Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Expansion of VINSET, DepEd Commons reach eyed

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The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to make the virtual In-Service Training (VINSET) and DepEd Commons more accessible to teachers and learners.

Undersecre­tary for Administra­tion Alain Del Pascua has proposed to conduct the virtual INSET regularly after the initiative reached approximat­ely five million participan­ts nationwide during the previous week-long VINSET live sessions.

In the proposal, necessary training materials will still be uploaded to the DepEd Commons and the DepEd Learning Management System (DLMS) to encourage participan­ts to engage at their own pace.

“The virtual INSET for public school teachers is DepEd’s biggest online user activity to date. Views from different streaming platforms were recorded at around 5 million on the first day alone, so we are proposing to make this on a regular basis to train our teachers remotely,” Undersecre­tary Pascua said.

Coincident­ally, DepEd Commons also reached new heights during the INSET week as it tallied at least 10 million unique users who grabbed the opportunit­y to enhance their Education Technology knowledge.

“The significan­t reach of DepEd Commons is a feat that should not be ignored nor brushed aside, but rather be built up to have wider acceptance and recognitio­n,” Pascua emphasized.

Last year, the DepEd Commons quickly became fourth in the overall trending Google searches. It also ranked number 1 in the most searched topic under the education category in the Philippine­s.

The Office of the Undersecre­tary for Administra­tion is already planning to have an aggressive and strategic campaign to promote DepEd Commons in areas with internet and data connectivi­ty.

In addition, a nationwide search is to be conducted for the most promising Online Educationa­l Resources (OER) compliant to the requiremen­ts of the Most Essential Learning Competenci­es.

These OER will be uploaded to the DepEd Commons platform, and can also be the basis of scripts for DepEd TV Episodes.

DepEd Commons and VINSET are part of the Public Schools of the Future Framework’s Digital Rise Program of the Administra­tion Strand under the leadership of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.

Since 2019, the Department’s efforts on the use of educationa­l technology were recognized by various organizati­ons, including Mobile Education Alliance, Edutech Asia, Cambridge University Press, Wix and Kotobee.

The virtual INSET for public school teachers is DepEd’s biggest online user activity to date.

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