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Six Miriam College Higher Education Unit (HEU) students joined the Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp (AYLTLC) held in Singapore last February 9 to 13, 2017. Each year, AYLTLC brings together student leaders worldwide to enhance their abilities in cross-cultural interaction and cooperation and further equip them to be effective leaders.
This year’s MC delegation included Micah Lava (I BS BAM), Danielle Mananghaya (III BA COM), Regina Marcelo (III BS CDE), Alexandra Martinez (III BA COM), Gabriella Mercado (III BA COM) and Trisha Marie Jao (IV BS PSY).
In addition to the leadership workshops, participants were able to understand Singapore’s multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural society from various perspectives. They now return to Miriam College with a deeper appreciation of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized Miriam College’s granting of Autonomous Status (effective April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019) and programs designated as Centers of Excellence and Center of Development during the awarding ceremony held on May 16 and 17, 2016 at the CHED Auditorium, HEDC Building, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
Miriam College has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Teacher Education, and as a Center of Development in Communication.
The awards were presented by former Miriam College President and CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan and were received by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Glenda Fortez, and the College Deans Dr. Rosario Aligada, Dr. Antonio Lopez, and Dr. Rica Bolipata-Santos.
CHED’s recognition is a strong manifestation of the College’s commitment to program and institutional quality and excellence.
The Child Development and Education under the College of Education organized a seminar entitled "W.A.V.E.S: Why Use A Variety of Educational Strategies?" last April 30. CDE alumni who are now teachers were invited to share their experiences about the different educational strategies. They were Mary Alimasa of Domuschola International School; Frances Andal of Bridges Foundation; Inc, Jula Arcano of Miriam Child Study Center; Zyanina Estipona of Summit School Phil; Stephanie Poral-Leal, Nest Schooll; Marycar Martinez, Summit School Phil; Nina Merino, Abba's Orchard Montessori School; Valerie Ramos, Reedley International School; and Camille Tolentino, Abba's Orchard Montessori School.
Clarissa Mariano-Ligon, faculty of the CDE Department, with the help of Susan Morillo and the 2nd and 3rd year students, spearheaded this successful event.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), through Memorandum Order No. 17 released last March 31, 2016, designates the College of Education of Miriam College as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Teacher Education after its Department of Child Development and Education passed the evaluation process with flying colors.
Selected institutions identified as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development are to serve as catalysts for world class scholarships, best practices, innovative curriculum, research and extension and professional development in Teacher Education based on the recommendation of the Technical Panel for Teacher Education.
The Department of Child Development and Education (CDE) prides itself in producing excellent early childhood teachers most of whom teach in various prestigious local and foreign schools. It is also recognized for its active application of service learning as a teaching methodology through the literacy program C.H.E.E.R.S or Childhood Early Enrichment and Reinforcement School. The program is run in partnership with communities and non-government organizations.
The department has excellent and highly qualified teachers active in research, extension programs, and conferences and are recipients of awards. Graduates of the department have almost consistently earned 100% passing rate in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) with a growing number of them occupying leadership roles. Lastly, the department has, through the years, forged strong linkages with various local and international institutions.
The Department of CDE initially applied for Center of Development but exceeded expectations.
Photo shows the visit of the CHED evaluation team composed of Technical Panel Chair Dr. Purita Bilbao with members Dr. Alice Panares and Dr. Larry Gabao.
The Child Development and Education Circle (CDEC) held several outreach programs throughout the school year in collaboration with local government units, non-government organizations, and other school organizations. These programs were implemented in line with the Circle’s goal of making its members aware of the important role of education in contributing to change in society.
On November 21, 2015, CDEC partnered with Kythe-Ateneo for their I AM HOPE: Little Wonders event at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. The yearly event aims to promote hope and empowerment for patients with chronic illnesses. CDEC Special Education Committee helped the children create bracelets and do marble paintings.
Another activity was held with Ateneo Tugon with CDE students facilitating art activities during the “National Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (NCSAAW)”. This was held last February 20, 2016 at the Ateneo de Manila Universtiy.
On January 22, 2016, the members of CDEC were tapped by the Autism Society of the Philippines to participate in the first indigenous games for neuro-typical and SPED elementary and high school students titled “Artismo:Kulay at Saya ng Autismo”. This was part of the celebrations of the Philippine National Autism Consciousness week and was held at the Quezon Memorial Circle, People’s park.
The most recent outreach was held last March 5, 2016. CDEC conducted another art and play activity for children of Bahay Kalinga Shelter of Antipolo which was held at Miriam College’s SMT garden. Bahay Kalinga is a temporary shelter and protective custody for children who are victims of abuse. It is managed by Local government unit of Antipolo.
The different community outreach programs helped extend students’ learning and understanding of the needs of special children beyond the four walls of the classroom and at the same time nurtured their love for teaching. It also exposed them to the need for a more inclusive society where students with special needs can participate and join recreational and sports activities with other neuro-typical children.
Last Feb. 22-23, 2016, participants from various units of Miriam College and external groups attended the two-day seminar sponsored by the College of Education titled, “Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach”. Renowned international trainer, author, therapist, and performance coach, John Henden from the United Kingdom was the main speaker.
