De La Salle Lipa unveiled its Project DCommons (PDCs) learning course initiatives to deep dive, engage, and train all its Lasallian Partners as the institution embraces the ‘New Normal’ set-up.
This online learning course provides a Common Understanding, Common Mindset, Common Platform, Common Direction, and Common Goal in the Borderfree learning system.
Project DCommons aims for the onboarding, engaging, and training of partners in a home-based online learning platform. Phase 1 entails getting onboard and typified by common understanding. Phase 2 involves getting engaged characterized by common mindset and platform related to online environment and instruction. Phase 3 is getting trained and making it work distinguished by common direction and goal in relation to redesigning the curriculum, training, assessment, online learning environment, as well as other modalities.
For Phase 1, all partners are tasked to take a self-paced course on Microsoft Office 365, along with basic information and understanding of the online learning platform and mechanics. This is designed to have a better understanding of the navigation and utilization of Office 365 for communication and collaboration, at the same time, offering a better grasp of the home-based online learning set-up.
For Phase 2, partners are required to enroll in an actual online course. The assessment to be used is the 3-2-1 Strategy which will take four to eight weeks and two to four hours every week. Learners will get 700 points and awarded a Custom badge as credit.
For Phase 3, the goal is to attain 99.8 percent of the institutional curricula which are grouped in reference to the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Structuring of the online class is designed based on the sections of video conferencing options or choices. Partners are asked to redesign the curriculum, instructions, and assessment. They will arrange and upload course materials in reference to the system of home-based online learning.
The Lasallian Partners who have already taken the online course claim getting valuable insights from it. Michelle Rose Sayoc, Programs Manager for NEXUS Innovation Labs, shared, “Taking the Project DCommons course made me realize that self-paced online learning is both a blessing and a challenge. At first, it was difficult for me to engage with the modules as I was intimidated by it – I thought it was going to be long and dragging. But going through it, the clips were actually short and engaging. It felt fulfilling to finish the course. I consider it a blessing as well because I was able to be productive during the community quarantine. I liked going through the modules at my own pace. It was nice to enhance my knowledge and prepare myself for the upcoming Borderfree education.”
“With the challenges in the education system brought about by the pandemic, the modules on Presentation Design and Canvas taught me digital skills that I can use in this new learning journey. Project DCommons provided me with tips and additional knowledge that I can use in my teaching to ensure the delivery of quality education to all our learners in synchronous or asynchronous learning,” Ms. Lerma O. Castro, Grade School Subject Coordinator, expressed.
Meanwhile, Chef Pamela De Leon, Institute of Culinary Arts Head shared that the program has been very beneficial. “It helped me to be more comfortable using the internet as a platform of teaching since it provides the much deeper [reason on] why there is a need to use it and a better explanation (or easier method) on how to use Microsoft apps.”
Various components of the PDC package have also been identified. The first is Activity which specifies lists of engagement using different learning approaches. Next is Assessment which indicates the measures of engagement and understanding from given activities. The 3-2-1 strategy will help learners to organize responses by describing three takeaways which consist of two questions and one key value to produce actualization. Third is Effort which presents an expected time allotment in the learning process as determined by the number of hours. Fourth is Points which is the numerical equivalent for the completion of tasks more in terms of output than the process involved. Fifth is Credits which refer to the equivalent badge for points collected in completing a task. Also included are custom and Phase 3 badges.
Dr. Analiza D. Resurreccion, Research Development and Linkages Officer, shared about the topic she found most beneficial related to the aforementioned course: “The hub of teamwork in O365 – the Microsoft Teams. It allows me to fully embrace the upside of teamwork vis-a-vis collaboration in research. It widens the ideation pipeline, speeds up progress, and enables the flow of critical information among collaborators.”
Meanwhile, Ms. Castro added, “As an educator, I know that I have to be part of the whole system to find ways to overcome and respond to all the challenges that we are facing particularly in the mode of instruction that we are to use for this academic year. Project DCommons helped me to be innovative and creative in delivering instruction through an online platform. This activity equipped me with the skills to integrate technology into the teaching process to make learning a meaningful one and to be able to meet the educational goals more effectively and efficiently.”
Dr. Resurreccion moreover sums up this endeavor: “Though PDCommons was primarily designed on the premise of making quality instructional content available to any learner, anywhere, anytime, the modules contained likewise shaped my strategy in building and maintaining research collaborations both with Lasallian Partners and with those from other HEIs.”
Clearly, PDCommons is a crucial course initiative for the holistic learning and development of all the stakeholders. It doesn’t merely have the teachers nor students in mind, but it takes into account the needs of partners, staff, and the community. As the norms are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital for everyone to adapt in order to survive. However, the goal of DLSL PDCommons is beyond that because the objective is to see everyone not merely surviving but thriving in this new normal.