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OECM and CCIS lead MCL in Interactive Course Content Development

Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) faculty members took part in a comprehensive training with the Office for Educational Content Management (OECM) to explore the development of interactive content using H5P (HTML5 Package) and SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model).

Taking advantage of technology to make educational content suitable for remote and online learning, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) has partnered with H5P (HTML5 Package), an application that enables faculty members to create a rich array of HTML5 content to help promote active learning and student engagement. The tool makes it possible for faculty members to redesign their existing presentations and learning resources, allowing them to add elements that students can answer, react to, or play around with.

CCIS Dean Khristian Kikuchi leading the training for the college’s faculty members.

According to Asst. Prof. Abigail Joy Rodelas-Angelia, Director of the Office for Educational Content Management (OECM), a number of faculty members started exploring interactive content using SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and H5P during the start of online learning delivery for the Third Term of A.Y. 2019-2020. OECM opened a self-paced online course exclusive for MCL faculty members titled "Jumpstarting Student Engagement on Blackboard Learn, with an initial total of 23 participants finishing the course despite their busy schedules.

"This online course has made it easier for OECM to reach out and train faculty despite schedule differences," shared Asst. Prof. Angelia. "This is one of the advantages of asynchronous learning and I am glad that even way before the pandemic, MCL has already set up its online learning systems, making it possible to do quick trainings for our community."

The interactive content developed by faculty is fully integrated within MCL’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn. Available on both the Original and Ultra view, it can be embedded within online courses seamlessly, with content that can be graded so that students can see their scores in real-time. Feedback systems are also available, making the interactive learning experience personalized for each student.

CCIS faculty members presented the interactive content they developed to the other colleges, sharing the potential of H5P for science, arts, business, and marine courses.

In addition, it is possible for faculty members to create their content and use the links to share with students and colleagues within or outside their respective departments. “This way, we promote collaboration among faculty members and inspire each other with our ideas regardless of discipline or subject,” said Asst. Prof. Angelia.

To train faculty members in developing interactive presentations, videos, games, and activities for their courses, OECM is working directly with the Colleges, starting first with a comprehensive training with the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) lead by Dean Khristian G. Kikuchi. The CCIS team of faculty members have been very supportive of initiative and even joined the training of the College of Arts and Science (CAS), the E.T. Yuchengco College of Business (ETYCB), and the Mapúa-PTC College of Maritime Education and Training (CMET) faculty to showcase their creative outputs and share the potential of H5P for science, arts, business, and marine courses.

"It's beautiful to see the creativity of faculty members in the educational content that they have designed. You see it in their desire to make learning fun and meaningful for students," shared Asst. Prof. Angelia about the training experience.

For OECM, taking the initiative to develop interactive course content is necessary to help students with the challenges of online learning.

"The unprecedented spread of the coronavirus has changed the way we teach and learn. Undoubtedly, it is a difficult time of adjustment for teachers, parents, and most of all, our students," Asst. Prof. Angelia emphasized. "As facilitators of learning, we want to do the best we can to assist students in their learning journey and provide them resources that cater to their needs and preferences. Our faculty members are taking this extra step in redesigning their existing educational content to be more interactive, efficient, and engaging. Through this, we bolster student success and outcomes attainment. We help our students reach their learning goals with this additional effort."

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