Khon Kaen University and MSU-IIT conduct Open Approach Workshop in International Conference

Khon Kaen University and MSU-IIT conduct Open Approach Workshop in International Conference

by Joneil Medina

Manila, Philippines – Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute conducted its 1st Project STAR International Conference with the theme “Perspectives in Science and Mathematics Education: Building Connections, Sustaining Innovations and Sharing Pedagogies”. Included in the 3-day conference  are various workshops on different pedagogies where Associate Professor Auijit Pattanajak of the Khon Kaen University Thailand and the dean of the College of Education, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Dr. Amelia T. Buan, jointly conducted a workshop on Open-Approach in teaching Mathematics held at the Philippine International Convention Center. It was attended by DepEd teachers, administrators and TEI representatives from  all over the Philippines.

The workshop was composed of two parts, namely, experiencing the open-approach and sharing of the KKU-Thailand’s experience of the open-approach in their locality. On the first partAssoc. Prof. Auijit delivered a Grade 4 activity on triangles where the participants acting also as students “openly” constructed triangles and observed patterns among them. Participants then shared their experience of the activity and their understanding of the concepts while Auijit processed their understanding by allowing the participants to differentiate and compare student ideas. The key part of open-approach is that “there is no right or wrong answers, …but students [build] from their experience about mathematical structures” Auijit said.

Auijit then shared the Thai’s experience of changing the conventional way of teaching Mathematics in Thailand through the context of Lesson Study and Open-Approach among their local teachers. Auijit stressed that there is a change in teacher’s role from being a teacher/lecturer to that of a researcher. As a researcher, the teacher observed in depth the process of student learning and reasoning. This way, students are able to think for themselves and solve their own problem.

The process of the Lesson study exemplifies the need for a team of teachers to support one another and to think and design for an open activity to implement in the classroom. This lesson designing, Auijit said, is the “[true] work of the professional teacher” not the lecturing. She proposes that Lesson Study and Open-Approach be used as research frameworks to research on local teaching practices for the improvement of Mathematics teaching.

The workshop ended with a dynamic forum led by Dr. Amelia T. Buan, where the participants clarified the distinction of the Open-approach from existing approaches. A few of the participants even stayed longer expressing their excitement with the visiting professor to adapt the said approach in their teaching practice. Commenting on the importance and success of the workshop, Dr. Amelia Buan mentioned that this is a way of making MSU-IIT known through its linkages not only in its region but also in the whole Philippines.

This activity is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) month celebration.

MSU-IIT Joins International Conference at DLSU, Dumoran Shortlisted for Outstanding Graduate Paper

MSU-IIT Joins International Conference at DLSU, Dumoran Shortlisted for Outstanding Graduate Paper

by Venus R. Parmisana

In an auspicious occasion as Linguistic Society of the Philippines celebrated its 50th founding anniversary, MSU-IIT’s delegates participated and presented their papers at the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) International Conference in De La Salle University, Manila, last March 7-9, 2019.

“LSP@50: Celebrating the Golden Era of Linguistics in the Philippines” was the theme of the #LSPIC2019. It provided a venue for researchers to discuss issues and themes on linguistics and its hyphenated fields, language education, and English Language Teaching.

The LSP’s Immediate Past President and LSPIC Convener, Dr. Shirley Dita, faculty from the Department of English and Applied Linguistics of DLSU said that three hundred papers from local and international institutions were received. Prof. Edgar W. Schneider of the University of Regensburg (Germany) delivered his keynote address.  Dr. David Gil of Max Plank Institute (Germany), Prof. Low Ee Ling of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Dr. Marilu Madrunio of UST (Phils) were plenary speakers.

As for the MSU-IIT delegates, Prof. Venus Parmisana and Prof. Merceditha Alicando were invited as session chairs and presented their papers: “#LookAndFeel: Cultural and Language Semiology in University Websites” and “Evaluation Schema in the Narratives of Sendong Survivors”, respectively.

Other presenters were Claire Anne D. Jimenez and Jan Paul Daigdigan (AB English students), together Prof. Gergie Ambato (now faculty of MSU-Naawan) and Joseph Casibual (lecturer at Western Mindanao State University), both were MAELS alumni.

Another worthy of MSU-IIT’s laud is Prof. Honeylet Dumoran who bagged as one of the 7 shortlisted for Outstanding Graduate Paper. Dumoran, an APDP grantee from the Department of English, is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics at the University of the Philippines.

“As a student of linguistics, I have never been as excited as I am today about the direction of language scholarship in the country. I hope it will all redound to us making better judgments and more informed decisions about language policies—may they be academic or social”, said Prof. Dumoran.

