Our goal at Minreeva is to make the playing field a little even when it comes to available technology for education. I'm sure that most of us will agree that as of the moment, that educational technology is more of a luxury than a requirement. In all honesty, only the biggest companies and the large schools/universities have ready access to eLearning. In Minreeva, our mission is to make e/mLearning available to everyone - with our ultimate goal: to bring the Philippines to the forefront of the global eLearning / mLearning scene.
With that sentiment now aside, let's see how we can push eLearning in the Philippines further.
1. Better Legislation
In this aspect, I'm relieved to say that we are slowly progressing. Within the past few months it was proven that the Philippines has the slowest internet vis-a-vis price - at least in the ASEAN. This has caused a probe by the legislative branch of the government on local telco companies. Better internet services at lower prices would definitely make eLearning in the Philippines more accessible.
Try approaching anyone on the street and ask them if ever they've experienced eLearning, and most probably you'll be met with a blank stare. This happens to me almost every time. When someone asks me what I do for a living and then I try to explain - I get a blank stare as a reaction. I'm getting the idea that eLearning in the Philippines is only limited to a select few.
How do we push awareness then? I guess being more active in the social media scene. Everyone's on social media nowadays - and what's the best way to reach a lot of people, in a short period of time, with minimal effort? Yes. Social Media. The setback that we have on eLearning in the Philippines is that there are only A FEW ACTIVE online communities locally, as compared to, let's say, the US or the UK. Try doing a search on Facebook or even Google on elearning communities in the Philippines, you'll most probably get only a handful - and most of them are inactive.
What comes together with awareness? Education, of course! I'd like to say that awareness just isn't enough; we have to be educated on what eLearning is and what things are required to execute it. Moreover, we need to make eLearning available as a course to our current and future educators. In this way, we can spread the word, and better equip our educators with the proper know-how on how to leverage technology in the classrooms.
There you go! I know it's quite a tall order - especially for a developing country like the Philippines, but I believe that with better awareness and education, we can make our way to the forefront of the global eLearning scene.