January 29, 2023

In response to the challenges of the new normal in the education landscape, Ifugao State University conducted a training workshop to its faculty members across its six campuses on June 2 to 19.
The workshop intends to equip the faculty with the skills, knowledge, and proper behavior on the use of IFSU Learning Management System (LMS) using Moodle App as a platform for the university’s flexible learning mode.
The faculty members were taught the basics in accessing the LMS, uploading files or learning packages, embedding links (short videos, reading assignments, etc); creating forum discussions, quizzes, and assignments; enrolling students, and grading and downloading students’ submissions.
The participants recognized the need to establish a virtual learning hub that will cater to both online (wired) and offline (non-wired) delivery of instruction.
The virtual learning center will be a video-recording center of lecture or laboratory/skills activities for students. This will further serve as a venue for online classes and for teachers to conduct teleconferences with students and online defense of theses and dissertations.
The workshop, which used digital means, is in line with IFSU’s goal of evolving with the times through “Education 4.0,” a learning approach that aligns itself with the emerging fourth industrial revolution.
“This pandemic shall not stop IFSU in delivering its mandate. May we see the challenges brought by these challenging times as opportunities to improve ourselves as learning facilitators. We welcome flexible learning in our bid to bring quality and accessible education to our students,” said IFSU President Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon.
The Commission on Higher Education earlier appealed to higher education institutions to adopt flexible learning to maximize the learning of students amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Flexible learning, according to CHED Chair Prospero de Vera, is not limited to online classes or activities but includes approaches that are applicable and responsive to learners’ circumstances.
In 2019, IFSU is one of three universities recognized for its distance education initiatives. Through the assistance of the University of the Philippines-Open University, IFSU was able to establish an LMS with its own hosting and website. – Faith B. Napudo