University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

UPLB professors learn tech, revisit creativity at a teaching seminar


Practitioners and mentors who have been using technology and who have consciously used innovation and creativity in teaching unfolded a number of possibilities for teachers to effectively teach “millennials.”

This took place on Jan. 17, the second day of the 1st Honing Innovative Teaching Skills Seminar (HITSS) at Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas.

Juan Robertino Macalde, specialist-in-charge at the Flexible Learning Solutions Unit of SEAMEO-INNOTECH, discussed the concepts of distance learning, eLearning and blended learning in terms of the place and time of learning delivery modes. He also introduced other related ICT-based learning concepts such as cloud-based and mobile or ubiquitous learning and content curation.

eLearning, or the use of a computer to deliver part or all of a course, was also  discussed by Dr. Benjamina Paula Flor, a faculty member at the College of Development Communication (CDC), during the panel discussion. She also discussed learning management system, or the software and portals that can serve as virtual classrooms, and content management system, or the applications used in delivering materials in eLearning.

Jon Paul Maligalig, a faculty member at Roosevelt College, discussed ludopedagogy, or using games as educational media, and gamification, or using game thinking and mechanics; while Dr. Jaderick Pabico, professor at the Institute of Computer Science, talked about augmented and virtual reality simulations, which he referred to as digital-based immersive environments that play to the five human senses. Both of them talked about how these approaches could help improve the academic performance of students.

Other UPLB faculty members discussed the need, not only for technology use, but also for innovation and creativity in teaching.

Alleli Esther Domingo, faculty member at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP), encouraged the participants to think out of the box and lead students to pay attention to details in her talk on innovation and creativity. She emphasized the importance of design, story, meaning, play, symphony, and empathy in teaching.

Ana Katrina de Jesus of the Department of Humanities (DHUM) presented her concept of bahay-bahayan system, which encourages playing with students to engage them in the learning process. De Jesus is a faculty member who teaches English courses at the DHUM.

Other faculty members from UPLB joined the panel discussion and shared their and their colleagues’ creative and innovative teaching styles in teaching human physiology, physics and communication theories. These were Dr. Renato Torres of the College of Human Ecology, Rosemarie Eusebio of IMSP and Dr. Mildred Moscoso of CDC, respectively.

The participants acknowledged the importance of both technology and imagination to best teach “millennials.” They called for faster internet connectivity and more information technology equipment to apply technology-based learning. They also articulated feasible creative strategies in teaching some class topics in the future.

Dr. Edmund Centeno, a faculty member at CDC, and Prof. Domingo served as facilitators of the panel discussions.

HITSS was organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs under the leadership of Dr. Portia Lapitan and Prof. Julieta Delos Reyes, vice chancellor and assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, respectively. It ran from Jan. 16 to 18. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)