Saturday, March 2, 2024

UST, Dominican schools sign e-learning deal with Canvas

Instructure, the maker of Canvas, has announced that the University of Santo Tomas (UST) System has chosen Canvas as its new Learning Management System (LMS) to improve collaboration, implement academic and technological advancements and meet changing student and faculty needs.

Photo shows Rev. Fr. Wenifredo Padilla III, OP, acting assistant to the Rector for Information and Communications Technology at the University of Santo Tomas System

The implementation will benefit the University of Santo Tomas and other Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) schools, including Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba, Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Manaoag and Angelicum Iloilo.

The University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest existing university, will move from its previous LMS to Canvas, prompted by the need to improve content-sharing and collaboration between their network and increase efficiency in grading and achievement of learning outcomes.

Canvas will provide teachers access to data and analytics that will allow them to make informed decisions and give more personalized feedback to their students.

“Two decades prior to the pandemic, the University of Santo Tomas established itself as the pioneer for e-learning adoption in the Philippines,” assistant professor Anna Cherylle M. Ramos, director of UST’s Educational Technology Center, said.

“As we continue to expand and improve our digital ecosystem, the University of Santo Tomas has engaged in an official partnership with Instructure to advance with forward-thinking solutions that provide everyone with access to a high-quality education supported by an equally powerful learning management system.”

Ramos stated that after surveying teachers and students, the university concluded that Canvas was the most intuitive learning platform to redesign and transform exemplary courses and promote meaningful teaching, learning and assessment that could lead their students to achieve success in the future world of work.

“We trust that this partnership will continue to propel us to greater heights by fostering more pedagogical innovations on campus and will enable instructors and students to interact more seamlessly within and outside of the classroom as we transition from fully online to hyflex/hybrid modalities of instruction in the post-pandemic era,” Rev. Fr. Wenifredo Padilla III, OP,, acting assistant to the Rector for Information and Communications Technology, said.

By adding the communication, grading and data capabilities of Canvas LMS, the school is looking to improve engagement and creativity by providing a platform for teachers and students with the potential for adding micro-credentials.

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