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GOOgle-docs at Hand: ITCPH's Online Training Evaluation
Equipped with the idea of innovating the overall training evaluation platform and utilizing new media offerings, the International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH) now practices evaluation of its trainings and resource person online through google docs. It is aimed to lessen document preparations and for an easier and efficient evaluation process.
Google docs is an online word processor which is a part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The suite allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating with other users in real time. The app is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. It also consists of Google Forms (survey software), Google Drawings (diagramming software) and Google Fusion Tables (database manager; experimental). While forms and tables are only available as web applications, drawings are also available as a Chrome app. Meanwhile, it is tightly integrated with Google Drive and that all files created with the apps are by default saved to Google Drive.
Since the Center conducts wide range of trainings simultaneously, it was observed that evaluation seems to be difficult to do sometimes aside from the fact that its time consuming. Considering this, the Center’s training and monitoring and evaluation team in coordination with the information services opted to maximize the accessibility and functionality of google docs to address the abovementioned concern. After its presentation in the teacher’s meeting, it was decided upon that its simulation be done to all ITCPH staff including those in farm operations to see its efficiency, determine any possible interference that may arise in its implementation and make appropriate actions on it. Evaluation forms created in the google docs are patterned to the already existing training evaluation forms. Also, two (2) main accounts were created to ensure that only the Administrator and Evaluation Officer can have access on the results.
The simulation was conducted on September 23 (10 am onwards) at the Center’s Audio-Visual Room. A total of 18 staff from administrative, technical and farm operations served participants of said endeavor. It lasted for an hour and documented a success. Upon realizing its readiness for adoption and utilization for the trainings left this year, it was officially applied on October.
It is hoped that this app will be of great significance to the ITCPH in meeting its targets and objectives most especially in providing quality services to its clientele.