Webinar discussing PE curriculum in the new normal held

Webinar discussing PE curriculum in the new normal held

by Darlton-Ace Tero, CED

The Department of Physical Education (DPE) of the College of Education hosted a webinar on Physical Education Curriculum Standards, Designs and Strategies for Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and Department of Education (DepEd) during the New Normal on April 15, 2021. 

The webinar that was held via Zoom featured four education experts from MSU-IIT, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Region X, and Department of Education (Central Office) as resource speakers discussing topics on PE curriculum in the new normal and flexible learning.

Prof. Corazon T. Biong, PhD, Chairperson of the MSU-IIT’s  College of Education’s Curriculum Committee and faculty member of the Department of Physical Education, discussed Curriculum Planning, Development, Implementation and Evaluation in the New Normal. 

In her talk, Prof. Biong presented the methods and strategies of the DPE’s implementation of the Innovative Flexible (InFlex) learning-teaching modality, Remote Teaching Learning (RTL) synchronous and asynchronous delivery,  and MSU IIT’S Online Learning Environment (MOLE). She also shared what learning materials can be used and that there are other online resources that can be utilized by PE teachers.

To improve curriculum strategies, Prof. Biong encouraged the participants to partner with local and international HEIs, with CHED and DepEd, and other stakeholders. 

Education Supervisor II of CHED Region X, Ms. Rose Mae T. Lumasag also gave a lecture on Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions in the Implementation of Flexible Learning.

“As to how to continue teaching and learning beyond the usual face to face institution and with the current situation of the new normal is through a ‘Catch Up’ plan of HEIs, which would include specified alternative modes of teaching and learning delivery; contact hour requirements for subjects/programs; modified internship/ OJT activities; adjustment on the assessment of student’s outcomes; and decision on graduation platforms,” Ms. Lumasag said.

She also pointed out that under the leadership of Chairman Prospero E. De Vera III, by virtue of  Republic Act. No. 11469 “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and the approved guidelines in the implementation of flexible learning, there is an urgent need to explore other innovative learning modalities that will facilitate migration from traditional ways of doing instruction to flexible teaching and learning options. 

“The learners are differently situated in terms of individual time, places and mode of paces, that is why the innovative options of flexible learning allows customization on the delivery modes in order to respond to the students’ need for them to access quality education in the new normal. Flexible learning will give liberty to the students to choose the kind of delivery mode convenient to them according to the capacity of their resources and convenience to their economic status,” she said.

Ms. Lumasag asserted that teachers of HEIs should provide quality education and not make any reasons to lower down the standards due to the pandemic. Profession enhancement for the faculty developmental plan should also be considered.

Dr. Lordinio Vergara, CHED Technical Committee Member in PE and Sports and Wellness Management, discussed in the webinar the following topics: The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) and Proposed Tertiary Curriculum; COVID-19 Crisis Context and Education Response; and Philippine Normal University’s (PNU) Approach to Flexible Learning and PNU’s IPEHRDS Initiatives.

Dr. Vergara said that the 2012 Technical Panel for Teacher Education (TPTE) made a series of meetings and workshops for the review of CHED Memorandum Order No. 30, series of 2004. The said meetings have led to the development of a framework for Philippine Teacher Education in the 21st century, pathways for the undergraduate degree programs, as well as guiding principles and assertions for the revision of the teacher education curriculum. 

He said that the guiding principles of the Current Imperatives for the 21st Century Teacher Education Curriculum led to a greater emphasis on teacher values, 21st century skills and pedagogical content knowledge, expansion of roles and responsibilities that are shared to other professional’s new job opportunities, and personalizing learning for individual students to accommodate greater diversity in different learning context.

Dr. Vergara, who is also the Vice-President of the University Relations and Advancement of the Philippine Normal University (PNU) also talked about the PNU’s approach to learning and PNU-IPHERDS initiatives. He said that PNU’s approach is the “Flexible Learning Delivery”: KAWAY-ARALAN sa BAGONG KADAWYAN. 

