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ILC Diliman Strategic Planning held last 29-30 July 2016

The ILC Diliman team headed by Director Joseph Ryan G. Lansangan had its annual strategic planning last July 29-30, 2016 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.  I
n the 2-day event, the team reviewed and discussed the mandate, mission, functions, as well as the different programs and services, operations and structure of the office. The discussions and activities highlighted the roles and relations of ILC Diliman under the reorganization and restructuring of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), which was approved last May and which ILC Diliman is part of.  All ILC Diliman personnel including the two assigned Project Development Associates (PDAs) for ILC participated in the strategic planning.


In the opening plenary session, Dr. Lansangan presented the a brief review of the accomplishments and/or achievements of the office, the status of the planned  projects and activities, as well as the functions and structure under the reorganization.  He underlined the individual duties and responsibilities of the personnel as well as the roles of the new PDAs - one handling activities related to education technology advancement, the other handling activities related to blended learning/teaching and modernizing pedagogy.

After which, the team was divided into four smaller groups and were tasked to map-out strategies and/or activities for the coming academic year and to identify medium- and long- term goals for the next 2-3 years using the SCOPE planning model as guide (see The groupings (and so the focus of each group) were on (1) blended learning and teaching (BLT); (2) multimedia services (MMS); (3) Website; and (4) University Virtual Learning Environment (UVLê) Series.  The groups were given ample time for brainstorming, working with SCOPE planning model, and in preparing of their reports.  Dr. Lansangan took rounds in participating with the groups.   

On the second day, the different groups presented their outputs.  Among others, the BLT group mentioned that as interest in blended teaching/learning is increasing among the faculty, ILC Diliman should take the opportunity to tap those already engaged as resource persons and to provide venues to share best practices and/or existing implementation of EdTech and/or modern/effective pedagogical strategies.  The MMS group reported that although there is a steady number of requests for multimedia services, there is still a need for improvement of facilities and equipment, as well as a review and revision of service/rental fees.  As for the Website group, they stated that there is need to update, develop and enhance the website, as well as streamline the tasks of the assigned web programmer and/or content manager.  The UVLê group covered the revamping of the training program in and resources for UVLê, putting forward the importance of appropriate approaches and scopes for training design and implementation, including feedback.
As closing, Dr. Lansangan encouraged the different groups to continue with what each has started and to also collaborate with the others.

ILC Diliman holds a Symposium on Interactive Learning and Innovative Teaching

Last June 20, 2016, Interactive Learning Center (ILC) Diliman held the Symposium on Interactive Learning and Innovative Teaching: Modernizing Pedagogy through EdTech and Blended
Learning.  The symposium was held at the NEC AudioVisual Room.  As the tenth event in the OVCAA’s Balangkas Symposium Series, t
he symposium aimed to present examples and best practices in modernizing pedagogy, highlighting the use of education technology (EdTech) and effective teaching and learning strategies.  The symposium also served as a venue to generate feedback that would help ILC Diliman and the administration, in general, in improving its EdTech resources and services as well as in identifying strategies for promoting the culture of innovative and collaborative teaching in the University.

Different resource persons shared their ideas and experiences in effective pedagogical practices, as well as the strategies and challenges in making learning more engaging and interactive.  Dr. Joseph Ryan Lansangan, the Director of ILC Diliman, provi
ded a review of the different programs and services of ILC Diliman.  Asst. Prof. John Eustaquio (of STAT) presented the highlights of their Academic Program Improvement (API) assessment study (with Dr. Erniel Barrios and Asst. Prof. Kevin Carl Santos, both also from STAT) on the use of UVLê.  Asst. Prof. Elenita Que (of CEduc) talked about the framework and tools for integrating technology in teaching and learning, while Assoc. Prof. Rainier Almazan (of CSWCD) shared his experiences, lessons and issues in the use of LMS for his classes.  

Dr. Flaudette May Datuin (of CA
L) gave insights about team-teaching with UVLê as the “seventh teacher” in a large-class course, and Asst. Prof. Regina Gochuico (of CAL) shared her experiences in using the flipped classroom pedagogy. Mr. Michael Van Supranes (of STAT) highlighted the value of student feedback on course design and redesign.   

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benito M. Pacheco gave the welcome as well as the closing remarks.  Dr. Carlene
Perpetua P. Arceo, Director of GE Center Diliman, was the symposium moderator.  A total of 52 participants from different UP Diliman colleges and other campuses and universities (i.e., UP Manila and Philippine Women’s University) attended the symposium.