Davao-based local startup to develop 'viable, cheaper' LMS for online learning

DAVAO CITY - A local startup from Davao City will be developing a learning management system (LMS) that will help students and educators in conducting online learning and sharing educational resources.

In a press statement on Wednesday, the DOST XI said, the InfinIT LMS is a Learning Management System (LMS) platform designed by the Davao City-based information systems solutions provider, Advanced InfinIT Technology Solutions, Inc., that will help "students, teachers, and school administrators in monitoring student outcomes and curriculum effectiveness using OBE (Outcomes-Based Education) compliant data analytics."

Advanced InfinIT Technology Solutions, Inc. operates under the UMasenso HUB, a Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in the University of Mindanao (UM).

The Davao City-based team is among the 14 local startup grantees of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development’s (DOST-PCIEERD) Startup Grant Fund Program. The local startup, established in 2017, specializes in providing customized information systems solutions.

"Advanced InfinIT Solutions will be provided by DOST with an approved budget of P2.7M to implement their project," the DOST XI said.

The team's proposal to DOST was entitled” Enhancement and Market Validation of InfinIT Learning Management System: A Learning Management System with Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) Analytics” or InfinIT LMS. The DOST said this is aligned with the theme "Jumpstarting the Economy in the New Normal".

"The system is designed to analyze the individual learner’s assessment tasks and generate a learning analytics based on its outcomes such as analysis of personal trait, skills, competencies, subject knowledge, etc.," it said.

The system will also address "the need for real-time monitoring of curriculum effectiveness as well as providing a data-driven support for the continuous development of the education system in the Philippines."

Somerset Siang, one of the founders of Advanced InfinIT Solutions said their platform "will offer a viable and cheaper online learning solutions to all the schools within the Philippines while offering standard LMS features at par with most commercial LMS providers."

He added that "the built-in OBE analytics will provide vital information necessary for the continuous development of the different course curriculum and better alignment to international OBE standards."

"It will raise the quality of education through continuous improvement of our curriculum and monitoring the effectiveness of teaching strategies," he said. The team's members include Wedmark A. Parajes and John Mark Dumanig.

Last June 8, the Research Information and Technology Transfer Division (RITTD) announced that 54 startup proposals were submitted to DOST-PCIEERD last March 2021.

"Fourteen startups across the country were approved for funding. The first cohort is composed of seven (7) startups under the priority area Supply Chain and Logistics (Agrabah, BizKit, Bizooku, Burket, Cawil.ai, InsightSCS, and Mosaic), three (3) startups under Education and Learning (Codechum, Tinker House, Infinit LMS), one (1) startup under Digital Tools for Public Service (OBX Solutions), and three (3) startups under Sustainable Industries (Lesstics, IOL, Robin)."

The RITTD said through this program, startups will be given funding assistance for their research and development activities.