As part of the strategies of Partido State University in adapting to the ‘new normal’ brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, its academic processes are migrating into what are generally known as ‘flexible learning environments.’ The university’s Information & Communications Technology Management Office (ICTMO), through a budget proposal approved recently by the Board of Regents (BOR) on May 25, 2020, will upgrade its capabilities to institutionalize the transition process. Part of the upgrade amounting to more than Php9M is a set of ICT equipment intended to support the deployment of an onsite Learning Management System, and installations of fixed-bandwidth internet connections, as well as an online Student Information System that will include functionalities for admission/enrolment, and submission of grades.
The online Student Information System aims to reduce or eliminate the need for students to physically conduct transactions with offices for registration and admission purposes. The system is projected to operationalize by the first-semester enrolment this A/Y 2020-2021. The Learning Management System (LMS), on the other hand, will be used by the faculty and the students as an alternative to the face-to-face mode of instructions. The third component of the upgrade focuses on providing connectivity for Tinambac and Caramoan campuses, and additional 20mbps of rate for the Goa campus.
On May 22, 2020, the ICTMO has also presented a prototype Online Student Clearance System (OSCS) through which students can apply clearance through the internet. This was also designed to reduce face-to-face (F2F) transactions and is planned to operationalize by the first week of June 2020. This system is being developed in-house by the ICTMO and will cater to active students on all campuses of the university.