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Champions in Mindanao IHL Debates, 2017

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The Mindanao International Humanitarian Law Debates 2017, organized by the Phil. National Red Cross for high school and college students, were held on 13-15 October in St. John Paul II College of Davao.

The University of the Philippines Mindanao Team B emerged as Champions in the College category over a field composed of teams from Ateneo de Davao, Colegio de Kidapawan, St. Peter's College of Toril, Southern Baptist College, University of Mindanao, University of Southern Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of the Philippines Mindanao, and Xavier University.

Bukidnon State University-HS Team A were the Champions in the High School Category in a field that included Ateneo de Davao, Assumption College of Davao, Southern Christian College, University of Mindanao, and University of the Immaculate Conception.

The elimination rounds held on 14 October had 4 rounds of debates. Round 1 on Neutrality raised the motion "This House Believes That The Int'l Red Cross/Red Crescent Should Condemn Regimes that Undermine International Humanitarian Law". Round 2 on Gender, stated that "This House Would Assign Female Judges To War Crime Cases That Involve Rape". Round 3 on the Environment, said "This House Would Prosecute State or Non-State Actors for Environmental Law Violations Done During Armed Conflicts". Round 4 on Private Military Corporations moved that "This House Supports NGO's Use of Private Military Corporations During Armed Conflicts".

The Grand Finals Debate was on the motion "This House Regrets The Airstrikes in Marawi" where UP Mindanao Team B was on the side of Government and Xavier University was on the side of the Opposition.

UPMin Team B, the champion team, was composed of Karl Tristan Butalid (4BA Anthropology), Bryle Matthew Batacan (4BS Food Technology), and Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts).

UPMin Team A, composed of Frederick Omalza (3BS Biology), Kimberly Cabantug (4BA Communication Arts), and Michael Bacus (4BS Biology), were Pre-Semifinalists.

UPMin Team C was composed of Sarika Rey (3BA English), Nissa Caderao (3BS Agribusiness Economics), and Gloriline Deximo (4BSABE).

The UPMin Adjudicators were Justin Niel Villanueva (4BA Communication Arts), Hyacinth Tiffany Jungco (4BA Communication Arts), and Gaily Vani Labasano (4BS Biology).

The UP Mindanao Debate Society received a total of 6 medals: 3 medals awarded to the members of the champion team; 1 for Finals best speaker, awarded to Andres Karl Segovia; 1 for being 9th Best Speaker of the tournament, awarded to Karl Tristan Butalid; 1 for 6th Best Adjudicator, awarded to Justin Niel Villanueva.

36th MP Debate, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society hosted the 36th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship on 22-24 September 2017. It gathered around 152 debaters and 56 adjudicators from all over Mindanao to compete for the open title and high school championships.

In the elimination rounds the debates were on the motions to invest in a sovereign wealth fund; to subject the pardon of public officials to a people’s referendum; to support Antifa (anti-fascism) as a social movement; and whether or not the US should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Meeting in the Grand Finals were Western Mindanao State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Inst. of Tech., the UP-Mindanao Team A composed of Michael Bacus and Frederick Omalza, and Ateneo de Davao University, all of whom debated on the motion, “As a progressive employee of the Duterte Administration, This House Will Resign”.   

Ateneo de Davao won awards in both the High School and the Open (Collegiate ) category and both Finals Best Speaker in the High School and the Open Category. UP Mindanao made their best finish in their history in the MPDC. In the Best Speaker competition, Frederick Omalza and Michael Bacus tied with two others for third place with 306 speaker scores.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1697279800344614 and here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1701377983268129

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)

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