Saturday, September 15, 2007

Cheaper and faster bandwidth makes Internet video e-learning possible

The other day, I found out that I'm one of the speakers in the recent Y4iT event to talk about E-Learning. As I'm taking a break in Adelaide, I had to develop a video tutorial within the day that can be played in the said event.

Yesterday, the feedback that I got was positive and felt a great relief. I guess with cheaper and faster bandwidth, it is much easier nowadays to develop online video e-learning programs and disseminate it to anyone interested, regardless of where they are in the world.

Perhaps initiatives such as the Mindanao eLearning Space (MeLS) which was launched last August 26, 2005 would perform better. MeLS is an electronic online learning program for Department of Education's teachers and principals in Region 11, 12 and the Autonomous Region for Moslem Mindanao (ARMM), to improve their competencies in teaching and school management. The program was allocated at least P4 million a year from 2005 until 2008 funded by the Australian Government's Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) with a 10% counterpart funding from the Department of Education. It was jointly developed by DepEd, BEAM and the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Participants were given CD-ROMS and learners guide for the program, and in the e-learning space, assignments, exams, presentations and discussions get disseminated. Visiting
Mindanao eLearning Space does not give indication on how much has been achieved since it started.

1 comment:

The Mindanao Examiner said...

MeLS is really good and practical in many areas in the Philippines. It should be a model or pilot for other schools in Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas.

But the problem now is that the Department of Education is "vigorously" and "surprisingly," "extremely" pursuing the so-called e-Cyber education that will connect all schools in the Philippines to Internet and allocate 20 minutes each day for cyber education!

Gee, what an stupid idea. Many schools do not even have class rooms and chairs and desks and now they are pursuing this e-Cyber know what's at the end of this deal? Billions and billions of pesos!

The Philippine government already lost millions and millions of pesos in the COMELEC deal to computerized the what else is new in this country run by crooks and corrupt officials?

Welcome e-Cyber to the family of ZTE and NBN!

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