Mapúa set to launch Blackboard Learn

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Mapúa Institute of Technology will soon launch Blackboard Learn, a new learning management system (LMS) for all its schools and departments, including the Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) and the Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL).

Blackboard Learn is a tool that provides students and teachers an easy and effective way to access course materials. It gives the capability for asynchronous online collaboration and course delivery, advanced roles and rights management, including the capability to create customized communities of users, library integration, and a centralized content repository with granular control over content objects.

The new technology will also give way to the standardization of LMS across all programs and departments of the Institute and its subsidiaries.

“Currently, we are using several free LMS such as Moodle, Canvas, and the like, and we cannot maximize them according to what we need in terms of reports needed by the different schools or programs,” Center for Teaching and Learning head Mary Christine A. Tomas said.

She added that Blackboard differs because unlike free LMS, students and faculty members can tailor their Blackboard page according to their classroom needs. Also, Blackboard Learn provides faculty members access to their students’ progress.

It also includes a tool that allows teachers and professors to detect plagiarism, distribute class reading, and conduct online conferences for distance learning.

According to Tomas, students and faculty will be given their own usernames and initial passwords to access Blackboard Learn.

Last March 17, the Center for Teaching and Learning, in cooperation with the Faculty Development Office, conducted an advanced training for program coordinators who will serve as Blackboard coordinators.

A basic training was also given to faculty members last month, according to Tomas.