Bachelor’s Degree students at DIU can now do most of their coursework by Internet. They can download materials, submit assignments, communicate with teachers and other students, and participate in class discussions without leaving home, as long as their computer has an internet connection.
As an initial experiment, students in selected courses will study in ‘blended’ mode, that is, they will attend classes, but will access materials and submit assignments online.
The system, or “moodle”, as it is called internationally, was set up in the Philippines by Mr. Gerald Castillo and Mr. Steven Palacios on behalf of DIU. They have built the customized system in close contact with DIU President Raymond Zepp, who has overseen the project and developed course materials for all Foundation Year subjects. Materials for each lesson include a summary reading of the main topic, English vocabulary questions, reading comprehension questions, a ‘discussion forum’ question for class participation, and internet search exercises.
In the future, the online system will be extended to all undergraduate courses, as well as Master’s degree courses. With all lessons totally online, DIU can offer its courses to students around Cambodia, or even around the world, since they can do all their work online without ever coming to Battambang.