The Department of Education (DepEd) will upgrade its online educational platform “DepEd Commons” to allow an increase in the number of users that can access the site simultaneously.

This is in aid of the distance learning method of education set to be implemented by August.

During the recent “Sa Handang Isip, Handa Bukas” Online Press Conference, Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said that they are currently upgrading the DepEd Commons to cater to more users.

“We have about 8.4 million unique users in DepEd Commons at this time. We would want to reach out all of the 17 million, or even more than the 17 million learners that we have including the teachers,” said Usec. Pascua.

Pascua said that DepEd is in the process of doing integrity testing of the platform to accommodate more users by August in aid of the distance learning of the department.

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Pascua noted however that the site has been able to handle current users.

“When we started last March 17, which was while the fourth grading period was ongoing during the pandemic, the DepEd Commons didn’t crash,” Pascua said in Filipino. “This means that the platform is stable. Even when we used what we call the ‘learning management system’ for the webinars wherein there were more than 45,000 participants, the DepEd Commons remained stable and didn’t encounter any problems,” he said.

The DepEd Commons is an online educational platform made by the department even before the time of the pandemic, in cooperation with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

The platform aims to support the distance learning of the teachers and learners both from public and private schools.

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