Committed to continue delivering quality instruction despite the pandemic, St. Paul University Philippines intensifies its faculty training and workshop activities centered on the use of online teaching modalities. Specifically, teachers from the School of Arts, Sciences, and Teacher Education (SASTE) attended the three-day seminar-workshop on iWeave (Weaving Education at Virtual Environment), a new Learning Management System, held on June 3-5, 2020.
Dr. Giged Battung, the Head of the e-Learning and training facilitator, emphasized that in the age of digitization, education is bound to be challenged the most as there is a transition from the traditional face-to-face classroom to the new normal setting of classes. With such, the new Learning Management System is presented as one mode of flexible learning and a manifestation of SPUPs innovation in response to the demands of remote learning.
Coined from weave which means to form by interlacing strands, the iWEAVE learning management system is a project woven by educators and students. This LMS will be used to facilitate the management, delivery, and evaluation of the university’s e-learning programs for Paulinian college students.
Dr. Battung also presented the four components of learner-centered experiences, namely, technology, pedagogy, implementation strategies, and organizational framework. She emphasized that the interaction of these components is crucial in the so called “new normal” in education. She accentuated with a remark that the new LMS of the university is a one-stop shop for both the teacher and the student; it is an effective tracker of the student’s learning journey.
During the seminar-workshop, Dr. Battung highlighted the different roles played by the members of the academic community during this transition stage as well as during the utilization of the platform. She reiterated that learning strategy processes in online platforms require detoxification or elimination of topics that are not important, vertical Integration or interrelation of similar lessons and instructions, and horizontal integration or the convergence of all similar topics with similar area subjects.
The seminar-workshop was made more engaging, interactive and fun-filled as the participants explored the different features of the LMS – from creating a course, designing activities and assessments, monitoring student progress, to feedbacking and managing badges. The participants experienced to become both the users of the LMS and the course designers. Truly, “if the LMS is managed and utilized properly, it will make learning more fulfilling than the one delivered traditionally in a four-cornered physical classroom, and teachers can easily weave through the new normal”, the participants exclaimed.
The activity culminated with the awarding of certificates and expression of gratitude by the Dean of SASTE, Dr. Pilar Acorda.