Baliuag University (BU) officially launched a new online learning management system (LMS) to encourage student-faculty productivity and interaction.
Center for Academic Development and Assessment Director Kristel Punzalan said the trend for higher education institutions is to go on “blended learning” that does not limit learning to the classroom setting.
With this, BU adopted Canvas, an American-based technology launched in 2011 that is now being used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions worldwide.
According to Director Punzalan, BU is among eight schools in the country that has pioneered in the use of Canvas. She added that the LMS will be beneficial for the school once it has fully shifted into a trimestral mode.
“We do not need to be confined to a classroom setting. With the advent of social media and digital learning campus, there is an extended interaction between students and teachers, and this is what Canvas aims to do as well,” she said.
Aside from the features that include real time conversations and discussions, Canvas is being used by the University to relay announcements and important reminders to both students and faculty. The system boasts of a mobile application that can be downloaded by students and teachers alike.
Director Punzalan said that around 70 percent of their faculty are attuned to using the technology.