies Course at De La Salle University


Mark Inigo M. Tallara is an assistant professor at De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila and faculty member of the newly established Southeast Asian Studies program at DLSU, Philippines.

The development of ‘white space’ focuses on how different course materials and methods enhance learning experiences. Students should make sense of things and never feel overloaded.

Franz Jan S. Santos

Discerning Truth in a Time of Pandemic: Reflections from a Filipino Jesuit School


Franz Jan S. Santos is an instructor at the History Department, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and a full time faculty for Social Sciences in the senior high school unit of the same university.

To address the need for dialogue, teachers have created opportunities for consultations and conversations by creating webrooms where students “hang out” with them and peers.

Brian U. Doce

The Pandemic and East Asian University Internationalization: The Southern Taiwan-Philippine Experience


Brian U. Doce is a faculty member of De La Salle University’s International Studies Department in the Philippines.

The sudden disruption of international travel by the pandemic impacted the internationalization activities of Philippine universities. This reality led us to reconsider and revisit issues concerning university internationalization practices.

Peter J. Whitfield

Introducing EdTech to the Classroom – A Reflective Piece


Peter J. Whitfield teaches at Tzu Chi School, Jakarta, Indonesia – an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. He teaches over 150 students between the ages of 15 and 18 in two programs.

This piece covers three areas pertaining to online learning; the use of EdTech in the classroom; students’ ability to adapt to new EdTech, and ensuring that students can have a feeling of connectedness with each other.

Ricky Wang

Academic Servant Leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A reflection from Indonesia


Ricky Wang has been at Petra Christian University, Indonesia, since 1998, eventually becoming academic head of the International Business Management Program at the university.

Being forced to lead and teach from a distance was tantamount to teaching-learning and leadership in a crisis. Leadership during a crisis, without being able to meet colleagues directly, is challenging due to the inevitable difficulties of indirect communications.

Sue Chia Ng

Social Considerations-and-Constraints of Online Teaching-and-Learning: A Digital Native’s Reflection


Sue Chia Ng is a polytechnic lecturer from Singapore. She has more than ten years experience with the coaching and facilitating of learning in computer-supported classrooms.

The way forward, interestingly, may require us to return to the question on the purpose of schooling. Perhaps, it is not a straightforward case of technology replacing physical schools after all.

Makibi Nakano & Kumiko Kato

Some Negative Impacts for University Students During Pandemic 2020


Makibi Nakano & Kumiko Kato are both PhD candidates, respectively, at Japan’s Kyoto and Sophia Universities.

Based on our experience of establishing and conducting several conferences online, it was revealed that an online association with online tools is not a panacea. However, it is surely useful in terms of enabling students to communicate with other students spontaneously.

Syanne Helly

Addressing the Challenges in Implementing Online Learning During the Pandemic in Indonesia


Syanne Helly has taught from kindergarten to university level, she currently teaches in a high school in Indonesia where she serves as the International Baccalaureate Coordinator.

There has been no study of Indonesian students’ well-being during the pandemic. They could be experiencing isolation and loneliness with the situation, as well as worries about possible academic underperformance.

Allen J. Kim & Johanna O. Zulueta

Engaging Hearts and Engaging Minds: Teaching Sociology in Japan during the Pandemic


Allen J. Kim are Johanna O. Zulueta are associate professors at International Christian University, and Soka University, Tokyo, Japan.

As sociology professors our formal training prepared us to be academics. Facts, figures, and connecting ideas is the basis of our work. Yet following the pandemic’s first wave, we became aware that students and teachers yearned for connection; connecting people, not just ideas.

Sensei M. Adorador

What Is To Be Done? A Reflection of an Academician from the Below


Sensei M. Adorador is an instructor at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay City, Negros Occidental and University of the Philippines– Visayas.

As a college instructor in Negros Occidental, Philippines, I have witnessed how my students struggle in this new education format. I also saw how socioeconomic status affects their schooling. The vulnerable in this scenario are students belong in the lowest strata of our community.


Nikolay Demerdzhiev

The Impact of the Pandemic on Our Operations Within the Johann Sebastian Bach Music Academy


Nikolay Demerdzhiev is a researcher at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia. He received his M.Mus. in Viola Pedagogy and Viola Performance at the University of Arts, Austria and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Music, Vienna.

