ARCS team bats for hybrid training after pilot review

ARCS Team doing onsite training session for Timber and Lime Multipurpose Cooperative last March 2022. Photo by CJ Duque.

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Now that travel restrictions have been virtually lifted, the developer of the Advanced Robust Cooperative System (ARCS) is pushing to conduct more onsite training activities supported by an online learning methodology. This hybrid setup was one of the key insights from the ARCS training report of the pilot cooperatives that was recently published by IOL Inc., the developer of the ARCS.

According to IOL Inc.’s Marketing Officer, Kurt Lee Gayao, the team found that many of the cooperatives that are part of the pilot implementation of the ARCS in the Cordillera region were able to attend many of the online training sessions. However, IOL did not notice a significant uptick in the usage of the ARCS even after the training sessions.

“Most cooperatives have attended at least one training session except for three. We also note that the common reasons for not attending the sessions are prior commitments to completing their compliance reports and conducting their general assembly,”

Kurt Lee Gayao, presenting the result of the ARCS training sessions CDA – CAR

Gayao suggested during the presentation attended by the CDA-CAR Director Marietta Hwang that more face-to-face or onsite onboarding and training activities be held instead of doing these activities purely online, citing their experience with two cooperatives. Based on their documented feedback, the two cooperatives found it easier to use the system after the onsite training.

IOL also plans to further strengthen its learning community by establishing the ARCS Academy, an e-learning and certification platform that aims to help users of the system learn more about the system online at their own pace. Giving users more options and access to a community of learners online can hopefully make it easier for cooperatives to onboard into the system.

ARCS is a platform for cooperative data management and reporting. The ARCS’s research and development (R&D) is partially funded by the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology R&D (DOST-PCIEERD). The CDA-CAR supports the pilot program in the Cordillera region.

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