MINERVA BC NEWMAN
CEBU CITY – The University of the Visayas – Gullas College of Medicine (UV-GCM) in Cebu City and the PLDT Enterprises forged a partnership for connectivity and e-Learning solutions to redefine the future of learning through its continuous engagements with universities, colleges, schools and learning institutions across the country.
According to Dr. Rosemarie Español, Vice President for Finance and Administration of UV-GCM that the school is now taking the steps to usher in a cutting-edge method of delivery in collaboration with PLDT Enterprise, which is the best in the business.
Español said that the school availed of Microsoft Education A3 licenses for its faculty and students that cover the use of the Learning Management System (LMS) via the easy-to-understand Microsoft 365 platform.
“This allowed the teachers to use SharePoint in delivering educational materials to their students, to hold classes in online classrooms and to use Microsoft Teams in meeting online with their students. Both faculty and students have complete access to the Office 365 collaboration and productivity apps,” Español added.
According to Jimmy Chua, AVP & Head of Corporate Relationship Management of PLDT Enterprise – Visayas that Smart Communities, Smart Network’s corporate social responsibility and community service program, has a Smart Study program that gives student-friendly options for pocket WiFi devices, which UV-GCM signed up for.
Chua said that the school is incorporating Infocast into its efforts as well, which will enhance the LMS functionality of Microsoft Teams extending an omnichannel approach to communication.
Furthermore, UV-GCM also signed up for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) SIM subscription to be used by its faculty. This SIM-only plan is a cost-saving and flexible measure that allows their faculty to use their existing phones with Smart SIM cards on the Smart network.
“We at PLDT Enterprise continues to bring innovative solutions to the table, especially at this time when our academic sector is breaking new ground during this pandemic,” Chua added.