Mapua upholds digital education, breaks barriers in knowledge dissemination

Giving high regard to innovation and digitalization, Mapúa University has been employing new digital technologies to effectively deliver its education and improve its level of attainment of intended academic outcomes.

In 2017, Mapúa initiated Digital Days, delivering synchronous online lectures to about 2,300 students in about 100 classes. It was soon followed by the launching of Digital Academics, its online education platform with the University offering the Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (MEP-IE), the Philippines first fully online, engineering graduate program.

Breaking barriers in knowledge dissemination, Mapúa has also invested in online undergraduate classes with its implementation of Digital Rush. Courses are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., for its students to avoid the traffic rush hours.

Teaching-learning innovations

In 2018, Mapúa had launched a new teaching-learning innovation, STEM Teach Mapúa, providing free online teaching enhancement trainings for Senior High School (SHS) teachers of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand.

Online courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, and Statistics subjects were made accessible to over 400 teachers nationwide. Mapúa utilized its digital learning technologies such as the Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, its learning management system, to deliver the trainings online.

Increasing online resources

In 2018, Mapúa University has also a closed a new partnership with Panopto, a leading video platform for business and education, as its lecture capture and video content management partner.

Mapúa is the first university in the Philippines to implement the use of Panopto software in its online class discussions.

Panopto’s integration with the Blackboard virtual learning environment will allow both students and teachers at Mapúa to easily access and view classroom videos as part of their regular learning activities.

“Mapúa University takes a learner-centered approach to education,” said Dr. Arnold Paglinawan, Director of Mapúa’s Center for Teaching and Learning – Outcomes Based Education. “Panopto will help us facilitate flipped classrooms and other blended learning pedagogies, which we anticipate will have a very positive impact on the learning experiences of our students.”

On the implementation of new online programs

“Having implemented a fully online program, we are now looking into conducting studies on the effectivity of our online courses. A study will give us more insights and will help us in the attainment of our desired student-learning outcomes,” added Dean Rex Robielos, dean of Mapúa’s School of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

With the success of the implementation on MEP-IE, Mapúa is eyeing to launch a new set of fully online programs, namely, Master of Engineering and Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and MS in Mechanical Engineering.

Mapua to direct research to value, develops own technology licensing office

Mapúa University has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to develop its Technology Licensing Office (TLO) through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed last December 2018. It is the second office to be created in the University geared towards directing Mapúa research to value, following Mapúa’s Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) established in 2011.

“The Technology Licensing Office will make Mapúa’s research and development more responsive not just to the internal needs of the University but also to the needs of society in combating diseases, disasters, and energy issues,” said Dr. Jonathan Salvacion, dean of Mapúa’s School of Graduate Studies.

The TLO will scan for Intellectual Properties (IPs) in the University, covering inventions and works of literature and arts of its faculty and students. The office will check the IPs’ commercialization potentials and will create road maps on how the approved IPs can be brought to the market for commercialization.

One project to be supported by TLO is the University’s Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording System (USHER), a building structure health monitoring system composed of an accelerograph or sensor and web portal, which was developed by Mapúa scientists and engineers headed by Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy, dean of Mapúa’s School of Civil, Environmental, and Geological Engineering.

Mapúa University has hired its technology transfer officer and has undergone a pre-implementation meeting for the TLO with DOST last January 25, 2019.

The development of Mapúa’s TLO is under DOST’s Technology Transfer Program, which provides funding and assistance to local research and development projects in the country for commercialization. The partnership with DOST for the office’s development runs from January 2019 to January of next year. The office will remain part of the Mapúa organization after its one-year partnership with DOST.

Following the project is the development of the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in Mapúa. The TLO will help small companies located in the incubator get on track and put value on their innovations.

“The overall plan is to establish three offices – the Innovation and Technology Support Office, Technology Licensing Office, and the Technology Business Incubator. The establishment of these three offices will make Mapúa research more relevant to the country it serves. These will bring solutions to problems that are socially important and will make knowledge available for dissemination to people,” added Dr. Salvacion.

The Mapúa TLO will be under the University’s Directed Research for Innovation and Value Enhancement (DRIVE), the office created to develop the research capability of the Mapúa system in chemical and environmental engineering, materials science, chemistry, electronics, robotics, and information technology.