It was this morning that I read yesterday’s news paper issue. As I was browsing the Business section of the daily publication, I came across the article where it says a local University partners with an international company in providing a tool for online learning.
I got alarmed when I read the line that says that the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu city is the first school in the Visayas and Mindanao to use an online collaborative tool for learning. According to the article, the university paired up with Microsoft’s Live@edu, a competitor of Google Apps for Education, in providing an online platform where students and faculty can access online services (for learning) with the use of a single e-mail account.
As far as I know, DCNHS in Davao City (Mindanao) started using Google Apps for Education one or two years ago. They have been using Google Apps for their email services, online calendars, document sharing and other functions which comes along with Google’s services. The claims of USJ-R to be the first to use an online collaborative tool for learning in the Visayas and Mindanao region is definitely a hoax.
I’m just hoping that the administrators of the said university will be aware that there are lots of other schools coming from Mindanao that have made use of these kinds of technologies for learning. It’s just that these schools were not given the opportunity to publicize their little achievements.