CHEDRO 3: TSU is on the right track
Regional offices of the Commission on Higher Education and Department of Information and Communications Technology commended Tarlac State University for being prepared in handling classes for flexible learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic during a meeting held at the TSU Main AVR today, June 25, 2020.
TSU is the first higher education institution visited by CHEDRO 3 and DICT 3 for their inspection on the capacity of HEIs to conduct flexible learning.
Among the virtual laboratories, learning platforms, and equipment visited and demonstrated are Microsoft Teams, Advanced Manufacturing Training Hub of the College of Engineering and Technology, multimedia room and interactive board of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, TSU Firefox Radio, and the cloud-based technology learning solution of the College of Computer Studies.
“TSU is the 4th university in the Philippines to subscribe to the cloud-based technology learning solution along with Dela Salle University-Dasmariñas, Enderun Colleges, and, Angeles University Foundation,” President Myrna Mallari said during her short presentation.
After the presentation, both regional government agencies lauded the university for being on the right track in the “new normal” delivery of education.
CHEDRO 3 OIC Director Maria Teresita Semana added that “TSU deserves to be the prime leader” among the 209 region III HEIs for instruction.
“Iyong mga expectations na dapat gawin ng mga HEIs sa panahon ngayon (COVID-19 pandemic) ay nagawa niyo na at naumpisahan niyo na. Siguro mas maganda nga po na sharing with other HEIs,” said Dir. Semana referring to the flexible learning efforts of TSU as early as 2015.
Pres. Mallari also mentioned during the meeting the recently concluded consultative meetings with LGUs which is primarily concerned on helping students gain access to the Internet.
With this, DICT 3 Director Reynaldo Sy informed TSU that a free WiFi will be installed in region III state universities and colleges (SUCs) by July to August and Tarlac municipal halls by August or September this 2020.
“Hinahabol sana namin bago sem break [end of academic year] para magamit pa ng mga estudyante ang free WiFi kaso inabutan ng COVID, nabitin,” Dir. Sy added.
The DICT also tapped TSU to be the hub of open educational resources for region III HEIs through the university established servers and cloud-based servers.