The workshop served as a refresher course on the basic tools and techniques of solution-focused approach and other techniques practitioners may apply to further reduce the suicide rate among clients. The seminar included several opportunities for the participants to participate in simulation exercises using the approaches they have just learned.
A TOTAL of 15 teacher scholars will comprise this year’s first batch of graduate students who will take the graduate program in e-learning being offered by Miriam College (MC).
MC has partnered with Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) to support new literacies in the 21st century and equip them with innovative and nontraditional instructional approaches to effectively nurture and teach digital natives.
“The partnership is zeroing in developing faculty. I think that is the best way to go because you cannot have a program that the faculty doesn’t know what to do. That’s the main value of this scholarship, the main value of the training of faculty,” said Dr. Rosario Lapus, MC president, in an interview on September 29 when the school and BBFI sealed its partnership through a contract signing at the SMX Convention.
Dr. Brian Belen said BBFI collaborated with MC to identify the teachers who have a greater likelihood of completing the program.
“Everybody in general was interested, but it was difficult to accommodate everyone. It was more through a deliberative process with the Miriam College group and those of us at Bato Balani that we could accommodate this round. We had to balance the numbers: Those who qualified and how many we could take in,” he said.
Most of the scholars have taken the Summer Institute on Technology in Education, or SITE, a degree program jointly implemented by MC and Diwa Learning System Inc. since 2013.
It focuses on the use of mobile technology for learning and teaching.
“We decided to sponsor Filipino educators as scholars in the hope that we can further encourage the pursuit of innovation in teaching using e-learning to equip the scholars with a set of skills that will help them maximize the use of e-learning, and to populate the Philippine educational industry with teachers who are competent in using e-learning in teaching,” said Armel Espiritu, BBFI program director for Corporate Communications.
Under the new graduate-degree program, MC will provide the curriculum design that features the country’s first learning content and management system, which Diwa developed.
“Our shared belief in the capacity of Filipino scholars and educators to make e-learning work, particularly in basic education in the Philippines, has enabled us to move forward in the direction of preparing specialists in this exciting area of teacher education,” said Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic Education Unit director of MC.
Fermin also helped in the design of the program curriculum that will be taken by the teacher scholars second semester of the current academic year.
The pioneering degree program introduces a comprehensive curriculum to fully equip teachers with the right skills as they take on the challenges of teaching a generation living in a highly digital world.
It features relevant courses which include Learning and Teaching using Mobile Technology; Digital Law, which addresses the legal and ethical issues surrounding academic transactions in an online environment; Game-based Learning and Gamification, which tackles methods and approaches to integrate educational games into e-learning environments; and Digital Citizenship, which provides an understanding of human, cultural and other digital social platforms.
The graduate degree program Master of Education, Major in e-Learning, is open to all educators, especially digital migrants who wish to upgrade their skills in the area of e-learning.
SOURCE: Business Mirror
Dr. Edizon Angeles Fermin, of Miriam (formerly Maryknoll) College, recalls being told when he was growing up to memorize formulas and study using Bato Balani magazines.
Now Fermin, Miriam’s high school principal, hears students say, “So, have you checked out the latest app?” as he passes by classrooms in the morning.
Fermin says it is “fun” to hear things like this but it can also be a challenge for educators to compete with technology and electronics.
But, apparently, the apps Miriam students are talking about are those the school uses to facilitate instruction and provide supplemental activities.
Miriam College is one of hundreds of schools using the Genyo Learning Management and Content System, an interactive learning portal using digital and electronic equipment for teaching and learning.
Genyo and other mobile learning applications allow students to “dissect” a frog, for instance, without needing an actual one. Students can use the cameras of their tablets to study a digital frog and explore its endocrine and muscular systems.
Genyo’s interactive programs, like this, have received positive feedback from teachers, students and parents.
Now Miriam, with Diwa Publishing Group and Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI), has created a graduate program to show educators the ropes to e-learning. The first of its kind in the country, the graduate program aims to further improve e-learning in the country.
The program Master of Education, major in e-learning, encourages educators to leave the ABC teaching style behind and embrace Information Technology. Its curriculum features the country’s first “learning content and management systems” that Diwa Learning Systems Inc. developed.
Teaching for the future
President of Miriam College Dr. Rosario O. Lapus explains the vision that underpins the program by quoting British science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke:
“The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without a teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past.”
Lapus says teachers must provide an environment relevant to the students’ world and interests by “blending modern technology with pedagogy.” As champions of education, they are not going back to the Tyrannosaurus Rex age, but have to adapt to a new one.
Fermin says the Genyo platform is the right choice for the new graduate program. The curriculum is specifically designed to understand the whole e-learning environment and what strategies may be used to create a meaningful community through the platform.
The program introduces educators to new digital technologies like tablet PCs and smartphones. It looks into how equipment may be used critically and creatively to promote teaching and learning suitable for “digital natives” of the 21st century.
