Using an LMS to make classes more engaging

De La Salle University - Dasmariñas is a Catholic university founded in 1911 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The University has gained its reputation as a premier higher education institution in the Philippines. The university has received countless awards and recognitions for its research endeavors as well as environmental trusts. It was also named Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology and was identified as an Academic Center for Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation.

University Manila, Philippines

Jenielyn Padernal - Director DLSU-D Center for Innovative Learning Programs, Roland M. Ruben - Virtual Learning Environment Coordinator, and Ernesto Ramos Jr. - Learning Object Coordinator, share their experience using NEO LMS.

When did you start using NEO and how was the adoption process?

Jenielyn Padernal: NEO was introduced in our school in 2010 and we have been using it for almost 7 years now. We started with the free version of NEO, with a couple of students using it and some selected teachers. Later we decided we are ready to go premium. We decided to subscribe for 7000 students, and then a year later, we added the remaining students, bringing us to a total of 14.000 students. NEO has made lessons more interactive, more engaging, and we are saving a lot of money from not having to print class materials anymore.

One of the key factors in the successful adoption of NEO in our university was the support from our leaders. They are open minded when it comes to the use of technology in the classroom, and when they saw that this would benefit the school, they decided to invest in NEO.

What improvements have you noticed since using NEO?

Jenielyn Padernal: In terms of ROI we are now able to open more online courses, more online programs which is a source of additional enrollment for our school. We made our courses accessible to local and international learners. NEO has improved learning, teaching, and the use of technology for these activities.

How have you encouraged teachers to use NEO for their classes?

Roland M. Ruben: To support our teachers in the use of NEO we give face-to-face training and online training. We give individual and group training. We also offer support through phone or email.

We encourage our teachers by sharing with them best practices. We have e-learning forums, a radio show to inform them about what’s new in e-learning, and we always assure them that they have our support.

What do you like most about NEO?

Roland M. Ruben: Parents just love the fact that they can monitor their children’s lessons, assessments and overall performance.

Jenielyn Padernal: NEO is easy to use but very powerful. With NEO learning has become ubiquitous in our university. Our students and teachers can now access lessons anytime, anywhere.

Ernesto Ramos: Students love the freedom of studying at any time and they find NEO fun and engaging.

What’s your recommendation for schools who want to adopt NEO as their LMS?

Jenielyn Padernal: Start with the free version and assess if it fits your needs. Assess the capability of the school, teachers, and students when it comes to the use of technology in education.

NEO has made students more engaged in learning and teachers have been more motivated to use technology in the classroom.