Also in attendance was Prof. Maridette Molina, a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics in UP. Engaging with fellow linguists, language education scholars and some mentors, the conference participants rendered not only insights into new teaching paradigms and directions but also opportunities to forge international and national collaborations.

Topics : Linguistics  International Conference  MSU-IIT  tatak IIT  DLSU

2 CSM graduate students scoop awards in an International Conference

2 CSM graduate students scoop awards in an International Conference

by Bianca Rae S. Fabricante

Jessalyn C. Grumo, a PhD Physics student, and Marco Laurence M. Budlayan, an MS Physics student, were awarded as Best Oral Presenters in The 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials Research (ICAMR 2019) held at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore, Singapore last January 24-27, 2019.

Jessalyn Grumo (left) accepts her certificate as Best Presenter in ICAMR 2019.

Jessalyn Grumo (left) accepts her certificate as Best Presenter in ICAMR 2019.

Grumo presented her research study entitled “Synthesis and characterization of Bio-based Rigid Polyurethane Foams with Varying Amount of Blowing Agent” while Budlayan’s winning presentation was entitled “Influence of Sargassum Crassifolium Extract on the Absorption of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticle via Green Synthesis Route”. This is the second Best Presenter Award for Grumo who received the first last April 15, 2017 in the 2nd International Conference on Basic and Applied Sciences (ICBAS) 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Two graduate students also presented in the said conference, namely Lady Jaharah Y. Jabber and Prudence Peace V. Bustamante. All four are under the advisorship of Dr. Arnold C. Alguno.

Marco Laurence M. Budlayan (right) accepts his certificate as Best Presenter in the ICAMR 2019.

Marco Laurence M. Budlayan (right) accepts his certificate as Best Presenter in the ICAMR 2019.

                  The ICAMR is an annual conference first launched in 2011. It provides researchers, scholars and scientists an avenue for discourse and exchange of ideas in the areas of composite materials, materials properties, measuring methods and applications, materials engineering and processing technologies, chemical engineering and biotechnological research, nanotechnology, nano-materials and nano-composites and thin films research. Every year, renowned keynote speakers and researchers from different countries participate in the parallel oral presentations and poster sessions. ICAMR 2019 conference proceedings will be published by Key Engineering Materials (KEM), ISSN:1662-9795, indexed by Ei Compendex, SCOPUS, SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR), etc. For more information about ICAMR, visit their site:

CASS faculty, students present research papers in international conference

CASS faculty, students present research papers in international conference

by Kimberly Jhie E. Alejandrino

Faculty members and students from the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) went beyond the frontiers of the research arena on November 14 to 15, 2016 as they participated in the 12th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IC-HUSO) 2016 with its theme Challenge, Equity, and Responsibility, held in the Faculty of Humanities, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

The annual international conference aims to share works, exchange ideas and form networks in humanities and social sciences among researchers, scholars, lecturers, students and social scientists across the globe. For the 12th IC-HUSO, over 14 countries and a total of 211 papers were submitted. A good number of these papers come from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, which being a linkage to Khon Kaen University, also jointly organized the event.

Presenters from the Department of English include Lourd Greggory Crisol, with his paper ‘Habak, Lana, Bughat, and other Terms: The Register Used in Tambal Binisaya’, Nelia Balgoa, DHS on ‘Capturing the Ambivalence:  The Non Creative Fiction as an Emergent Literary Form in Philippine Migration Literature’, Onnah Pierre Talle on Goodness, Wealth, Marriage, and Revenge: The Values of Women in Agamaniyog Folktales’, Rosemarie Purganan on ‘An Inventory on Language Learning Strategies Used by First year Students from the College of Arts and Social Sciences’, Venus Parmisana on ‘Three Regions, One Indigenous Language, Two Vitality Assessments: The Higaonon In Mindanao’, Loreta Fajardo on ‘The Tarpaulins: From the Perspective  of The Young and Educated Meranaw Women’, Ma. Theresa Villabona on ‘Audio-Visual Materials with Intralingual Subtitles: Their Effects on the Vocabulary Acquisition of Selected Grade 5 Students’ and Kimberly Alejandrino on ‘Pagtuki sa Binalaybay: A Stylistic Analysis of Sebuano Figurative Language in Iligan National Writers Workshop‟s Sebuano Poems’.

