Dr. Dave E. Marcial

Dr. Dave E. Marcial

Associate Professor, College of Computer Studies, Silliman University

http://su.edu.ph/1028-dr-dave-e-marcial/

Associate Professor DAVE MARCIAL held various positions in many professional organizations in the Philippines like PICAB, PSITE, PeLS, ICT-Dgte, ICT4TEd. He is a technical committee member for IT Education of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, and a former Executive-Director of the Asian University Digital Resource Network. Among his research interests is e-learning where he has been the recipient of some research grants. A United Board Fellow, and Dean of the College of Computer Studies, Silliman University. 

Abstract

In an attempt to achieve innovative teaching and learning in provinces where the Internet connection is a challenge, a USB-based portable learning management system was developed. This paper is aimed at describing the experiences in implementing a USB- based learning management system in teacher education in the Philippines. Specically, this article presents Silliman University’s experiences in customizing a tool for innovative teaching and learning in teacher education. It describes the result of the pilot implementation of the tool among the select higher education institutions in Central Visayas, Philippines. This paper also presents the reflection and lessons learned by the teacher educators and students in the learning management system. The learning management system was customized using POODLE, a portable MOODLE. It can run in a USB ash drive without an internet connection. A total of 16 trained teacher educators in Central Visayas, Philippines were selected as pilot-teachers. The study reveals that the implementation varies among the pilot-teachers in terms of level, mode, and terminal of usage which are all affected by many variables. It was discovered that there are more facilitating factors than hindering factors in implementing POODLE for mobile learning. The study found out that POODLE is an effective tool for mobile learning in areas where internet connection is limited.