He shared that the PNU Outcome-based Teacher Education Curriculum (PNU OBTEC) has an embedded Flexible Learning Activity (FLA) as an instructional design. FLAs are multi- and interdisciplinary activities to support the expected outcome of the course. Most FLAS are done using learning management systems. 

The webinar’s fourth resource speaker was Mr. Jerry F. Crausus, Supervising Education Program Specialist, Bureau of Curriculum Development – DepEd Central Office. His topic focused on K-12 Physical Education Standards, Designs, and Strategies in DepEd During the New Normal.

During his talk, Mr. Crausus cited the difference between the traditional and K to 12 PE. He said that traditional PE is about developing the skill competence in sports and activities, existing resources, has sports-dominated content and is teacher-centered, while the K-12 PE Curriculum is standards-based, has desired learning outcomes, and is learner-centered. 

Mr. Crausus also mentioned that standards (content and performance standards) should be retained, focus still on the attainment of 21st century skills, the codes and tagged materials must be retained for merged and retained competencies, and all learning areas still be taught and must be aligned with the Sulong Edukalidad framework. 

Mr. Crausus pointed out that motivation is important to distant learners and teachers should aim to make a cognitive, affective and psychomotor evaluation that ignores the interruptions in the continuity of learning and includes the individual capacities of the students. He added that the fitness level of the students should always be given consideration and ensure regular movement in order for them to be healthy especially during the pandemic.

To watch a replay of the webinar, you may click here.

MSU-IIT research project awarded USAID Grant

MSU-IIT research project awarded USAID Grant

by Michelle Jeanne Caracut, OC/OPI 

Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) has been named as a grantee by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) of a research and innovation grant that aims to help Philippine universities address challenges in the new normal.

The grant was given for an MSU-IIT research project that focuses on the conversion of waste from coconut oil processing into an economically viable substitute to imported chemicals used in insulating foam production, while also creating a higher-value pathway for the by-products of the researchers’ industry collaborator.

Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol received the certificate of recognition from the USAID on April 27 via Zoom during the launch ceremony of the agency’s Widening Applications of Research within the Pandemic (WARP) grant that is given through its Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program.

The research project titled Improving the Gardner Color Index and Homogeneity of a Developed Coconut Fatty Acid Distillate (CFAD)-based Polyol for Commercial Use, is conducted by two faculty members of the College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Roberto M. Malaluan, PhD, and Prof. Arnold Lubguban, PhD., in collaboration with Chemrez Technologies, Inc. – a Philippine-based manufacturer of powder coatings.

“We are very honored and would like to express our sincere gratitude to USAID STRIDE for awarding us our second grant. It is a confirmation that our research is of value to others in the field and also a great motivation to continue the ever-growing search for alternative bio-based and industrially important polymers into the future,” said Malaluan and Lubguban.

Four other Philippine universities were also awarded the WARP grant for research and innovation during the pandemic. These higher education institutions are the University of San Carlos (Visayas), Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, La Union, University of the Philippines-Visayas, and Mariano Marcos State University, Ilocos Norte.

According to the US Embassy in the Philippines, the grants given under the WARP amounted to nearly P12 million in total.

To know more about the project, click here.

Photos by Jan Christian Pagarigan, OPI

MSU-IIT holds ground breaking ceremony for new building in Hinaplanon, Iligan City

MSU-IIT holds ground breaking ceremony for new building in Hinaplanon, Iligan City

by Neal Alfie Y. Lasta, CED-IDS

 MSU-IIT Chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol led the groundbreaking ceremony on April 15, 2021 at Hinaplanon, Iligan City to officially start the construction of the 5-storey College of Education (CED) Laboratory Building (Phase III).

Chancellor Tanggol, in his message, thanked the local officials for the support provided to the University, as well as his plans for landscaping the area.

The Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Amelia T. Buan, was also present during the occasion. In her speech, she was grateful that the MSU-IIT Administration has always supported the College of Education in its endeavor to be one of the leading institutions in teacher education.

