Mapúa and its subsidiary Malayan High School of Science, will be implementing Blackboard Collaborate, an online learning management system which is a downloadable video conferencing tool, allowing teachers to communicate with students anytime, even in times of class suspensions.
Mapúa Institute of Technology and its wholly owned subsidiary Malayan High School of Science (MHSS) gear towards the implementation of Blackboard Collaborate, an online collaborative learning solution, to further create an atmosphere conducive to education.
This is in addition to the implementation of a new and improved learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, early last year for all schools and departments, including Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL), another subsidiary of Mapúa.
“We have deployed Blackboard Learn, which is being used by a significant number of faculty members. In fact, we started to produce lectures using basically the facilities of multimedia and visual arts,” explained Mapúa President Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea.
Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate will complement each other to provide students and teachers an easy and effective way to access course materials.
“Blackboard Collaborate allows the faculty members to communicate with students anytime, anywhere—even in times of class suspensions when students cannot physically go to school,” said Mapúa’s Center for Teaching and Learning head Mary Christine Tomas.
Since Blackboard Collaborate is a downloadable video conferencing tool, it paves the way for more convenient classroom discussions. Its features also include recording, making lectures even more accessible to students.
“Engaging in this type of technology helps us to become a more globally competitive school,” Tomas explained. “With Blackboard Collaborate, we can also establish several national and international linkages with different schools and industries without leaving the campus.”
Dr. Vea further explained that the facilities will be used for blended learning.
“We’ve rolled out the things to scale it up. The facilities are already here, and it would probably be used in blended learning for the present faculty as complementary to face-to-face instruction,” he said.
The Institute is set to employ Blackboard Collaborate in April 2016. According to Mapúa’s Chief Information Officer Brian Co, the implementation of Blackboard Collaborate aims to supplement—and not replace—classroom interaction.