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May 8-26, 2017
Our Lady of Fatima University, Valenzuela City
With the revamp of the country's education system already set in motion, Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) has made giant steps in keeping up with the rest of the world in terms of providing quality education to the Filipino youth.
With the joint coordination of the OLFU Center for Professional Development and Academic Partnership (CPDAP) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the University trained 66 faculty members from different colleges and universities in various courses of the new General Education Core Courses for tertiary education.
The three-week training entitled The 2nd Generation Training of Faculty for General Education Core Courses, and held from May 8 to 26, 2017, saw trainees from various universities and colleges undergo rigorous daily research, activities and even develop new lesson plans involving the new curriculum. Moreover, the course aims to further the ongoing paradigm shift to learning competency based standards in Philippine higher education.
Of the 27 units of core courses offered in the new General Education curriculum to be implemented in school year 2018-2019, OLFU, as an autonomous institution, was chosen as a Delivering Higher Education Institution and was assigned the following courses: “Readings in Philippine History”, “Purposive Communication” and the Filipino counterpart “Babasahin Hinggil sa Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas” and “Malayuning Komunikasyon.”
The resource persons were Mr. Dionicio Badilles, PhD. (University of the East Manila), Ms. Lourna Tagay, PhD. (St. Paul University Manila), Ms. Jocelyn Burabo, PhD. (OLFU Quezon City) and Mr. Manuel Deligente, MA (OLFU Valenzuela).
A passion for teaching
Although majority of the participants came from universities located in the National Capital Region, some came even from as far as Palawan State University (PSU). Genoveva Gabo, a professor at PSU and student of Purposive Communication said that the distance did not stop her from pursuing further studies. She said, “It’s more of a passion really, and we really have to be up to date with the current trends to compete globally.” Severina Ortal, a faculty member of Pambansang Dalubhasaan ng Marilao said, “We’re very thankful for the experience, the hardships and friendships that were formed through the course of this meaningful ordeal.”
The closing program showed highlights of the participants’ progress from day one until the final culmination which was the teaching demo. The participants expressed their gratefulness for the training as it allowed them to become better teachers by being trained in a multidisciplinary approach as framed by the new general education curriculum.
The commencement ceremony was graced by OLFU President, Dr. Caroline Marian Enriquez; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Heracleo Lagrada; OLFU Campus Administrator for OLFU Antipolo, Engr. Wilfredo Basilio, and CPDAP Manager, Dr. Rodehlia Legasto-Macaspac.