Our music school has shown that it is resilient during a crisis and our value in the community is growing. The importance of the music school in the “normal situation” as an institution is often underestimated.

Amelia Joan Liwe

Teaching in Times of Global Disruption


Amelia Joan Liwe teaches Southeast Asian Studies and International Relations for Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia, also coordinator, Indonesian program, Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Although distance education, in theory, can provide quality education to those who live far away from Indonesia’s best educational institutions, participating in such arrangement can be costly or almost impossible due to the lack of internet access.

Charlie Samuya Veric

The Trial of Philippine Studies


Charlie Samuya Veric is a critic, curator, and author of acclaimed poetry collections. He is associate professor of English at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

The future of Philippine Studies is on trial. Never perhaps has the state of the Filipino academy been more endangered since 1946. On the precipice of our arrested independence, before the chaos of the archives and the death toll from the virus, we must hail the New Filipinists whose special hope includes the reclamation of the postcolonial mind.

Yao Hing Wong

Teaching Public Policy Communications at a Singapore University during COVID-19 and Beyond


Yao Hing Wong is an Instructor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, a graduate-level autonomous school within the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.

Might the COVID-19 pandemic become the defining moment that will reshape higher education? Only time will tell, but educators do need to ready themselves.

Chang-Yau Hoon

“Keep Annabelle in the Closet!”: Reflections on Online Teaching during COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam


Chang-Yau Hoon is an associate professor and director of the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe), Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

I do not have any foolproof pedagogy for the disruptive shifts that have taken place during the unprecedented time of the pandemic. While Annabelle does not exist in real life, many students are battling with their own noonday demon (aka, depression) amidst the climate of anxiety and fear.


Ethno-religious politics in Malaysia: Will Malaysia ever escape the ‘political religio-race trap’?

by Rueben Ananthan Santhana Dass in Issue 28

“The first of these is the challenge of establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny. This must be a nation at peace with itself, territorially, and ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full and fair partnership, made up of one ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ (Malaysian race) with political loyalty and dedication to the nation.” Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, The Way Forward (Vision 2020) The above excerpt is taken from a working paper, titled ‘The Way Forward’ by former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad presented in 1991 that outlined Dr. Mahathir’s then vision of making Malaysia a developed [...]

Lukis Alam

Shifting Knowledge Authority from School to Home: Education Anxiety in the Pandemic Era


Lukis Alam is a researcher, lecturer, and public intellectual at the National Institute of Technology, Yogyakarta (ITNY), Indonesia. His interests are Islamic Interdisciplinary Studies, Education, and Cultural Studies.

Technology is only as good as the user’s knowledge of it. Many parents and students do not have enough knowledge of technology to make full use of it, and therein lies the weakness of online learning.

Michael G. Vann

Teaching Pandemic History During a Pandemic Present


Michael G. Vann is an American historian who serves as Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento, USA.

In the past, my history of Southeast Asia students studied the history of racialized colonial power relationships, Sinophobia, and the ways in which long-distance transportation networks and globalization impacted disease. Now they can compare their historical knowledge with today’s crises.

Mohd Sazni Ahmad Salehudin

Compression of Space: Reflection on Teaching During Pandemic Pedagogy


Mohd Sazni Ahmad Salehudin’ is a lecturer at the Faculty of Film Theatre and Animation (FiTA), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia.

When students study online at home, not only their spaces are being overlapped, but also their role. At home, a university student is no longer just a university student. They are required to assume various other roles and responsibilities as a son or daughter, sister or brother, neighbor or role model.

Mukda Pratheepwatanawong

Finding a Balance between Comfort Zone and a “New Normal” Way of Teaching Online


Mukda Pratheepwatanawong, is a researcher at the Mekong Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Comfort zones in the new normal style of online teaching are flexible and might vary from one teacher to another. Their flexibility may depend on the teachers’ digital literacy, their experience in using the online platform, and whether they wish to risk initiating new methods of teaching online. 

Sudebi Thakurata

Assumptions, anticipations, imaginations and impact of Pandemic Pedagogy


Sudebi Thakurata is a Co-Founder of Depicentre Consulting, and a faculty member, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India.

The Musical Manifesto is truly a design-led collaborative reflection and re-imagination of what the world needs during and after the COVID-19 emergency. It’s a set of inquiries, inspirations and understanding that work to improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals, as well as bring cultural regeneration, through exchange of emotions and intuition, interpretation and imagination.