On 15-16 June 2018, the UP College of Engineering (UPCOE) Faculty Conference on Engineering Education Innovation, with the theme “Teaching Innovations in Engineering,” was held at the Oriental Hotel in Mariveles, Bataan. The two-day conference became a platform to address concerns in view of the current curricular changes in Engineering Education and the evolving needs of the student body, and in consideration of the dynamic nature of engineering processes and research. The conference was designed to reequip faculty members with teaching innovations that will assist them in pursuing the College’s tradition of excellence in teaching through the sharing of best practices. The conference was attended by more than one hundred faculty members, who are instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, and professors.
The conference featured a roster of reputable speakers in their respective fields. They include Dr. Violeta Bautista, Head of the UPD Office of Counseling and Guidance, who was the keynote speaker; Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Bautista, UP VP for Academic Affair; Dr. Grace S. Koo, Professor at the UPD College of Education; Dr. Fernando Paragas, Professor at the UPD College of Mass Communication; Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., UPD Professor and DOST-ASTI acting Director; Dr. Luis Sison, UPD COE Professor; Ms. Joycelyn Aqueta, Trainer at Teach for the Philippines; Dr. Roel Ocampo, UPD COE Assoc. Professor, and Asst. Professors Roy Canseco and Jill Manapat. Also, one of the speakers was Prof. Pritpal Singh, a visiting professor and current chairperson of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA.
The topics discussed during the plenary include the following: Observations on Teaching Innovations: The Case of ASEAN and the Philippines; Reading Cues and Observing the Behavior of Students; Pedagogy for Millennials; Special and Inclusive Education in Higher Education; Using the Real World, Global, Humanitarian Engineering Projects to Improve the Education of Engineering Students; Cultivating T-Shaped Engineers Through Collaboration; Engineering Teaching Innovations; and talks on individual initiatives of some UPCOE faculty members on teaching innovations.
Aside from the plenary, there were parallel workshops on the second day that were facilitated by Dr. Paragas and Ms. Azueta. The faculty members were divided into two groups. The first group discussed “Mapping Teaching Innovations” while the second group discussed “Special and Inclusive Education in Higher Education.”
Author: Ma. Cristina Filio