Globe, De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde Prepare for the Future of Learning

As an advocate for technology use in Philippine education, Globe Telecom joined hands with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in launching a Research Grant for Digital Learn-ing to prepare the country for the future of learning.

To seal the partnership, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between the two par-ties led by Michelle Tapia, Head of Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation of Globe myBusi-ness, and Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, DLS-CSB President.

Under the MoA, research grants will be used to fund two academic researches, to be conducted by full-time DLS-CSB faculty who are screened after a rigorous selection process, to promote further research in the field of digital learning wherein available technology will be used in or-der to effectively enhance one’s learning experience without replacing traditional methods.

“Globe has always been committed to providing educational institutions with technology-driven solutions meant to promote higher quality teaching and learning. Through the grant, we are looking forward to introducing new innovations that would help schools keep up with the rapidly changing arena of digital and information technology,” Tapia remarked.

Globe understands the changing landscape in education as well as its inherent challenges and opportunities. Students now have shorter attention spans, know how to operate devices with little to no coaching, and have direct access to information, whether it is validated or not, on the internet. The advances in technology have shaped the way we learn in significant ways.

Thus, the partnership at its core is an acknowledgment that learning has moved beyond physi-cal classroom walls and into the digital space, a space where both teachers and students can access information and learning resources easier, faster, and at a more affordable pace.

Prospective faculty candidates will have to propose research topics that revolve around digital learning and future trends—teaching and learning, pedagogy, or learning spaces—in Philippine education. If selected, the grantees will be given an entire school year to complete the research which will then be presented at a colloquium.

“The key to shaping future leaders in the country lies within the tools and the guidance provid-ed by their mentors. We are looking forward to seeing research which can improve teaching best practices or how we can further utilize technology in order to make better learning spaces for the students,” Magbanua said.

Last year, Globe Telecom partnered with DLS-CSB to introduce Brightspace, a learning man-agement system that enables a personalized approach to education. The system powers the col-lege’s BigSky platform: a cloud-based integrated learning platform meant to create an innova-tive and inclusive virtual learning space.

Brightspace was created by D2L (a Globe partner) to help transform the learning and teaching experience via a digital platform where students and teachers can access teaching and learning tools using their personal devices.

Globe, likewise, held a series of workshops under PRISM, a professional development program designed to help Filipino educators in K-12 and higher education, become proficient in technol-ogy-enabled instruction and content development.

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