February 22, 2024

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Project REIINN Strengthens Philippine Distance Education

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was recently signed between Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) to assist remote education in disadvantaged and unserved communities. Both agencies were under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

According to Franz de Leon, Director, DOST-ASTI, “By strengthening our relationship, we are taking another important step toward achieving our common aim of improving the state of infrastructure, education, resilience, and general quality of life in the country.”

The project known as Resilient Education Information Infrastructure for the New Normal (REIINN) focuses on creating infrastructures and application frameworks to enable the move to remote learning and reduce the nation’s digital divide. The project currently offers two programmes, LokaLTE and RuralCasting.

While RuralCasting creates computer systems that provide educational content to homes via digital TV channels, LokaLTE creates and implements community LTE Networks in rural locations. The collaboration illustrates the DOST’s dedication to using technology-based interventions to connect and provide information to geographically separated schools and communities.

STARBOOKS intends to offer science, technology, and innovation-based content in a variety of forms to children in rural and underserved regions across the nation. It includes millions of digitised science and technology resources in several formats, including text and video/audio, organised in specifically created “pods” with an easy-to-use interface.

Through the DOST’s ASTI and STII collaboration, STARBOOKS, according to Alan Taule, Project Leader, will be able to reach more people, notably students, and eventually, nobody will be left behind in the knowledge divide.

Due to the pandemic, the way education is delivered in the nation has undergone significant change. Teaching had to be done remotely using modular and digital platforms because both public and private schools had to be shuttered to safeguard the health of students and teachers.

To improve the use of blended learning in difficult-to-reach locations, the Department of Education (DepEd) has given several instructional resources to beneficiary schools, students, and staff. Over 8.5 million students have been enrolled by the department for the school year 2021–2022. To promote learning continuity, DepEd has used online and technologically based distance learning approaches such as using TV, radio, printed modules, and online/offline sites, among others.

The department has monitored and provided e-learning gadgets to school beneficiaries aiming to utilise and maximise the benefits of having digital technology to increase access to basic education for all students, particularly those who attend “Last-Mile Schools.”

In addition, many universities and colleges have also used flexible learning systems that were set up by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In these kinds of systems, people think about how the learning environment changed during and after the pandemic.

Students could choose their own ways to learn, such as online which uses online classrooms to educate; offline, which uses digital media or printed modules to demonstrate; or blended, which uses both online and offline methods.

Furthermore, through online learning platforms, the Philippines has switched from traditional classroom instruction to online learning. The government has endorsed mobile learning as an effective means for students to continue their education.

Online learning systems have been able to thrive in the country, thus students have access to the available resources in a variety of settings, including blended learning and home education. Any of these modalities are integrated into blended learning to leverage their advantages and produce high-quality education.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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