Mr. Arnel C. Maghinay, Mr. Rodrigo N. Gangoso and Mr. Giovani N. Ten, researchers from the College of Accountancy, Business Education and Computer Studies (CABECS), with the assistance of the Research and Planning Office, conducted a technology evaluation (TE) on March 8 and 31, 2016 of the software they have developed for Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod which is expected to facilitate convenience in the process of evaluating the annual performance of the faculty. The process for technology evaluation enables the researchers to develop software that is tailor-fit to the needs of its intended users at the same time explore on its positive and negative externalities. It was also through this TE that the software was further developed to optimize its functions (taking note of its other potential benefits and having it redesigned so that these may be delivered) and introducing interventions to mitigate its probable drawbacks.
Named after its developers, the RGA software possesses fully customizable criteria for evaluating the faculty whereby intended user levels may include or exclude parameters depending on need. Each parameter can be attached with its corresponding point system which comes in handy for determining performance rating. For purposes of clarification, it also hosts a feature for communication allowing the faculty members to send inquiries to the evaluators and vice versa. In addition, it allows for the storage of information and scanned copies of documents for verification purposes. To further the efficiency in the evaluation of faculty performance, the software is capable of instantly generating a summary report for departmental and individual faculty performance and provides printed hard copy. It can also be accessed from different platforms such as desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. As to security features, each personal account is capable of password customization and log-ins are through Completely Automated Public Turning Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHA). In addition, stored information is cryptographically hashed via Message Digest Algorithm 5 (MD5).
The middle managers and the faculty were involved in the process of TE giving them a hands-on experience on the use of the software at the same time elicit for feedback needed to further improve it in terms of its capacity to satisfy intended users. The aforementioned software is deemed to be integrated into the processes of the school within the next academic year 2016-2017.