Moreover, Dr. Buan added that the construction of this new laboratory school “is very important in exploring pedagogical innovations to adapt to the highly evolving teaching methods in the pursuit of achieving quality teaching and learning.”

Prof. Minda C. Sexon, the Principal of the Integrated Developmental School, concluded the program, citing in her closing remarks the importance of changing for the better, and that the present is the time for growth.

The five-storey building is the third phase of construction done in MSU-IIT’s property in Hinaplanon. The first two phases are two other buildings. The first building is nearing its completion while the second building’s construction is ongoing.

The third building will house new classrooms for students of the Integrated Developmental School and various other facilities.

Present during the ceremony were Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol, Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Finance Polaus M. Bari, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Gaudencio C. Petalcorin Jr., Vice Chancellor for Student Services Marie Joy D. Banawa, CED Dean Amelia T. Buan, Integrated Developmental School Principal Minda C. Sexon, and other MSU-IIT officials.

Photos by Jan Christian Pagarigan, OPI

CED trains K-3 teachers on design thinking

CED trains K-3 teachers on design thinking

The MSU-IIT College of Education (CED), in partnership with DOST-Science Education Institute and the Department of Education-Regional Office 10, organized an online regional training titled “Design Thinking in K-3 Science and Mathematics Teaching” on April 21-23, 2021.

Sixty-six kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 teachers from the public elementary schools in the region participated in the three-day activity which was held via Zoom.

The training aimed to promote the Design Thinking mindset to K-3 teachers by letting them experience the Design Thinking process in a series of workshops. Besides making the teachers design thinkers, the training likewise intended to promote Design Thinking amongst K-3 learners. To do this, the participants were tasked to develop lessons in Science and Mathematics that incorporate the principles and processes of Design Thinking. The lessons were critiqued, revised, and prepared for implementation in their respective classes.

The lectures on the importance of early childhood education, characteristics and needs of K-3 learners, and the state of K-3 teaching and learning in the Philippines and in Region 10 also enriched the participants’ understanding of the gaps in the K-3 Science and Mathematics teaching that they may fill in using Design Thinking as an approach to problem solving.

The messages of the DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo, DepEd-10 Regional Director Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, Jr., and CED Dean Dr. Amelia T. Buan elaborated the purpose of the training and inspired the participants to actively participate in the sessions.

The training is part of the DOST-SEI’s Project Science Teacher Academy for the Regions (STAR) where MSU-IIT is a partner university. MSU-IIT STAR trainers served as resource persons and workshop facilitators: Dr. Manuel B. Barquilla, Everlita E. Canalita, Jun Karren V. Caparoso, Grace P. Liwanag, Joneil B. Medina, Ivy Claire V. Mordeno, Joan Rose T. Luib, Mary Joy F. Luga, and Charity I. Mulig-Cruz.

CED Dean Dr. Amelia T. Buan, who is a STAR trainer herself also helped facilitate the workshops. Dr. Nick C. Pañares and Dr. Marino O. Dal, regional education program supervisors in Science and Math likewise served as resource persons. Mr. Rex Sario, a Master Teacher of Balogo Elementary School in Pangantucan, Bukidnon was also invited to share his school’s success story in implementing Design Thinking.

 The participants received certificates of completion with 15 CPD credit units. They are expected to cascade the training in their respective schools and divisions within the year.

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3 MSU-IIT CON students’ stories showcase in PNAA Women’s Month Spread

3 MSU-IIT CON students’ stories showcase in PNAA Women’s Month Spread

by Junnette Andale, Vince Milbert Ganzon, Hanna Gumama, Clarence Keith Udalve 

CON Students with the speaker Fiona Armstrong, Founder of Climate and Health Alliance, Melbourne, Australia

Every day, women are driving change and progress around the world. Thus, International Women’s Month, which commences every month of March, is a chance for all of us to take stock and recognize each woman’s value and accomplishments. 

