mVLE featured in webinar
By JOHN VINCENT B. TORIBIO
The Mariano Marcos State University Virtual Learning Environment (mVLE) was featured in a Webinar Series today (May 19) by the Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office in Region 1 (CHEDRO-1).
The Webinar highlighted the University’s newest version of its learning management system, which is a transition from traditional to technology-mediated instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prof. Wilben Christie R. Pagtaconan, the director of the university’s Information Technology Center, presented in the webinar, taking pride of the university’ aggressive actions to address the needs for flexible learning.
“The mVLE 2.0 has really gone a long way now that we are using Moodle 3.8 as the VLE. Having added more functions, we have become more responsive to change with respect to our mandate for education,” he said.
During his presentation, Pagtaconan crystallized that MMSU has started with the use of mVLE since 2013 when it was still on Moodle 1.7.
“Even when COVID-19 was not yet around, the University has already started developing this virtual program to assist in the teaching-learning process,” he added.
With around 1,000 online attendees from all over the country, Prof. Pagtaconan shared mVLE’s implementation framework, its features, and how it has been sustained.
He demonstrated the various functions of the mVLE like uploading of class resources (handouts, PowerPoint materials, and audio-visual presentations), administering examinations, and creating assignments, among others.
He also shared that, like MMSU, HEIs must first assess the existing infrastructure and the current skills of employees to set up a virtual learning environment for teaching.
“We have to consider the needs in creating our VLEs, which includes the evaluation of technical limitations,” Pagtaconan stressed. He also assured the participants that the mVLE abides by the Data Privacy Act of the country.
MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis congratulated Pagtaconan and his team for taking charge of the implementation, development and employment of the MMSU’s virtual platform and facilities, and thanked all the participants who showed appreciation and commendation to the University’s advancements.
Currently, faculty and students access their mVLE accounts for teaching and learning purposes. It is one among the other online platforms that teachers employ in their classes.
Moreover, the University provides free wi-fi access to its students and employees.
The mVLE presentation in the webinar has reached 10,000 views, more than 1,000 likes and around 200 shares already. (StratCom)