by Jun Karren Caparoso
Dr. Ruben L. Abucayon, former Acting Dean of the College of Education is a recipient of a month-long fellowship on “Fostering Digital Literacy: Developing Multimedia Modules on Educational Leadership and Teaching”. He, along with 14 other fellows, will travel to different parts of Australia, such as Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide to develop their modules and work on their action plans from June 1 to 27, 2015.
“Fostering Digital Literacy Fellowship” aims to improve and extend the integration of ICT in the Philippine Educational System. The fellowship will serve as an avenue for the sharing of insights among educators who are leaders, innovators, thinkers, and strategists in the development of sustainable and inclusive digital pedagogies. It will give perspectives from both Australian and global landscapes, which will transform thinking and inspire innovation, that can be applied in the Philippine education system. The program will form sustainable connections between education leaders in Australia and the Philippines. As a consequence of this collaboration and capacity building, user-friendly and assessable modules will be developed for educational leaders and teachers.
The fellowship, which is hosted by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), was granted through the proposal of the University of the East to the Australia Awards 2015 Fellowship Programme on Digital Literacy.
Among the six Philippine Resource Distribution and Training Center (RDTC)-TEIs recommended, five were accepted to the said program and are now at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia to attend the fellowship for about a month. The other fellows from the RDTC network are Johnson Blanco (Mariano Marcos State University), Elenita Que (University of the Philippines), Anne Cherylle Ramos (University of Santo Tomas) and Cynthia Grace Diaz (University of the East). They are joined by a DepEd Supervisor, Supervising Education Program Specialist of CHED and 8 ICT practitioners from the various universities in the country.
The fellows are expected to develop a portfolio of innovative and interactive examples of multimedia resources that demonstrate leadership in digital literacy, critically discuss and analyze examples of institutional ICT frameworks and policies, and implementation plans for learning and teaching in the digital age, as well as build strategic collaborations and partnerships between QUT staff and other participating members of the Australian education system.
The College of Education became one of the UNESCO Resource Distribution and Training Centers (RDTC) in the Philippines in 2012, immediately after Abucayon was trained at UNESCO-Bangkok in Thailand being the Audiovisual Media Center Coordinator of the college.