Spearheaded by the College of Computer Studies (CCS), the regional seminar of the Philippine eLearning Society (PeLS) served as a venue for participants to discuss various topics on tools, trends and methodologies in eLearning.
The training aimed to promote eLearning in carrying out the tri-focal function of instruction, research and extension among academic institutions.
Presentations and discussions took on the theme “Substantive Content, Appropriate Pedagogy and Use of Technology for eLearning”.
CCS Dean Dr. Dave Marcial, who concurrently serves as vice president for PeLS Region 7, headed both the planning team and the delegation from Silliman.
Invited speakers were from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos: Dr. Maria Ana Quimbo, Director of the College of Public Affairs and Administration as resource for “Theoretical Foundations of eLearning”) and Ms. Benevieve Daamo-Villanueva of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs for “Instructional Design Principles: Putting Forward the Pedagogical Perspective of eLearning”).
Dr. Raffy Mananghaya of the College of Economics and Management discussed on “Mahara, Facebook-Like eLearning Facility”. Silliman’s Information Technology Department Chairperson Engr. Ed Omictin III also shared the University’s experience in developing and promoting the use of its online learning platform, in his presentation, “The Silliman Online University Learning (SOUL): Challenges and Opportunities”.
PeLS president Leandre Dacanay, a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, capped the lectures and sessions with his presentation “Connecting Communities through PeLS”.
A professional organization, PeLS continues to develop programs aligned with its thrust: “to lead the development of eLearning competencies through education and trainings and to promote collaboration among eLearning practitioners”.
An election of officers took place before the closing ceremony with the following officers elected for the PeLS Region 7 Chapter: president Engr. Ed Omictin III of Silliman University; vice-president Ralp Laviste, Cebu Institute of Technology University; secretary, Joy Dy of Metro Dumaguete College; treasurer, Dr. Elve Nasvik, Balanced Achievement School of Excellence, Inc.; and Dr. Virgilio Y. Abellana, of University of San Jose Recoletos as auditor. (www.ugnayan.com)