AMA University Online Education participated as one of the delegates at the recent Global Online Association Learning (GOAL) Learning Summit 2016 held for three days from February 16 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
As part of the academe promoting the utilization of technology in the Philippines, AMAOEd endeavored to become a part of the first learning summit organized by GOAL which is geared towards the discussion of global trends and technological innovation and its benefits in expanding the scope of education in the country.
Some of the prominent speakers in the event were Elliott Masie, the recognized first analyst to use the term eLearning, Dr. Joanne Scillitoe of the New York Institute of Technology, Dr. Lucio Sia of UNESCO, Olivier Serrat from the Asian Development Bank, Olivier Ochanine, music director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso from the college of film and mass communication of University of the Philippines, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde of Ballet Manila, Arnel Pineda of the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc., and Sr. Marie Rosanne Mallillin of St. Paul University Surigao.
The continuous evolving technology has paved the way for advancements in providing access to knowledge for anyone. The summit intended to introduce the potential of the combination of technology and education in training the youth and those who are willing to learn, eliminating distance as a hurdle.
Members of the academe and the corporate world convened and learned from the talks, the workshops and breakout sessions which run for three consecutive days. Representatives from AMAOEd have obtained needed advice on strategies in delivering educational content through an online platform.
AMAOEd, thriving by the vision of “education for all,” in its initial run, learned straight from the renowned futurist, analyst and speaker, Mr. Masie. One of his opening lines and most memorable advice was “When you learn something, you’ve got to learn to fail along the way,” which suited the mission of the learning summit.
Addressing the future of eLearning in the country, he said that Philippines is one of the leading influencers in the world with digital collaboration and leveraging the internet with learning. His first visit in the country to talk about the potential of eLearning would prove to be beneficial in spreading the idea of using technology as a tool to let anyone acquire the education and the knowledge Filipinos need. According to Masie, it would not be far from reality if Manila becomes a hub for eLearning in the future.
“I think one of the wonderful things about eLearning is that I can do it short or one at a time, and sometimes I can do it over and over and over again. I have a friend who is slightly autistic. They love eLearning because they never can learn it with one cycle. They need to do multiple cycles, but not be embarrassed. So I can hear it two or three times. I think that’s wonderful. But we need to make sure our designers of eLearning understand the types of challenges that people [encounter] and I think video is more powerful than reading,” Masie said, pertaining to how eLearning could be of help in providing quality education to persons with disability (PWDs), Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and the like.
When asked how he envisions learning in the future, Masie stated, “I think we’re gonna keep experimenting. Some will work, some will fail and it will be a ride. You know, if I came back in five years, it will look very different. It will be cool. We’ll have fun along the way.”
The speakers, from the meeting room talks to the function room discussions, have united in the message of recognizing the potential of technology to achieve something greater in the field of education. They continuously reassured those hailing from the traditional schools that eLearning will not replace traditional learning with a teacher facing the students to educate, but rather, it will become a tool to distribute information to interested learners.
The eLearning method is still a practically new thing to the Philippines. There are some who are still skeptical about its legitimacy and validity but this learning summit had been an eye-opener for both members of the academe and the corporate world.
More information about the summit and the speakers may be found at http://goalonlinelearning.org/learningsummit2016/