 In line with this event, the Philippine Nurses Association of America celebrates the life of inspirational women in Nursing. As the profession dominated by women who get to grip with the biggest challenge of providing care to millions around the world using the fundamental model of utilizing the head, heart and hand, we are elated to share the impactful work across the globe of few women from the College of Nursing in Mindanao State University—Iligan Institute of Technology, which were featured in Celebrating Women’s Day Volume 9, Issue 2, March 2021 by inside PNAA, the Official Newsletter of PNAA, Inc. Those featured 3rd year Nursing students of MSU-IIT include Nasrimah R. Bagumbaran on pages 17-18, Eirah Nicole D. Jumawan on pages 27-28, and Heavenly D. Legaspino on pages 29-30.

One of the courageous acts that will transform the youth is to speak up and to lead the move, Nasrimah R. Bagumbaran, is an aspiring youth who supports the change in environmental health and in developing resilience from the initiatives and to mitigate climate related threats. 

“Considering that the event was a great opportunity especially to an ordinary woman like me, it proved that nothing is impossible so long as you are determined in reaching your goals.” Nasrimah conveyed.

Through the support of her batchmates and co-officers in her organization, they revived their goal of having the seminar-workshop and clean-up drive for their community, by having a virtual meeting with them. Hopefully their humble act will commence when this pandemic ends.

 Not being a healthcare professional yet did not hinder Eirah Nicole D. Jumawan in taking and maximizing space in the society even as a student-nurse. She participated in the Filipino Nurses Global Summit III and the 12th International Nursing Conference as a scholar. She also contributed her time and efforts to numerous fundraising and donation drives such as the Help Kids Project that aims to provide bond papers for the production of modules that will benefit different schools in Iligan City; donations of pre-loved clothes in collaboration with other student-nurses for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses, and raised Php 2,434 to dog shelters aiming to help neglected dogs at the height of the pandemic.

Jumawan describes her advocacies as multidimensional after her new experiences saying that “It [Advocacy as a nursing student] does not pertain only to health, but also in environmental aspects and social injustice.”

 When asked what her message is to the women of Nursing today, she voices out how both being a woman and a student-nurse rekindled her passion of empowering other female nursing students to learn, take courage and make a difference. She says, “Let us choose to be a  warrior and always remember that we are not just a woman.”

 Heavenly D. Legaspino also participated in the said events and has taken part to the initiative under Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library, Inc (KRIS) of conducting a 3-day webinar, “Kalinaw: Pagtaguyod ng Kapayapaan sa Gitna ng Pandemya” with the aim to educate and inspire the youth to become pillars of peace. Under the same organization, she also spearheaded a webinar last September 27-19, 2020 where health, environment, and peace building relations were the highlights.

 “Health will play a role as a catalyst in the peace process because there is a strong commitment to peace and healing behind it,” says Legaspino on how health helps in the promotion of peace. 

 On being a part of PNAA Women’s Day spread, Legaspino expresses that the event paved the way for a new era of women in Nursing. “As women and Nursing students of today, I presume that we are the forefront of change even in the environmental aspect. We must understand that we need to create an environment that facilitates nature to act upon our patients.”

 “To all the women of Nursing and even those with a heart like hers, let us not limit ourselves in learning because that is all we need to become the future of Nursing,” Legaspino added.

Taking initiative in times of crisis is one of the strengths of this college. Embodied with empathy and skills to make an impact to the people and to have a healthier and safer community.

“I believe that in these small projects, transformative leaders are born, modern day heroes are made, and  great things can be accomplished”, expressed by their chaperone to PNAA, Ms. Mae Lanie Poblete.

“It’s worth celebrating that nursing has become a more inclusive profession without diminishing its core values. We gave tribute to those who came before us, who fought hard to have what we have today.” she added.

 The three CON students were part of the 15 recipients of the PNAA grants given to commendable students who excelled academically and demonstrated a genuine desire to make positive changes in their communities.

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