UM- Globe partnership for campus WiFi and Digital Thumbprint Program officially launched

Internet connectivity is now more accessible than ever in the University of Mindanao as it officially launched the campus Free GoWifi service, its partnership with Globe Telecommunications.

Pilot tested last June 8 at its Matina and Bolton campuses, the Free GoWifi allows 30 minutes of connectivity on each Wifi enabled device, so students can access social media and for other purposes like research and communication. Once the free minutes have been used up, users can then opt to continue their surfing hours via utilizing their load to purchase affordable Internet surfing packages on the Auto GoWifi selection that appears on their device’s list of Wifi connections.

UM is one of the pioneering universities that have utilized the Globe Wifi service, and at the official launch held Thursday, June 28, UM President Guillermo P. Torres Jr said it is a testament to the university’s continuous effort at equipping students with the best technologies to enhance their learning experience.

Dr. Torres giving the welcome address.

The Globe GoWifi services are among the choices students can opt for when needing to use the Internet for their school work, apart from the university’s own Wifi system.

“UM is at the forefront of continuing improvements,” said Dr. Torres in his address to the audience, which included the UM heads of offices, and top executives at Globe which included Cleo Santos, Vice President for Globe myBusiness; Derrick Heng, Senior Adviser for Small and Medium Business Group; Grace Anduiza, Head for Business Development and Service Delivery; and Patrick Steven Gloria, Director for External Affairs- VisMin region and also of the Corporate and Legal Services Group.

Also exciting is the introduction of Globe’s Digital Thumbprint Program, a 4-module program aimed at teaching responsibility on the Internet, navigating the Internet effectively, as well as how to protect oneself online.

According to Globe’s primer on the Digital Thumbprint Program, the modules are 1) Digital Insight, which features activities to help students discern proper online behavior and securing their information, 2) Digital Impact, which tackles how technology affects students’ social activities, 3) Digital Ambition, which equips learners with skills on using technology to help them achieve their life goals, and 4) Digital Discernment, which teaches students how to spot false information online.

“We believe that Globe as a company can complement UM’s initiatives at improving access to technology, while at the same time help to understand the needs of educators and their students,” said Santos.

UM Chief Information Officer Edgardo Castillo said introduction of the Digital Thumbprint Program to students and employees of the university is still under discussion to determine the proper avenue, but commended the program for aiming to promote digital literacy among a population becoming more and more exposed and dependent on the Internet and other communication technologies.

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