From the Department of Psychology, Odessa May Escalona along with her thesis advisees Miko Jude Baterna, Sheila Joy Jangad on ‘Academic Dishonesty: When Deviance Becomes A Norm’ and Nicole Garduce, Paula Aurea Labita, April Grace Pacaña on ‘Psychopathy on Reactive and Proactive Aggression: The Mediating Effect of revised-Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory Systems’ and Kristel Rose Alvarico, Roline Angel Divino, Kristine Mae Sanoy on ‘Psychopathy And Aggression: The Mediating Role Of Looming Cognitive Styles And BIS/BAS’.

From the Department of Sociology, Sulpecia Ponce, PhD and Nimfa Bracamonte, PhD on ‘Health and Labor situation of Bajau Mothers and Children in Iligan City, Philippines’, Liwayway Viloria, PhD and her thesis advisees Ariel Abragan, Ramelyn Bracero, Shiela Sinconiegue on ‘Philippine Government Structural Reform from Unitary To Federal: Views from Government and Private Sectors’.

CASS Dean Marie Joy Banawa, PhD of the Department of Filipino and Other Languages and Felicidad Gadiano of the Department of Sociology also presented ‘From the Dumpsite to the Classroom: An Impact Study’, a paper on the college’s Sagip-Aral, Sagip-Buhay extension project.

Other participating academic institutions include National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam; Jusuf Kalla School of Government, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Thailand; Institute of ASEAN Studies, Uttaradit Rajabhat University, Thailand; Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region and Research Group on Wellbeing and Sustainable Development, Khon Kaen University, Thailand; among many others.

With inputs from the aforementioned researchers and from other presenters, Dr. Kulthida Tuamsuk, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of Khon Kaen University remarked, that IC-HUSO is “the opened stage which scholars can distribute and share their knowledge and enhance cooperative learning in order to develop quality and standard research and theses in these fields.”

IC-HUSO 2016 is only one of the many conferences through which the Institute’s faculty members and students enhance cooperative learning and cultivate knowledge while braving through challenges, in the quest for equity and social responsibility.

Topics : IC-HUSO  research

CASS faculty, students present research papers in international conference

CASS, CED extensionists bag top awards at international conference

by Zarina Isla-Villadolid

Dr. Maria Cecilia M. Ferolin and Dr. Liwayway S. Viloria of the Sociology Department of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) won first place for their paper presentations at the 5th Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementors, Inc. (PAEPI) Biennial Convention and 1st International Conference held on October 26-28, 2016 at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City.

Dr. Ferolin’s paper, Developing Successor Generator Thru University’s Extension Program, was declared as the best paper under the Education and Culture Category. It discusses how the Volunteerism for Community Engagement Program (VoCEP) of the Department of Extension develops a successor generation of development workers from college workers by providing opportunities for students and young alumni to engage in community work. The paper was a collaborative effort between Dr. Ferolin and Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, retired faculty member of the Sociology Department and former Extension Director of the Institute.

Placing second in the aforementioned category was Traditional Embroidery and Beads Training Program for the Higaonon which was presented by Dr. Rebecca M. Alcuizar of the Physical Education Department of the College of Education (CED). The paper was co-authored by Dr. Corazon T. Biong, Prof. Cherlita C. Cudal, Prof. Rovie Gretchel P. Bucad, Prof. Ramon C. Ferraris, and Ms. Vanessa S. Maghanoy of the P.E. Department of CED and Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Dr. David N. Almarez of the Political Science Department of CASS.

In the Environmental Concerns Category, Dr. Liwayway S. Viloria’s paper, Adaptive Strategies of Flood-Prone Communities in Iligan City, garnered the top spot. It tackles the extension component of Disaster Management towards Climate Change Adaptation in Two River Systems, a research project conducted by the Department of Sociology and funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Dr. Sulpecia L. Ponce, Dr. Myrma Jean A. Mendoza, Dr. Nimfa L. Bracamonte, and Ms. Amabelle A. Embornas of the Department of Sociology co-wrote the paper with Dr. Viloria.

PAEPI is a professional organization of extensionists and managers which seeks to promote sustainable development and inclusive growth by empowering local communities.

This year’s convention, which had PAEPI: Responding to ASEAN Integration through Relevant Community Engagements as its theme, gathered over 500 extensionists who shared their best practices through paper and poster presentations, networking and collaboration, field exposure, and organizational development.

It was hosted by the University of San Carlos in collaboration with higher educational institutions in the Visayas region.

A total of 143 papers on the thematic areas of Food Production and Security, Health and Nutrition, Engineering Innovation and Smart Analytic, Environmental Concerns, Education and Culture, and Socioeconomics were accepted for presentation at the said event. Nine of these were submissions from CASS and CED.