by Zarina Isla-Villadolid, College of Arts and Social Sciences
To help students, school leaders, teacher trainers, and DepEd officials understand the role of leadership and innovation in educational organizations, the Department of English of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be hosting the Leaders of Learning Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Camp from November 2016 to February 2017.
The Leaders of Learning online course, which is offered for free by Harvard University through edX, aims to identify and develop personal theories of learning and explore how they fit into the shifting educational landscape. It will be handled by Richard Elmore, the Gregory R. Anrig Research Professor of Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The MOOC Camp will gather 40 students, teachers, and school administrators from various schools in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte and from the Department of Education. In addition to the online course which the participants will take at their own pace, they will attend four meet-up sessions where they get to meet fellow participants face-to-face and discuss insights gained from their online classes. The sessions will enable them to share and learn from each other’s online learning experiences as they examine learning, leadership, organizational structure, and physical design.
Department of English Chairperson Prof. Nelia G. Balgoa, DHS will be overseeing the conduct of the said activity.
Lynrose Jane D. Genon, U.S. Government (USG) alumna and lecturer at the Department of English, together with Wilhelma Sampaco and Sandra Bunda Alingasa, teachers at Iligan City National High School, will be heading the team of facilitators. The team consists of CASS Assistant Dean Sittie Noffaisah B. Pasandalan, Chezka Bianca P. Torres, Ian S. Embradura, and Lourd Greggory C. Crisol of the Department of English and Zarina Isla-Villadolid of the CASS Dean’s Office.
The first of four meet-ups will be held on November 18, 2016 at the CASSalida Theater.
MOOC Camps will also be held at the American Corner CDO, American Corner Zamboanga, American Corner Marawi, American Corner Davao, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Pagadian City.