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an eLearning variant of the
Community eCenter
Pilot ICT Project to Bridge the Digital Divide
for Disadvantaged Youth in Urban Areas

Maria Melizza D. Tan - Philippines
International Conference on AEF Activities 2006
08 December 2006, Cancun, Mexico
Commission on Information and Communications Technology

Project Overview

Commission on Information and Communications Technology

Status of Philippine Education
“The poor performance of students across the
country in national and international achievement
tests, and the consistently high dropout rates at
both elementary and secondary school levels,
underscore the deterioration of the quality of the
Philippine schools system.”

National Framework Plan for ICTs in Basic Education, 2005

• ICTs as a powerful enabler of capacity
development towards ensuring basic education
for all and lifelong learning

DepEd’s ICT for Education Master Plan Secretary Jesli Lapus (ICT Congress) • Improvement of quality and access • Empowerment of teachers and learners towards lifelong learning • Efficient and effective educational planning and governance • Coordination and collaboration with stakeholders .

CICT Human Capital Development Group A nation competent in the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable human development An Educational System that Maximizes the Use of ICT in Learning World Class Knowledge Worker A Culture of Creative ICT Use .

CICT's ICT4E: Table of Activities Educators Training Applications Dev Content Dev Infrastructure Deployment Elem Limited No No No HS Yes Yes Yes Yes ALS Yes Yes Yes Yes Tertiary Yes Yes Yes Yes .


.An Educational Crisis COHORT SURVIVAL TREND • dropout rate for HS: 9% in SY 1998-1999 to 13.10% in SY 2002-2003.

Education and Mass Media Survey Source: 2003 FLEMMS Results .2003 Functional Literacy.

068% in 2005) of the total education budget .94 M aged 12 to 15 – 42% considered “idle” • the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) – “The Other Side of Education” – provides non-formal and informal education – receives less than 1% (0.18 million out-of-school youth (2005) – 1.Philippine OSY • 5.84 M aged 6 to 11 + 3.

Accreditation & Equivalency a. Elementary b.Alternative Learning System Programs 1. Basic Literacy 2. Advanced Level – Bridge Program • use print modules • small number of mobile teachers – Service Providers (LGUs. NGOs. Secondary 3. etc.) finance additional Instructional Managers • simply not enough!! .

D.eSkwela • Commissioner Emmanuel C. Lallana. Ph. – Idea similar to NotSchool Schools of UK broadening access to basic education + using ICTs effectively in enhancing teaching & learning + 21st Century Skills .

community-based e-learning program for out-of-school youth (OSY) and adults – eLearning experience + blended and collaborative modes of instruction + performance-based assessment – pioneering effort with DepEd-BALS .eSkwela • to establish/re-orient Community eLearning Centers in major centers in the country that will broaden access to ICT-enabled learning opportunities through a non-formal.

Olalia – Avelino Mejia – Kathryn Pauso (Jan.eSkwela • CICT-HCDG project through the AEF Grant • Project Team: – Commissioner Emmanuel C. – Maria Melizza D. Lallana.D. Tan – Nelvin T. 2006) . – Sept. Ph.

eSkwela – AEF Grant • 4 pilot sites: Quezon City San Jose del Monte Cebu City Cagayan de Oro City .

eSkwela – AEF Grant • Project Cost – $200.16% 48.12% .08% Recipient preparation (inclusive of Seminars & Trainings) 10.000) CAPITAL OUTLAY • Provision for procurement of Hardware MOOE ● Professional Services (eLearning Modules) ● ● ● 29.35% 8.000 (P10.29% Connectivity Project Mgt.246. and Stakeholders’ Coordination 4.

Three Tracks Accreditation and Equivalency Catch-up with Formal Education ICT-based Livelihood Program .

will receive national gov’t funding for 14 additional pilot sites! .Projected Results • at least 600 out-of-school individuals serviced (1st 4 sites) • pilot the integration of ICTs in education towards the development of specific curricular standards and guidelines for national adoption – more flexible than formal education setting • assess the effectiveness of the elearning modules for probable wide-scale deployment and use around the country (even in formal educ settings) – received numerous inquiries already! • assess the pilot run for duplication and rollout of more eSkwela elearning centers around the country – LGUs and NGOs are interested!.

Project Components Infrastructure Materials Development eSkwela Community Support for Program Sustainability Stakeholders’ Training Monitoring & Evaluation .

