The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Science High School System (DOST-PSHSS) also known as “Pisay”, introduced to its 16 regional campuses an online learning management system suitable for a more technology-savvy generation.
Called Knowledge Hub (KHub), it contains libraries of teaching guides for Pisay teachers and students to have a one-stop-shop for all their academic needs for the coming years. KHub was developed a week before Pisay took part in the remote learning on Tuesday, September 1.
“Tulad ng tradisyunal na classroom, dito nakikipag-usap ang mga guro at mag-aaral. Maaaring ilagay ng mga guro ang kanilang tala at pagsusulit para makuha at masagutan ng mga estudyante. Nilalayon nito na mapagaan ang pang araw-araw na gawain ng mga guro at mag-aaral (Just like the traditional classroom, the teachers and students talk here. The teachers can put their records and examinations so that students can access and answer them. It aims to lighten the workload of the teachers),” said Francis Joseph Seriña, Information Technology Officer II from the Office of Executive Director of DOST-PSHSS during one of the episodes of DOST Report.
According to DOST, KHub has various features, and Campus KHub is one of them. It is where teachers meet their students. Subjects with individual rules or courses can be seen here only by the students enrolled in these subjects[S#1] .
It also has a feature called “Badges” that gives rewards to students. If the exercises are done correctly, the next activity can already be unlocked. Through this, the assessment will be quicker and there will be an assurance that the students have already mastered the skills for a particular subject. Additional to that, the teachers can also upload other learning materials such as records for the recitation and written tests.
“Kapag ang guro naman ang nakapasok, makikita niya ang mga asignatura na nakatakda para sa kanya at mga tala ng panayam na gagamitin niya para sa kanyang asignatura (As soon as the teacher logs in, he/she can see the subjects that are assigned to him/her, along with the records for the activities that will be used in the subject),’” said Serina.
Aside from uploading materials, it is easy to repeat a test using KHub since it serves as the learning and teaching repository. There are also learning resource materials from the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute, Department of Agriculture, previous research from academe, and many others that can be accessed.
Also accessible in KHub is the guide in conducting webinars which was developed and prepared by the Research and Policy Academic Division of Pisay.
Serina said that although KHub is fully online, we encourage the students to download the student learning guide so they can still study even they don’t have an internet connection, or they’re on offline mode.
To ensure the effectiveness of its implementation, Pisay has developed a bridging program using distance learning. It is non-graded and designed for Pisay scholars. Serina explained that this is to fill in the learning topics that were removed due to the suspension of classes during the 4th grading period of the previous school year.
The teachers and students will also be given an allowance to facilitate remote teaching and learning.