Filipino educator addresses virtual classroom confab

Filipino educator Jerry Perez de Tagle, CEO of Virtual University.edu Inc.
Written by Ariel , Contributor
Filipino educator Jerry Perez de Tagle, CEO of Virtual University.edu Inc., presented the future scenario of training and education at the recent ''e-Learning 2000'' conference in Singapore.

19 June 2000 (Manila Bulletin) - In his talk sponsored by Hewlett Packard, "A Learning Revolution: Multiple Intelligence and the Virtual Classroom," Jerry Perez de Tagle conducted an on-the-ground presentation live before 250 participants in the audience and online in six countries with 14 sites using the Virtual Classroom platform of Hewlett Packard.

The whole presentation was an Internet learning demo, conducted with the use of a multi intelligent distance learning (MIDL), a protocol developed by Perez de Tagle while he was a professor at Syracuse University in New York in 1986.

Multiple Intelligence is a Harvard-based approach that uses six more intelligences in addition to linguistic and logic-math, the two intelligences usually used in teaching.

The six other intelligences - musical, intra-personal, inter-personal, naturalist, visual, and body-kinesthetic - are combined in the Internet to present a "Webucation" standard that overcomes the usual obstacle to distance learning boredom and ineffectiveness.

Games are played while disco and soothing music, group interaction and emotional impact are employed to reinforce the learning process successfully.

VirtualUniversity.edu, a new dotcom company that syndicates world class providers of distance learning into a quality education, uses the Multiple Intelligences approach in its distance e-learning program.

Lyn Hudson, the English resident manager of Morgan & Banks, said that it was "an interactive, fun and stimulating journey demonstrating how the e-learning revolution has something to suit the needs of every learner."

The sole Filipino presenter among the internationally distinguished speakers, Perez de Tagle presented some future training and education scenarios.

"Fifty to 75 percent of adult learning will be Internet-delivered. The quality of teaching will be enhanced with the affordability of netcasting world class educators. Ten to 80 percent reduction of education/learning cost per learner. Major redesign work of learning programs will use the MIDL protocol as the standard. 'In your face' learning appliances will be commonplace with anytime-anywhere access through wireless, WAP, SMS applications. An unprecedented learning revolution similar to the impact of Gutenberg's movable type press will occur as a global equalizer especially for developing countries."

Perez de Tagle also noted that the size of the US education and training industry is now estimated as a US$1 trillion market. "While the Southeast Asian and Philippine markets may be small in comparison, their potential in sheer human volume is significant as the next 'killer application' in the Internet revolution."

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