Dr. Natalizia Pagtakhan

Dr. Natalizia Pagtakhan

Senior Faculty of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute

Senior Faculty of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate from Utica College, New York and is currently the Director for the Physical Therapy Program and Moodle user for more than five years.

Abstract

Moodle ™ Learning Management System (LMS) embraces a mission to empower the educators to improve the world we all live in. Several educators from different parts of the world affiliated with different school organizations and running varied academic programs are witness to how technology can enhance the delivery of teaching and learning systems by supplementing the content and instructional strategies to effectively reach-out to highly diversified learners (Granberg,2000; Knezec,2002; Sidewicz,2016). Utilization of the Moodle LMS as a means to integrate technology in education is apparent given the 94472 currently active sites that have registered from 231 countries using Moodle ™ as of 2018. In the Philippines, there are currently 356 active sites using the LMS and among these De La Salle Health Sciences Institute – College of Rehabilitation Sciences (DLSHSICRS) presents a decade long of utilization. Three Academic Rehabilitation Programs under the DLSHSI-CRS particularly Physical Therapy (2008), Occupational Therapy (2011) and Speech-Language Pathology (2014) are actively using the program together with other Colleges in the Institute offering the Doctor of Medicine and Medical Radiation Technology programs. Given the decade-long utilization, the analysis of the status of Moodle ™ utilization is empirical. This study therefore is conducted with the general objective of developing a framework to optimize the use of Moodle ™ LMS in an Academic Rehabilitation Program (ARP) in the context of the DLSHSI-CRS experience. Specifically, the study aims to look into nature and full features of the present Moodle ™ LMS used and its demands specifically in terms of the technical, operational, manpower and financial resources. It also looks into the current human and non-human factors affecting the Moodle ™ LMS utilization of ARP/DLSHSI-CRS given its purpose of utilization (why), content (what), mechanisms of utilization (how) and time of use (when). From the gathered information, the needs are extracted and analyzed based on the human and non-human factors related to the practices, challenges and strengths leading to the development of the framework of reference that can help in optimizing the use of Moodle ™ LMS. The study is mixed quantitative and qualitative research in design, which involve Moodle Administrators, Faculty and Students who uses Moodle ™ LMS in the three ARPs as respondents. It serves as baseline and pioneering research that can be adopted by other academic programs in terms analyzing the needs of their respective Moodle ™ LMS platforms.