ALLS Lecture Series, 28 September 2017

The ALLS Lecture Series Thursday
28 September 2017, 3:00 to 4:30
Ateneo de Manila University, F-223

Leveraging an Existing Learning Management  System for Alternative Learning
Mikaela T. Malit

Alternative learning is a practical option for interested learners that have not attended or finished formal basic education. In the Philippines, the Department of Education offers many alternative learning and non-formal programs for every kind of Filipino. While there have been initiatives to integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) in these programs, the use of modern ICT has not been fully realized. This study investigated the effectiveness of introducing an existing learning management system (LMS) as a supplement to the Accreditation and Equivalency Alternative Learning System (ALS) program of the Department of Education. The LMS was intended to aid learning and improve performance by enabling online access to learning materials, delivery of real-time feedback through self-checking interactive quizzes, and self-monitoring of learning progress. A dynamic quiz generation plugin was developed and integrated with Moodle to create interactive quizzes from existing static learning materials. LMS use was monitored in an eight-week implementation in two learning centers where learning gains, LMS usage, usability, access, response, and overall experience were assessed. Evaluation of the LMS yielded favorable ratings in usability, and access and response as an online learning environment. Overall, the student and teacher respondents viewed the LMS as a helpful learning tool and encouraged its use in other learning centers and in the future. Feedback and suggestions were also gathered from the respondents during evaluation which can be used to improve the LMS.

Mikaela T. Malit finished her BS in Management Information Systems at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2016. She has successfully defended her MS in Computer Science thesis recently and is expected to graduate by the end of the year. Her research interests are Applied Computing in Education, Learning Management Systems, and E-learning.

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