Posted: September 18, 2015
The Philippine Women’s University, a pioneer in Distance Education since 1996, advances to a new level with its adoption of a new Learning Management System (LMS) that will provide e-learning support to its students. PWU, has been using a homegrown LMS called VLES since the 1990s, initially only for its Distance Education program and later for its tertiary students. PWU President Dr. Francisco B. Benitez mandated the search for a new LMS in 2013 as part of the university’s development thrust and to acknowledge the globalized nature of teaching. PWU reviewed and tested several LMS platforms for two years before finally selecting a new LMS provider: Blackboard.
“Moodlerooms: Iba Ito” introduced the new learning experience to PWU on September 15, 2015. PWU faculty and guests from other higher educational institutions heard about the current and soon-to-come features of Blackboard’s platforms including Moodlerooms (for on-line teaching) and Blackboard Collaborate (for virtual conferencing capability). Participants also witnessed the official signing of the memorandum of agreement by Philip Murray, Blackboard’s Vice President for Asia and Regina S. Filart, PWU’s SVP/Operations, making PWU the first higher educational institution in the Philippines to use Moodlerooms/Blackboard Collaborate.
Visiting experts spoke about the changes in education brought about by new technology and asked the participants if they were ready to change. Ms. Foong Yee Leong discussed Moodlerooms’ metrics and X-ray analytics features. Mr. Nick Branwell came from Japan to talk about Blackboard’s functionality during typhoon season. Dr. Susan D’Aloia spoke about Flipped Classrooms and Adoption of new ways of delivering learning. PWU Media Center Director Lydia Brown described the university’s search for a new LMS and Mrs. Regina Filart gave the Welcome Address while Dr. Felina Young, PWU’s SVP/Academic Affairs delivered the Closing on behalf of PWU. Dean Olivia Villafuerte emceed the event including a lively Q & A between the participants representing a wide range of institutions and fields. The event was sponsored by SMART and the day ended with a Raffle featuring prizes donated by Beenet and Microsmith, Philippine distributors of Blackboard and Moodlerooms.