As countries rush to prepare future naval officers for the high-tech workload on advanced ships, software developers have come up with highly responsive Learning Management Systems (LMS) for their education and training software applications that ensure strict adherence to the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended. .
For those who are not yet familiar with IT lingo, LMS is a software application for automating enrollment, administration, documentation, activity tracking, reporting and reporting. the provision of educational courses, training programs or learning and development programs. One of them is MINERVA LMS, a web application with an associated mobile application that provides comprehensive solutions specifically for students of the BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMARE) programs at maritime higher education institutions. (MHEI) from registration to graduation. .
MINERVA was developed by ELOSOFT Inc. with specifications provided by the Training Resource Management Foundation (TRMF) led and funded by CE Romeo C. Luzuriaga, PhD holder. in educational management. Luzuriaga said the web application would make life easier not only for maritime students but also for MHEI administrators, as it covers the main processes of an MHEI with features unique to maritime institutions, while the mobile companion provides access anytime, anywhere to learning materials for students. .
He stressed that the use of MINERVA over other similar applications is, “It facilitates outcome-based education by providing a course setup that aligns identifies each topic with the STCW specification. All content is centralized. , ensuring standardization across the curriculum and consistency in the delivery of each course. “
In addition, it contributes to the effective management of instructor competencies since the end product of each course setup generates instructor guides. Instructors receive standard and STCW compliant content for each subject in each course. Minerva is learner-centered because it ensures student participation. “Most importantly, it cannot be fooled since the app uses FACIAL RECOGNITION to log into the system.
This ensures that the enrolled student is the student himself who undertakes the online learning. This detection is also done intermittently and without the knowledge of the student when online. “
The facial recognition feature of the app works when the student is using mobile devices on Android or iOS platforms.
It is also preloaded with basic content such as courses, topics, instructor guide, scenarios for BSMarE and BSMT. Unlike most other LMSs, MINERVA includes specific maritime college content, as deck and engine training is provided as part of the system. The more than 300 scenarios for BSMT and 250 for BSMarE are prepared by experts for practical application of the subjects learned using simulators and equipment available in school facilities. MINERVA has also been designed to achieve quality according to world standards. Standardized and results-based education will contribute significantly to the production of quality, world-class maritime graduates, truly prepared for the global standard.
The use of MINERVA provides the assurance that future maritime professionals have been trained in strict compliance with the STCW Convention; thus, they have the skills required for naval officers in the international fleet. This development is timely as it is planned to add an additional year to the BSMT and BSMarE programs which would devote a considerable period to training on simulators.