“Truth be told, I’m not a tech geek. But when I saw how much fun it was for kids to learn about geographical locations on a real-time basis, connect with people in another time zone, discuss their likes or dislikes or aspirations, it was a powerful learning context. And to me, as an educator, if I do not actually maximize this opportunity, I might be giving up on one important gateway toward these learners adopting a different sense of the world,” Fermin says.
The e-learning program aims to engage and empower teachers and learners in what Fermin describes as a “phenomenal and ennobling experience.” It also aims to expand not only the platforms by which students can learn but also their knowledge.
From sage to guide
He says the new graduate program will transform teachers “from sage on stage to guide on the side” for students.
At present, the Master of Education, major in e-learning program, has 25 scholars, 10 of them from Miriam College. The others are supported by BBFI, Diwa’s social responsibility arm.
Most of the scholars have also taken the Summer Institute on Technology Education, a certificate program on the use of mobile technology for learning and teaching.
Scholar Ryan B. Estillomo, a teacher from Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion in Roxas City, Capiz province, says that if he finishes the program, he will be the first in the Visayas to earn the degree.
“Since students nowadays are into technology, I have to equip myself with these teaching and learning [tools]… I will be happy to share what I learned in the master’s degree program with our students in the Visayas,” he says.
He says his students enjoy beating the buzzer for online deadlines, which encourages them to finish their school work promptly. His students pressure classmates to finish their projects on time.
As one of the educators who designed the curriculum, Fermin acknowledges the problem in areas without the equipment for e-learning.
But he says, “I think that for as long as you have the will, you will find a way, because that’s what happened to us. When we started this entire tablet thing, we were asking ourselves, ‘Is it really the tablet when the smartphones are getting more and more advanced? Do we ask the people to buy the devices?’ … But more than the device or the infrastructure, I think it’s competence to do it [that is more important].”
Fermin believes that in producing “a battalion of e-learning practitioners,” there will come a time when every place in the country will become so wired and connected “we will be able to share practices and even resources.”
Philippine Daily Inquirer >> newsinfo.inquirer.net/728160/new-grad-program-to-train-e-teachers
Miriam College, in partnership with Bato Balani Foundation Inc (BBFI), the social development arm of Diwa Learning Systems Inc., launched the graduate degree program Master of Education, Major in e-Learning which is designed to support new literacies in the 21st century and equip teachers with innovative and non-traditional instructional approaches to effectively nurture and teach digital natives.
Miriam College and BBFI sealed its partnership through a contract signing with Miriam College President, Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, and BBFI President, Dr. Brian L. Belen at the SMX Convention Center last September 29.
A total of 15 scholars comprise the first batch of graduate students who will take the program beginning second semester of the current academic year. Most of the scholars have taken the Summer Institute on Technology in Education or SITE, a certificate program jointly implemented by Miriam College and Diwa since 2013 that focuses on the use of mobile technology for learning and teaching.
Under the new graduate degree program, Miriam College provides the curriculum design that features the country’s first learning content and management system (LCMS), which Diwa Learning Systems Inc developed. “Our shared belief in the capacity of Filipino scholars and educators to make e-learning work, particularly in basic education in the Philippines, has enabled us to move forward in the direction of preparing specialists in this exciting area of teacher education,” said Miriam College Basic Education Unit Director Dr. Edizon Fermin. He also helped design the program curriculum.
The pioneering degree program introduces a comprehensive curriculum to fully equip teachers with the right skills as they take on the challenges of teaching a generation living in a highly digital world. It features relevant courses which include Learning and Teaching using Mobile Technology; Digital Law, which addresses the legal and ethical issues surrounding academic transactions in an online environment; Game-based Learning and Gamification, which tackles methods and approaches to integrate educational games into e-learning environments; and Digital Citizenship, which provides an understanding of human, cultural, and societal issues related to the use of online and other digital social platforms.
The graduate degree program Master of Education, Major in e-Learning is open to all educators, especially digital migrants who wish to upgrade their skills in the area of e-Learning. “We hope that through this program, these pedagogical experts will enable learners to see the ever-expanding global community as a space of infinite possibilities,” concluded Fermin.
Photos show, clockwise from left: Dr. Belen, Dr. Lapus, Dr. Fermin, scholar Ryan Estillomo , the MC scholars and the BBFI scholars with the MC administrators and BBFI executives.
The CHED Office of Programs and Standards Development (OPSD), through the Technical Committee for Early Childhood Education (TCECEd), held a consultation workshop on the development of the proposed policies, standards and guidelines for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECEd) program. This was aligned with the Outcomes-Based Education (OBL) K to 12 Curriculum and the New General Education last August 14, 2015, at the LMC Bldg. Lecture Room 3, Miriam College, Quezon City.
Participants who joined the workshop were from DepEd, UP, Miriam College, De La Salle University, O.B. Montessori Center, Early Childhood Care & Development Council, CEU, PNU and was headed by the CHED Technical Committee Members. Among them were the Department of Child Development and Education Chair Trixie Sison and CDE Professors, Clarisse Ligon, Susan Morillo and Therese Pelias.
The workshop was co-sponsored by the College of Education.