AN EVALUATION OF THE COMPUTER LITERACY TRAINING EXTENSION PROGRAM OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION OF ILOILO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY MIAGAO CAMPUS

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This study evaluated the computer literacy training extension program of the Information Technology Division of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) Miagao Campus. A descriptive-evaluative method was used to evaluate the training program
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  AN EVALUATION OF THE COMPUTER LITERACY TRAINING EXTENSION PROGRAM OF THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION OF ILOILO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY MIAGAO CAMPUS Dr. Ramil G. Lumauag 1 , Prof. Lilanie N. Cubita 2 Iloilo Science and Technology University Miagao Campus 1 Head of Instruction, ramilglumauag@gmail.com, 09285544041 2 Research Coordinator, lilaniecubita@yahoo.com, 09985553231 Abstract This study evaluated the computer literacy training extension program of the Information Technology Division of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) Miagao Campus. A descriptive-evaluative method was used to evaluate the training program on the use of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel Application among barangay officials in the municipality of Miagao and Department of Education (DepEd) teachers in Miagao District. The training program as  perceived by the respondents is beneficial since it makes their work easier and faster. They also applied the skills they learned in the training to their workplace which makes them productive and creative. The respondents believed that the extension training program help them a lot on enhancing their skills. The respondents suggested to have further trainings in other relevant  fields.  Keywords: Extension Evaluation, Extension Program, Extension Services   Introduction The academe is one of the main actors in the society which could possibly effect change  by way of empowering the people in the community. Community extension services respond not  just the needs of community but to the Vision-Mission of the University (Gonzales, 2009). The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) Miagao Campus promotes research and development programs to advance science and technology and undertake sustainable extension activities. The Information Technology Division of ISAT U Miagao Campus has been extending community extension services to respond to the needs of the community as well enhance the capacity of the faculty in their field of expertise. A computer literacy training program is one of the extension services offered by the Information Technology Division. Before conducting the extension program, a needs assessment survey was conducted in order to identify what are the particular needs of community. Training on the use of Microsoft Office Application were conducted among barangay officials and teachers in the municipality of Miagao. These training program helps the beneficiaries on how to use the computers and office applications in their work and offices to speed up their task as and prepare documents for their reports. The need for evaluating the extension program of the university is essential in order to assess its impact to the community and improve the planning of the program. This study generally aims to evaluate the Computer Literacy Extension Program of the Information Technology Department of ISAT U Miagao Campus.   Specifically, it aims to: 1.   To describe the perceived benefits of the services extended to the following: a.   Barangay Officials  b.   DepEd Teacher 2.   To determine the application of skills learned from the training to the beneficiariesÕ workplace. 3.   To find out some services that the beneficiaries wants for further training. Paradigm of the Study Figure 1. Paradigm of the Study ISAT U Miagao Campus BS Information Technology Extension Program Beneficiaries "#   $%&'%()%* +%,%-(./ +#   0112('".(3, 3- /4(22/ 2%"&,%* -&35 .6% .&"(,(,7 '#   8%%*/ -3& -9&.6%& .&"(,(,7 Feedback   Figure 1 shows the conceptual paradigm of the study. The extension program was established to provide relevant trainings to the target beneficiaries. Before the training a needs assessment is conducted to identify the particular services to be given to the beneficiaries. After the training an evaluation is conducted to assess the perceived benefits, and to assess the application skills learned in the training. The needs for further training was also identified in order to upgrade their knowledge and skills and also to establish a sustainable extension  program. The result of the evaluation will serve as the basis for improvement the improvement of the extension program. Methodology Research Design This study used the descriptive-evaluative method. This evaluation type of research intends to gain an understanding of the successes and challenges that the Extension implementers face so as to guide future activities in a positive way (Codamon-Dugyon, 2016). Respondents Table 1. Respondents of the Study Respondents No. of Respondents Type of Training Punong Barangay/ Barangay Secretaries 17 MS Word Application Punong Barangay/ Barangay Treasurer 11 MS Excel Application DepEd Teachers 20 MS Word/MS Excel Application The respondents of the study were seventeen (17) trainees of Microsoft Word Application  which is composed of barangay captains and secretaries, eleven (11) trainees of Microsoft Excel Application composed of barangay captains and treasurers of the Municipality of Miagao and twenty (20) Department of Education (DepEd) Teachers of Miagao District. Table 1 shows the respondents of the study. Research Instrument A researcher-made questionnaire was utilized to gather that data from the respondents. Statistical Treatment Frequency count and percentage were used to determine the result of the study and it was tabulated using the SPSS. Results and Discussions The results of the study based on the identified variables are hereby presented through graphs and textual discussions. Perceived benefits of the Extension Services to the Beneficiaries Figure 2. Perceived benefits of the extension services to barangay captains and barangay secretaries.   !"  !"# % &'( #  )!# % *+,- ./01 ,2 3456 507/869 !$  :;# % 05</ /--=>6 !$  :;# % 05</ 6,?/ %  );# % 05</ >/0=@>8/0 %  );# % ?,2,?,A/ 35065B/ =- 0@77C,/0D,E 64/ 6>5,2,2B F/2/-,6 .=@ 50 5 F5>52B5. =--,8,5C9
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