This chapter contains the background of the study. This serves as an overview to the study, introducing the problems and the proposed system.
Background of the Study
Today the Internet has provided great opportunities for enterprise integration among internal departments, external partners and other service providers. Web services systems have recently found their way into many applications such as e-commerce, corporate portals and e-learning. According to Craig Nowlin and Gerry Bliss (2000), Portal is a term, generally synonymous with gateway, for a World Wide Web (WWW) site that is or proposes to be a major starting site for users when they get connected to the Web or that users tend to visit as an anchor site. Some major general portals include Yahoo, Excite, Netscape, Lycos, CNET, Microsoft Network, and America Online's AOL.com. A number of large access providers offer portals to the Web for their own users. Companies with portal sites have attracted much stock market investor interest because portals are viewed as able to command large audiences and numbers of advertising viewers. Typical services offered by portal sites include a facility to search for other sites, news, weather information, e-mail, stock quotes, phone and map information, and sometimes a community forum. Excite is among the first portals to offer users the ability to create a site that is personalized for individual interests. Aside from business companies, popular universities and campuses here in the Philippines such as University of the East, FEU East Asia College, and Technological Institute of the Philippines are already implementing Academic Portals to provide enhanced services and improved student’s learning experience. They use these portals to extend services to their students such as viewing their grades, subject lectures, class schedules, announcement of events and etc. In Pangasinan, Pangasinan State University (PSU) Urdaneta Campus is one of the prestige campuses because it provides quality of education. The Campus is located at Brgy. San Vicente, Urdaneta City. At present, the Campus is experiencing a difficulty in information dissemination among the students regarding updates on Campus activities and same way to Faculty relaying information on class meetings. Because of this dilemma, the Proponents found out that students usually are not updated to Campus activities thus they seldom participate into it. They missed some classroom activities. Information such as sudden suspension of classes, faculty and students are only notified when they already arrived at the Campus. Traditionally, most of the students do not take notes of their lessons/discussions at class. The student prefers to consult their instructor on the references on their lessons and do their own research in the library. Other faculty provides summarized print and soft copy of lectures, homework, case studies, and other workloads for their subjects. One way to disseminate the information needed by the students is to announce or instruct them about what to do, or announcements written or printed on paper posted on walls. However, not all students can rely on those announcements and seldom read neither looks at it. Since the Campus implement standards in teaching and learning process, this study aims to propose an innovative approach that can improve its current state and help students to be more productive in learning by providing them easier and more convenient to gather resources from their subjects. It is for this reason that the study on easier or alternative way to resolve problems on information dissemination and to improve learning experience of students was conducted. On this notion, PSU Urdaneta Campus Academic Portal is proposed to provide a portal wherein students can have access to their instructor’s lectures, report schedules, participate on discussions and share thoughts through the use of the Internet. The proposed PSU...