Project Components Infrastructure Deployment 21 units + peripherals + broadband connectivity • 4 pilot urban sites • eSkwela .

wireless • bidding: finished • deployment: Dec/Jan . learning modules. copy) • 2 A/C units • Digital camera • Computer Tables + Monoblocs • Free Internet connection for 1 year. scan.Infrastructure Deployment • 21 Computers – Laboratory: • 20 PCs loaded with open source productivity tools. etc • server • LCD projector • 3-in-1 printer (print.

Project Components Curriculum Review & Materials Development Infrastructure Deployment conversion of 86 BALS print modules + livelihood courses into elearning modules • 21 units + peripherals + broadband connectivity • 4 pilot urban sites • eSkwela .

2. 5.BALS Core Curriculum • enhancement of life skills and lifelong learning skills among its learners (21st Century Skills) ALS’ A&E Program . 3. – – Communication Skills Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Sustainable Use of Resources/ Productivity Development of Self and a Sense of Community / Value of Collaboration Expanding One’s World Vision eSkwela to focus on the A&E Secondary Level Program: 50 of 86 core modules based on Curriculum Review by BALS (2005) . 4.five learning strands: • 1.

Anger. and Addictive and Dangerous Drugs Frustration The Cost of Environmental Ironing It Out Degradation Composting Buying Wisely Business Math Basic Accounting Expanding One’s World Vision Searching for Patterns The Major Religions of the World Water and its Costs Changing Roles Civil and Political Rights The Beautiful World of Our Native Borthers Sustainable Use of Resources/ Productivity Think Globally.Sample Modules Communication Skills Are You Listening? A Language of Our Own Effective Communication Effective Writing The Interview Are you a Critical Reader? How to Become an Intelligent Listener Panitikang Filipino Filling-up Forms Accurately Problem Solving & Analytical Thinking Dev’t of Self and a Sense of Community Reproductive Health Building Relationships with Others Skeletal System Dealing with Fear. Act Locally Marks of a Successful Entrepreneur How to Resolve Conflicts Water Pollution Wanted: Clean and Fresh Air Workers’ Rights Ideas for Income-Generating Projects .

eSkwela Instructional Design (pilot) eSkwela elearning modules (A&E) (ver 1) eSkwela Learning Management System (alpha) BALS Session Guides & other materials Learner outputs/ portfolios + Teacher-learner interactions + Teacher-teacher & learner-learner interactions Involvement of Learning Community + Livelihood Programs ( .

Blended Learner-centered Instruction one hour : computer-aided learning via interactive elearning modules one hour of collaborative group activities and projects (practical application) one hour: teacherfacilitated instruction/discussion (based on the current needs of the learners) .

com • (sample to be shown later – separate file) .eLearning Modules • software developer: Sandiwaan Center for Learning – module review by BALS-TWG based on the eLearning Courseware Rubric • Clear standards/ expectations for the developer in enhancing the modules vs.wikispaces. verbal agreements (problematic) • Module Review Form + Digital Courseware Evaluation Rubric • http://balsontheweb.

● ● Sample Rubric Sheet: to be given out Score for each item: must be at least a 3 . .wikispaces.


webpage links. . portfolio folders. collaborative projects. discussion forum. albums.Learning Management System • • • • • For progress monitoring For center utilization For tracking of learner’s progress For module utilization and evaluation For enhancing learning + online collaborations + learner portfolios – Blogs. etc.



Project Components Infrastructure Deployment Materials Development conversion of 86 BALS print modules into elearning modules • 21 units + peripherals + broadband connectivity • 4 pilot urban sites • eSkwela Stakeholders’ Training Teachers’ Training • Lab Management Training • Sustainability Trng • . . 24-hour training + 56-hour workshop.Project Components • Educators’ Training – Prof. • output: http://balsontheweb. Tim Unwin’s Seminar Workshops (Intelsponsored): • ICTs and the Design of Teacher Training Programs • Monitoring & Evaluation in ICT4E Activities – Teacher Training Workshop on ICT4E for BALSTWG (7 members.

24hrs) • DepEd rep ( – Onsite Laboratory Management (2 participants. 40 hrs • http://eSkwela.Project Components • Educators’ Training – Teacher Training on the customized eSkwela Instructional Design • ICT Literacy + ICT-enabled learning + use of the eSkwela LMS • 8 mobile teachers/instructional managers per community. ALS Head) • School Board rep • Local partner rep (from LGU or NGO or barangay) .wikispaces. 40hrs) – Sustainability Planning Workshop (3 participants/school. .wikispaces.


