/ 23 April 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Education plans to make the virtual In-Service Training and DepEd Commons more accessible to teachers and learners.

Education Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua proposed to conduct the virtual INSET regularly after the initiative reached five million participants nationwide.

In the proposal, necessary training materials will still be uploaded to the DepEd Commons and the DepEd Learning Management System to encourage participants to engage at their own pace.

“The virtual INSET for public school teachers is DepEd’s biggest online user activity to date. Views from different streaming platforms were recorded at around 5 million on the first day alone, so we are proposing to make this on a regular basis to train our teachers remotely,” Pascua said.

DepEd Commons also reached new heights during the INSET week as it tallied at least 10 million unique users who grabbed the opportunity to enhance their Education Technology knowledge.

“The significant reach of DepEd Commons is a feat that should not be ignored nor brushed aside, but rather be built up to have wider acceptance and recognition,” Pascua said.

Last year, the DepEd Commons quickly became fourth in the overall trending Google searches. It also ranked number 1 in the most searched topic under the education category in the Philippines.

The DEPED’s Office of the Undersecretary for Administration is planning to have an aggressive and strategic campaign to promote DepEd Commons in areas with internet and data connectivity.

These OERs will be uploaded to the DepEd Commons platform, and can also be the basis of scripts for DepEd TV Episodes.

DepEd Commons and VINSET are part of the Public Schools of the Future Framework’s Digital Rise Program of the Administration Strand under the leadership of Education Secretary Leonor Briones.