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Blended Learning, e-Learning, 2017

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A Capability-Building Seminar-Workshop on Blended Learning and e-Learning was held on August 7-9 in UP Mindanao. Dr. Patricia Arinto and Dr. Sheila Bonito, both of the UP Open University, served as resource persons.

Blended Learning is a teaching approach that combines face-to-face class meetings with customized on-line activity (usually via the internet). These may use  open access web pages, e-books, slides, videos, e-mails, chats, video-conferencing, search-engines, virtual worlds, simulation,  blogs, and multi-media authoring tools that are free of charge.
   
The Flipped Classroom is a popular form of Blended Learning where homework is done in advance. Students absorb readings or audio-visual materials beforehand, in preparation for coming to class. Class meetings discard the lectures and proceed directly into class work involving applied-learning activities and immediate feedback from the instructor.

The workshop session produced models of Flipped Classrooms, showing the mix of activities from the traditional classroom and the online resources.

These models were for modules in swimming, creative writing, probability theory, computer algorithms, communication, biology, food technology, physics, botany, and architecture.

The succeeding workshop sessions were on selecting online learning resources, designing learning activities, and designing an assessment plan.

The workshop was organized by Interactive Learning Center-Learning Resource Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. (See photos here https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1651851604887434)

UPCAT application, 2017

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THE UP COLLEGE ADMISSION TEST 2018 (UPCAT 2018) is now open for application. The deadline for filing of applications is on September 1, 2017 (for applicants outside Metro Manila). UPCAT 2018 will be administered nationwide on 21-22 October 2017.

Qualified to apply for UPCAT 2018 are: Grade 12 senior high school students expecting to graduate before August 2018; high school graduates from 2017 or earlier; PEPT Certified Eligible for admission to college; and must not have taken the UPCAT and any college courses before SY2018-2019.

Applicants are advised to read the detailed instructions and download the forms at the web site (below)- https://upcatonline.up.edu.ph/.

Collection of student fees deferred, 2017

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UP Mindanao deferred until August 25 its collection of student fees. The deferred payment schedule is in line with the memo issued by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion last July 31 on the guidelines for the assessment and collection of tuition and other fees for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018. The memo called for the use of the Scholarships and Financial Assistance (SFA) Online Application, which includes the Free Tuition 2017, Socialized Tuition System (STS), and Tulong-Dunong Program for 2017-2018 in the “assessment of tuition and other fees, and in providing financial support to students from low-income households.”

Pres. Danilo Concepcion’s July 31 memo superseded the memorandum issued last July 28 by UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Chancellor Concepcion’s memo for the deferment of “assessment and collection of student fees…until instruction from UP System is received” was made in preparation for the August 1-2 registration period.

Around 634 of the expected 700 incoming students for the 1st Semester of 2017-2018 applied to the SFA Online application. Of this number, 373 students applied for both free tuition subsidy, STS and Tulong-Dunong. About 261 students applied for STS only.

Results of the application will be released before 25 August 2017, the deadline for the collection of assessed fees.

The UP System plans to open the SFA Online Website for those who were not able to apply.

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