Project Components

Materials Development
conversion of 86 BALS print
modules into elearning

21 units + peripherals +
broadband connectivity

4 pilot urban sites

Support for
Local Community / GU

Teachers’ Training

Lab Management Training

Sustainability Trng

Project Components
• Community Involvement
– for Community Mobilization, Sustainability, and Project
– feeder center for Livelihood Training Programs (e.g. PESO,
– site renovations – ongoing
– Local eSkwela Steering Committee – being finalized
– assignment of Center Manager + Lab Manager - assigned
– teacher- & learner- selection – ongoing

• successful Stakeholders’ Mobilization meetings!
- draft MOAs and Deeds of Donation being reviewed

Local eSkwela Steering Committee
• to oversee, monitor, and sustain all aspects
of the Center’s operations – both as an
eLearning Center and as a Community
• composed of representatives from the
eSkwela Project Management Office of
CICT, the local government unit, the local
DepEd-ALS Division/Unit, the local partners,
the local community, and other stakeholders

Allow the personnel stated in #3 to undergo training as deemed appropriate by CICT and/or DepEd.Supervise the preparations for the Center’s operations.Meet regularly to discuss and decide on concerns and issues pertinent to the Center’s operations and management.Formulate an acceptable use policy for the Center.Assign a Center Manager. 4. and other support staff to operate the Center. 3. . 5. 2.Local eSkwela Steering Committee • Responsibilites: 1. Lab Manager.

9. 8. Formulate. Monitor the Center’s schedule to maximize the use of the Center.Local eSkwela Steering Committee • Responsibilites: 6. monitoring and evaluation.) 7. scheduling. and 10. data collection. Review and sign-off the reports prepared by the Center Manager and the Lab Manager with regards to the operations of the Center. staff deployment and supervision. develop. and review policies and procedures relating to Center utilization. etc. and other aspects of center operations (including but not limited to setting up a logging system. Undertake additional tasks to benefit the Center as directed by the eSkwela PMO. financial management. maintenance. inventory. security. with priority given to non-formal educational purposes. . replenishment and use of supplies. Monitor the Center’s operations and ensure its sustainability.

Project Components Infrastructure Deployment Materials Development conversion of 86 BALS print modules into elearning modules • 21 units + peripherals + broadband connectivity • 4 pilot urban sites • eSkwela Community Support for Program Sustainability Stakeholders’ Training Teachers’ Training • Lab Management Training • Sustainability Trng • Local Community / GU Involvement • Monitoring & Evaluation .

observations. student portfolios. and focus group discussions • Impact study together with BALS and UPOU (discussions ongoing) . self-assessment. and the recipient communities • pre-implementation: focus group discussions + interviews . feedback. post-test. year-end interviews.Monitoring and Evaluation • in close coordination with BALS. written surveys.done • regular site visits and program assessment sessions • automated monitoring system via LMS • class checklists. lab logbook • pre-test. the SCL-EDO.

Schedule Updates Commission on Information and Communications Technology .

TIMELINE for eSkwela: GRANT Sept. 17. 2006 AEF advised CICT of change in leadership April 4. 2005 Nov. 2005 CICT submitted Grant Proposal to AEF AEF announced the approval of the grant: only one of 6 chosen from 89 submitted proposals Feb. 2006 AEF sent Grant Contract v. 2 for review (65-25-10 allocation schedule) June 1. 2006 AEF sent Grant Contract v. 1. 1 for review (30-3040 allocation schedule) May 11. 2006 AEF Grant Contract v. 30. 3 based on revised project timeline .

awaiting bank details June 20. 2006 CICT reported progress to APEC Secretariat Philippines (DFA-OUIER) June 27. 2006 CICT sent soft copy of completed Contract 1st week of August CICT received 65% of AEF Grant ($1: P51.TIMELINE for eSkwela: GRANT June 13. 2006 CICT signed Grant Contract.23) . 2006 CICT sent eSkwela Progress Report JanJune 2006 July 20.

2007 Submission of Interim Progress Report as basis for next tranch of grant (25%) Sept/Oct 2007 Final Report Due for last tranch (10%) . 2006 eSkwela POW submitted to OSEC for consideration and approval August 22. 2006 Dec.TIMELINE for eSkwela: GRANT August 4. 7-8. 2006 Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007 AEF visited CICT RPS approved eSkwela POW AEF Conference AEF to be invited for Center inaugurations Late Feb. 2006 August 28.

