The classroom isn’t a stage but it sure could be one. Lessons are scripts to be memorized, sit-inners could be the understudies of the stars, the walls are the wooden doors that open in the start and close at the end of an act, and grades are the roses thrown on the stage floor commencing a wonderful show.” Bravo!
Such analogy is inspired by the statement of Dr. Aurora Fe Bautista in the recently held Module Writing Workshop of the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Serving as the resource speaker, she pronounced, “Being a teacher is like being a director. You don’t get to be the star. You don’t get to be in the center stage. You are only the guide to the whole show.”
The Resource-based Module Development towards Enhancing Learning Workshop was held with the aim for the faculty members to learn how to develop course modules and at the same time for them to organize their classes and respective subjects. The workshop was held on February 1 and 2, 2018 at the TLRC AVR, UPV Miagao campus and was attended by 20 faculty members.
Dr. Bautista elaborated about the ADDIE model of module development which stands for 5 key steps in writing course modules – Analyse, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate. She also emphasized the importance of going through each and every step in order for the course modules to be able to assist in the teaching and learning process.
She also talked about the significance of basic concepts in modules such as ITQs or Inter-text Questions and SLAs or Self-Learning Activities.
“Student-centered,” as she calls it, Dr. Bautista emphasized that courses taught in the university should be leaning towards value that may able to impact the lives of the students. She stressed the values of integrity and responsibility in teaching to resonate the motto of the university, “Honor and Excellence.”
“How can education affect change in the people and the community?” posed Dr. Bautista further rendering that the affective domain of each of the courses taught should be realized by the end of the semester.
It was also discussed that a conversational type of writing should be utilized in the making of the course modules so that the students may feel as if the teacher is talking to them, supplementing the class discussions, making the students entail their interpretation on the activities and assignments.
“If there’s something to clarify on, it should be done inside the classroom,” Dr. Bautista explained that the modules should not substitute to classes, but rather, supplement.
At the end of the workshop, several proposals from faculty members of the Division of Social Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, School of Technology, UPV Tacloban College, College of Management, UP High School in Iloilo, and Division of Professional Education were presented.
TLRC is looking forward to more proposals in the next batches of the Module Writing Program, in hopes to supplement instructional and educational materials in the service of the teaching and learning process.