Lectures: Knowledge x Change, 2017

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"The Inaugural Lectures: Knowledge x Change" was a public forum held on August 30, featuring research from UP Mindanao. In the opening, Academic Vice Chancellor Nilo Oponda said more efforts are needed to bring the benefits of research to the lives of Filipinos, while Research Director Emma Bayogan said extension service, such as this forum, is the way to achieve these goals. With these objectives in mind, the various lecturers gave talks to the audience in a conversational manner.

Social scientist Leah Miñoza, in her talk on contractualization, likened this to a love story that is not forever--due to the absence of an employer-employee relationship--which affects 20 million workers nationwide who suffer "heartbreaks".

Poet Darylle Rubino showed a sample of concrete poetry in his poem "Flom'lok" using spaces between words and verses to create a poem with a visual character--which in his poem depicted an image of Mt. Matutum.

Biologist Mae Responte related her affinity with spiders from her youth to her professional life that led to her discovery of a species of spider that now bears her name--"Calapnita mae".

Professors John Bengan, Myfel Paluga, and Andrea Ragragio showed on video the practice by marginalized peoples of extracting edible starch from palm trees.    

Economist Jedi Ebarle-Bangcaya described her infatuation with goats as the "poor man's cow" for providing the meat that is among the healthiest and milk that is the closest substitute to that of humans, but which industry needs more support from government.

Food technologist Marbie Alpos said food and vegetables make up half of total crop production nationwide and that farmers will benefit greatly from its extended shelf-keeping life thru the use of the fiber named chitosan.

Mathematician Kenneth Montajes discussed the fluctuating electrical power situation in Mindanao and proposed the use of the mathematical model "Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average" or ARIMA to achieve a more accurate forecast of electrical demand.

Architect Kristin Olalo, a third-placer in the 2016 board exam, offered throw-away materials for use in building evacuation centers.

Mathematician Kim Ligue, the last speaker, recalled the life-threatening flooding incident in Matina-Pangi, Davao City and how LiDAR mapping technology could be adopted to prevent similar recurrences in the future.

(See the photos here: Knowledge x Change)

Development Policy Month, 2017

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THE 15th DEVELOPMENT POLICY MONTH will be celebrated in September 2017. The theme, "Pagpapatibay ng Desentralisasyon Tungo sa Kaunlarang Panrehiyon" / "Strengthening Decentralization for Regional Development". This theme is chosen in view of the ongoing discourse on Federalism, and to highlight the need for in-depth reflection and analyses to encompass the bigger umbrella of decentralization reforms. The month-long celebration hopes to emphasize to our policymakers the importance of critical thinking and the formulation of appropriate policy interventions to advance development in the regions. (See the poster here)

Kumbira on Mindanawon Writing, 2017

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"KUMBIRA: A Panel Discussion on Mindanawon Writing" was held in Notre Dame University, Cotabato City on 11 August by the Davao Writers Guild. Around 200 students and literary enthusiasts were present during the discussion held at Tanghalang Michael Clark, Nepomuceno Building. The event was made possible with the partnership of the Guild with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Notre Dame University College of Education, and SOX Writers.

Kumbira included the participation of UP Mindanao faculty members Lualhati Abreu of Dept. of Social Sciences and Darylle Rubino and John Bengan of Dept. of Humanities.

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Inclusion Through Sports, 2017

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INSTRUCTOR ALBERT FRANCIS REGINALD T. RAMOS (Dept. of Human Kinetics) was in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya on 4-11 July 2017 for the Inclusion Through Sports (ITS) training program. Upon his return, he presented Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion with the ITS handbook. (See the photo here)

ITS is organized by the Italian non-government organization Mine Vaganti for sports coaches and youth workers. ITS uses sport as a form of non-formal education to improve skills and competencies of young people and to enhance their social inclusion.

A number of simple games--called "methodologies"--have been devised for these objectives. Mr. Ramos helped create the methodology "Tic-Tac-Shuttle"--similar to the game of tic-tac-toe but played in an open space. Another methodology he co-created is "Pac-man", wherein players move along lines on the ground--similar to the "Pac-man" computer game--to change direction with every encounter, which promotes strategic thinking and a sense of fun.

ITS methodologies are being adopted in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, China/Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramos' participation in ITS 2017 is a continuation of his involvement in the July 2016 ITS training in Senegal. He will join the delegation in the presentation of the ITS to co-funders, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28-30.

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

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