The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing the conduct of the virtual In-Service Training (VINSET) for teachers on a regular basis after an encouraging reception to its technological innovations.
After the initiative reached approximately five million participants nationwide during the previous week-long VINSET live sessions, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua has proposed to “conduct the virtual INSET regularly.”
DepEd, in a statement issued April 22, said that 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” as stated in the proposal.
“The virtual INSET for public school teachers is DepEd’s biggest online user activity to date,” Pascua said. “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,” he added.
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country, DepEd decided to hold this year’s INSET online for the first time. Given the adjustments in the school calendar, the 2021 INSET was held last March 15 to 19.
The VINSET is part of the Public Schools of the Future (PSOF) Framework’s Digital Rise Program of the Administration Strand under the leadership of Secretary Leonor Briones.
DepEd’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 since 2019.
In the Philippines, DepEd formulates, implements, and coordinates policies, plans, programs, and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education.
DepEd supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a “complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national development.”