Online Distance Education

Approximately 50,000 students attend John B. Lacson Maritime University. Being the only maritime university in Philippines and the first maritime university in Asia, with its commitment for the development of a culture of excellence in maritime education and training, it responds to the need of time by acknowledging the practical and operational advancement of Online Distance Learning (ODL) mode of delivery.

Distance learning is a tool for e-commerce and used to leverage the intellectual capital of educational organizations. Distance learning via the Internet combined with multi-media platforms can satisfy the demand for alternative forms of education. A learning management system (LMS) is software used for delivering, tracking and managing training/education. LMSs range from systems for managing training/educational records to software for distributing courses over the Internet and offering features for online collaboration.

E-learning is naturally suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but can also be used in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, in which case the term Blended learning is commonly used. The evolvement of E-learning services has been present since computers were first used in education and there is a trend to move towards blended learning services, where computer-based activities are integrated with practical or classroom-based situations.

This study examines the outcome of pedagogic practice of LMS through eFront in Online Distance Learning of JBLFMU with the aim to identify the features of online distance learning which overcomes distance, time and space, makes education and training available to clients at all times; giving them opportunity to learn new skills, gain further instruction for enhancement of skills and knowledge and become marketable.

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