The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) in coordination with the Instructional Support and Materials Production Center (ISMPC) and the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) organized yet another activity that shall strengthen the university’s move towards complying with the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) educational reforms, which includes the adaptation of outcomes-based education (OBE).
A three-day training-writeshop on “Designing an Outcomes-Based Syllabus Integrating Gender, Peace and Eco-Friendly Themes” was held from November 10-12 at Cecille’s Catering and Pension House, Tumaga Porcentro, this city.
VPAA Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena welcomed the deans, department heads and faculty members from the college, high school and elementary departments who were participants to the writeshop organized by training consultants Dr. Ochotorena, Dr. Raquel Tomasa R. Ho (CCE Director) and assistant training consultants: Dr. Mario R. Obra, Jr. (CCE Assistant Director), Dr. Gloria G. Florendo (Special Programs and Projects Office Director), Engr. Elsa A. Saavedra (Special Assistant to the VPAA), and Ms. Berhana I. Flores (Director, Instructional Support and Materials Production).
The three-day training covered a wide range of topics—from the briefing of Outcomes-Based Basic and Higher Education (OBE-CHED Framework/Instructional Planning) by Dr. Susan dela Cruz to different subjects where workshops in relation to writing a new form of syllabus subsequently followed.
Dr. Milagros Tan oriented the participants with updates on Writing the OBE Instructional Objectives, with a detailed discussion on how to formulate and refine the instructors’ syllabi.
Following Dr. Tan’s talk was Dr. Mario R. Obra, Jr. who lectured on Selecting OBE Teaching Strategies for Active Student Centered Learning and Prof. Ricardo G. Elizalde’s talk on Measuring Student Learning Outcomes (Alternative Assessments/Rubric Making).
For the second day of the seminar, the following topics were lectured by the respective speakers: Integrating Topics on Gender and Development by Prof. Rosalyn Echem; Integrating Topics on Peace Education and Human Security by Dr. Marcelina Carpizo; Integrating Eco-Friendly Themes with the following topics: Environmental Concepts and Principles , Fresh Water and Marine Conservation by Prof. Vivian Fonollera; Environmental Laws by Engr. Dewi Puspa L. Tingkahan, State of International and Local Environment, Threats of Environmental Degradation and its Impact on Human Well-Being and Waste Segregation by Dr. Jihan Adil; Relevant Livelihood Opportunities and qEconomic Benefits by Prof. Lucio Somblingo; Local Environmental Practices by Prof. Fredelino San Juan; The Value of Conservation/Protection and Rehabilitation of Natural Resources in the Context of Sustainable Development and Forest Management Conservation by Prof. Almudi Lukman; and Prof. Ardel Barre’s talk on Tree Planting.
Day 2 wrapped up with a Syllabi Enhancement OBE Writeshop facilitated by Dr. Milagros Tan.
The last day of the training was allotted for the presentation of outputs by the participants and at the end of the day, the University President, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho graced the event as she inspired the WMSU instructors to take part in the development of the university by effectively contributing through their own ways. (Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)