Faculty of Business and Informatics

02Message from the Dean

Today, we are living in a world where technological revolution is taking place. This is a kind of revolution that we simply cannot ignore; a revolution that we have to partake in and keep up with all its challenges. We cannot deny the fact that technology is rapidly changing the face of education and its impact is easily seen. Consider the following statistics on the key advancements in the 21st century learning from various studies:

 ……91% of teachers use computers in the classroom but 1 out of 5 of the 91% feel that their classrooms still need the right level of technology;

…….81 % of teachers believe that tablets/laptops enhance classroom learning;

…….80% of college professors use social media for coursework;

…….86% of students believe that they study with greater efficiency using tablets/laptops;

.….65% of students use their mobile app to organize their coursework and would like to use their own mobile devices to enhance their learning and research

…….open source textbooks are expected to grow by 25% in the textbook market in the next decade and by the end of 2016, e-books will comprise 25% of the revenue of the textbook industry, and 8 out of 10 students would have used a digital textbook;

………a 21% growth in on-line learning is observed while only 2% takes place in the over-all student population.

………65% of educational institutions consider on-line learning as critical to life-long and long –term educational success.

Our beloved university, Divine Word University, has joined this inevitable technological revolution. We accepted the challenge. We shall navigate the road to success with our undying commitment to quality education and the integration of collaborative e-learning in the educational system is viewed as one of the ways to respond to the growing need for quality education. Our theme, “Advancing quality collaborative e-learning accessible to all” shall be our guide and inspiration.

But one may ask, how do we concretely achieve this?

First, a paradigm shift is important and indispensable. This shift should be reflected in how we view our learners and the learning process, in our teaching –learning pedagogy or strategies and how we view our roles as educators. The 21st century learners need to be engaged. They love to tinker, explore, and process the information or even question the information. The generation learners are critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, innovators and creators. They are information managers, information and media literate, self-directed life-long learners and visionary leaders. As educators, we need to get out of the box and leave our comfort zones. We need to realign, to re-tool, be connected, collaborative and open to the new opportunities and challenges and be once again learners in this new tool in enhancing quality education. Our teaching strategies should address the diversity in the learning styles and the characteristics of our generation learners as well as the 21st century learning environment characterized by numerous changes such as changing technology, job market, access to information, perspectives, lifestyle and many others.

Second, there is a need for us in the academe to share resources, teach one another, discuss our experiences, identify best practices among us together with our learners and lay down concerns and issues encountered in the process of implementing collaborative e-learning , and come up with an assessment or evaluation model/instrument that will bring to our attention what we have achieved ; see the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages and work towards perfecting the approach for the good and benefit of our students.

Last, let us be passionate in this endeavor. Nothing can be more powerful that the passion that dwells in our heart. Let me borrow the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”

To the administration, faculty, staff and maintenance personnel, thank you for all your support that has made our many years a success. Let us continue to keep this together, let us sustain our working together and let us always come together for many more beginnings that will soar us up to the heights of success for the service of humanity, love of our students and pursuit of academic excellence.

Let our journey be a one of a challenge, commitment and passion for all of us.

Associate Professor Romulo M. Lindio
Dean, Faculty of Business and Informatics
DWU