Every 20 to 25 years, the IT industry shifts to a new technology platform in order to attain growth and innovation, according to research firm IDC. Today, some organisations are leveraging 3rd platform technologies - which include the cloud, social, mobile and big data analytics- to lead their digital transformation initiatives to scale and improve customer experience.
With this in mind, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde initiated the mobile learning (M-Learning) project last year, which aims to adjust their classrooms to support 3rd platform technologies. The project was conceived by their President Br. Dennis M. Magbanua FSC, said Ricson Singon Que, Senior IT director in the IT Department of Benilde.
Ricson Singon Que, Senior IT director in the IT Department of Benilde
As part of the M-Learning initiatives, Singson Que said the School replaced its multimedia projectors with LED TVs, provided Wi-Fi in each classroom, and introduced HDMI and other new connections for various mobile devices. By doing so, Benildean students are now able to easily source and present information in class, directly from their mobile devices like iPads and smartphones.
The M-Learning project will also benefit the College's newly established Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) - which aims to create a support environment for students that are with disabilities, with special learning needs, or economically disadvantaged- to make collaboration among students and teachers easier. "Through these technologies, we want them to enter a learning space wherein the blind can see, the deaf can hear, the disabled to act, and the hopeless to dream," said Singson Que.
Singson Que explained that the M-Learning project generally aims to make the teaching and learning process more creative and interactive.
As part of the project, Benilde partnered with Globe Telecom to leverage its Brightspace Learning Management System. "The Brightspace learning platform seamlessly connects digital content, learning analytics, mobile and collaboration tools, adaptive learning with an ecosystem of applications, resources, and services," said Globe in a press statement.
Even though Benilde is still trialing Brightspace, the College has already boarded its students and faculties to the new platform. At the start of the project, selected full-time faculty members are provided with mobile devices to prepare them in migrating their content from the old platform. Aside from the facilities and devices, the College strengthened their Education Technology Group to mentor their fellows in the creation and management of content in Brightspace and on this new mobile platform.
The analytics feature of Brightspace also helps increase the productivity and efficiency of the faculty members by allowing them to assess the academic performance of their students. The system will automatically identify students who did not perform well, and recommend relevant academic resources from the College's online library to help them improve.
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