The Teaching and Learning Resource Center would like to help you in your journey to remote learning. TLRC is a hub for teachers like you who are innovative and willing to learn.
We have enlisted a number of useful items which you might finding either interesting or essential in your remote learning transition.
But first, let us ask you, have you decided on what learning management system to use? If you haven’t thought of that yet, here’s a helpful breakdown.
UP Cebu has its own Moodle based learning management system that has been in operation ever since. This year, the UPC VLE will be undergoing upgrading and UI/UX customization to better provide teachers with good learning platform alternative. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to employ UPC VLE:
- It is large scale and has a lot of functionalities but would require teachers to be more creative because it offers more authorship options.
- Once upgraded, it can be customized to provide an interface that would show the department and the university’s identity.
- It has a lot of writing options and may provide a good platform support for teachers who wish to make the course site a laid out workbook type.
- It has wide array of assessment options ranging form simple quizzes down to calculations and selective answering. Very helpful for teachers handling technical, laboratory, and math courses.
- Since it is optimized for content management, mature learners find this LMS useful. Good for teachers handling graduate courses and research courses.
- Its gradebook is optimized for various grading strategies and in different grading formats.
- For first time LMS users, the VLE might be hard to learn at first. It has quite a steep learning curve. However, if you have a creative and innovative attitude, this LMS will surely be a playground, like a match made in heaven.
- It uses less bandwidth, especially when you use it as viewing platform or have been using it as real workbook instead of file sharing platform. Good for you and your students.
- It now has a mobile client (through Moodle Mobile App) where you can access your course site on the go.
When UP System upgraded its paperless functions and procured us a subscription of the Google Suite for Education. Google Classroom is very trendy and very easy to use. Here’s some features you need to know if you plan to employ UP Google Classroom:
- It is built for ease of use and file sharing. Drag and drop, click and go, one click done? Say it, its Google classroom. The interface is very intuitive too and is great for first time LMS users.
- It is linked to various Google applications with sharing capabilities such as docs, spreadsheets, presentation, forms, drives, and even sites. Talking about easy authentic teacher blogging? It is here.
- It has a gradebook and assessments can be done through Google forms and other add on modes like poll, short answers, and even discussion.
- It has rubric system for writing assessments and (although limited) originality reports for both students and teachers.
- Many basic education and general education teachers love this LMS because its is easy to use and very attractive to younger students. Aside from that, one Google account for all apps makes it easier to handle class signup and log in.
- Some writing functions may not be available. Because it is optimized for sharing and collaborative work, lay outing to workbook or authorship options are very limited.
- Assessments are also not optimized for technical tests like calculations and selective answering.
- On its own, it requires low bandwidth. The bandwidth usage becomes extensive when the students have to download the files you shared. A little tweaking on sharing formats would help this situation.
- Overall, Google classroom is very convenient, user friendly and most importantly, easy to access for everyone.