university boosts DLSU online learning
Salle pilots Integrated Virtual Learning Environment as a
De La Salle University-Manila
was recently granted license to install and use a National
University of Singapore-developed online learning system called
the Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE). La Salle
is only one of two universities in the country given the license.
IVLE is an online courseware management system designed to
bring students and instructors of the university in a virtual
learning environment. It provides the tools, resources, and
techniques for student-instructor-communication, groups interaction,
and interactive support.
Brother Mike Rapatan, FSC, Center for Educational Multimedia
Director (CREM) director and IVLE project manager, said that
IVLE is part of the University’s scheme to integrate technology
in teaching. Brother Mike brokered the license agreement with
the Centre for Instructional Technology of the National University
of Singapore (NUS).
The IVLE allows teachers to enhance or complement their teaching
by making courses available in cyberspace. Tools available
include a course calendar, discussion forum, distribution
list, lecture plan, chat room, and a frequently asked question-builder.
Teachers can post their lesson plans, give and collect assignements
online, provide links to relevant websites, and take tests
online to test student learning.
Brother Mike pointed out that the IVLE allows teachers to
contextualize lessons for enhanced learning and to recognize
the different learning styles of students.
The IVLE is the fourth module in CREM’s training programs.
Brother Mike revealed that some faculty may already be using
IVLE, following the training in Module 4 of faculty members
from different colleges. So far, CREM has trained the following
faculty members: Fred Cabuang of CLA; Brother Joseph Scheiter,
FSC and Lea Soriano, COS; Nenita Habulan, CED, Rummel Atienza,
COE; and Susan Estanislao, CBE.
The IVLE, according to Brother Mike, provides ample opportunities
for individual, asynchronous, and interactive learning. He
further said negotiations with NUS are ongoing for La Salle
to get access to courses taught in NUS as well as those taught
in other IVLE-licensed universities in the US.
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