Miriam College, in partnership with C & E Publishing, Inc., launched the Integrating Technology in Education to Advance Change (iTEACh) Program, a five-day graduate certificate course on e-learning, last May 31 at the C & E Information and Resource Center in South Triangle, Quezon City.
Designed for school administrators, teachers, curriculum designers, information and communication technology specialists, librarians, and media services staff, the certificate course introduced digital and mobile learning as the new platform that supports educational innovation in the 21st century. The course included e-learning experts’ lectures and hands-on workshops on the principles and practices vital to technology integration in education.
“We at Miriam College realized that there has been a continuous demand for training in e-learning to make e-learning products and services really more relevant,” Dr. Edizon Fermin, basic education unit director and high school principal of Miriam College, said during the participants’ orientation. He lamented the fact that many educational softwares developed by Filipino computer programmers are underappreciated and wasted due to the inadequacy of many educators in 21st century-teaching.
The iTEACh Program is equivalent to three academic units and part of Miriam College’s graduate degree program Master in Education major in e-Learning, a 43-unit, non-thesis diploma course which can be completed in two academic years. Participants of the certificate course who will enroll in the graduate program in the first semester from August to December 2016 will be exempted from taking the major subject “Learning and Teaching with Mobile Technology.”
Fermin, together with Marion Jude Gorospe, coordinator of the Summer Institute on Technology in Education Project of Miriam College, led the team of lecturers and workshop facilitators. Other resource speakers were Alma Gorospe from Marist School, as well as Raysel Evarem Palisoc, Lyle Fernandez, Florante Belardo, Jomar Aries Laurente, Justin Josef Villano, Kenan Jairus Quitco, Mary Ann Lascano, and Mon Ritchie Bacero from Miriam College.
Participants commended the joint initiative of Miriam College and C & E Publishing, Inc. in providing a free certification program for educators. “It was a fun new experience. Thank you and hopefully, this is not the last time that Miriam College and C & E Publishing are going to offer such an opportunity to us,” Anthony Ferrer from Bader International School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia said on behalf of the participants.
Miriam College was recently granted a five-year autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education. It is the only higher education institution in the Philippines that offers a major in e-learning in its masteral program in education. Over the course of five years, it has produced 21 e-learning research projects and 34 training specialists. A total of 439 teachers and 1,881 students have undergone its e-learning program.