2006 • Deployment begins mid-December . 30.TIMELINE for eSkwela: INFRA Last week of August Submitted draft Agency Procurement Request to DBM Procurement Service for review Sept. 2006 Bid Opening & Awarding: Nov. 30. 18. 2006 Submitted all bid documents to DBM-PS for their evaluation Nov.

2006 June 29 – July April – May 2006 • Coordination Work with DepEd-BALS – official formation of BALS-TWG June 26. 2006 • Discussed possible tie-up with Don Bosco for ICT-based livelihood modules ( 2006 • MOU signed between CICT & DepEd • BALS-TWG Workshop recommended module enhancements (balsontheweb) • Prioritized list of 50 core modules • eLearning Courseware Rubrics .e-skills.TIMELINE for eSkwela: MATERIALS DEVT Feb.

2006 • MOA signed between CICT and SCL. 2006 • Session Guides uploaded to balsontheweb Oct.TIMELINE for eSkwela: MATERIALS DEVT August 2006 • Began work on eSkwela LMS • HCDG-BALS-SCL meeting on module review process Sept. 18-20. 16-18. 13. 2006 • Module review for 1st 20 mdoules: by BALS-TWG based on courseware evaluation rubric by CICT-HCDG . submitted first 20 modules for review (alpha version) Oct.

2006 • SCL enhancements on 1st 20 modules • Acceptance by CICT: version 1 Dec. 18-Dec. 2006 . 19. 2006 – April 2007 • SCL’s work on the balance of 30 modules (TWG to review) .Mar. 2007 • upload APC-NSTP enhanced modules for out-of-school adults Dec. 2006 • Proposal for APC-NSTP to work on modules for Out of School adults: submitted and approved Oct.TIMELINE for eSkwela: MATERIALS DEVT Oct.

Tim Unwin (Intel as sponsor): • ICTs and the Design of Teacher Training Programs • Monitoring & Evaluation in ICT4E Activities June 26-28.TIMELINE for eSkwela: TRAINING January 2006 Seminar Workshops by Prof. 2006 Teacher Training Workshop for BALSTWG Oct. 2006 Sustainability Training Workshop . 4-6.

13-17.TIMELINE for eSkwela: TRAINING Nov. 2006 Teacher Training on the eSkwela Instructional Design: Cebu & CDO December/ January Onsite Lab Mgt. 2006 Teacher Training on the eSkwela Instructional Design: QC & SJDM Nov. 2-3. 2006 Test-run of ATutor Training with BALSTWG Nov. Training March 2007 Interim Progress Meeting: eSkwela implementers (teachers + center mgr + community reps + eSkwela PMO) . 20-25.

QC (partial) . 2006 Community Mobilization: Cebu. CDO. 2006 Site Visits.TIMELINE for eSkwela: COMMUNITY Jan. Interviews. SJDM. CDO Feb. SJDM. – Apr 2006 • Draft FGD paper for international publication • Research on ICT4E M&E performance indicators May – June 2006 Initial meetings with potential QC & Cebu partners Sept. & Focus Group Discussions with OSYs: Smokey Mountain.

TIMELINE for eSkwela: COMMUNITY Oct 2006 • Sent out draft MOAs with local partners (popular model: LGU-supported centers) • Formation of local Steering Committees Sept – Nov 2006 Submission of POW for site renovations Nov 2006 2nd round: CDO & QC community mobilization March/April 2007 Begin work on eSkwela Operations Manual .

8.STATUS (as of Dec. 1 needs 2nd round 2. Community Mobilization 4 sites 3 complete. included BALS-TWG reps To finish by midDec. 2006) Activities Target Actual Remarks 1. Educators’ Training – BALS-TWG Trng 7 trainees 7 trainees Completed –Teacher Trng –Lab Mgt Trng 32 trainees 8 trainees 38 trainees Completed Onsite – Dec/Jan – Sustainability Trng 12 participants 15 participants Completed. .

2006) Activities Target Actual 2 ongoing Remarks 3. Deployment of PCs 4 sites Bidding process completed + awarded Deployment: Dec/Jan 4. Connectivity 4 sites ISPs identified 5.STATUS (as of Dec. 8. Site Renovations 4 sites 3. Materials Devt 50 2 POWs still to be submitted Version 1 for Module acceptance: enhancements being 20 done APC work .

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Maria Melizza D.2 . Tan Head Executive Assistant. CICT-HCDG eSkwela Project Coordinator +63.9207412 Commission on Information and Communications Technology .Thank you.