Published: 3:06 pm August 2, 2021 | Updated: 3:08 pm August 2, 2021
“As part of the FEU community, it is important to align our work ethics with the philosophy, core values, and vision, mission, goals, and objectives (VMGO) of our school. This will serve as our guiding principles in delivering quality education among our learners. The introduction of student-centered learning paradigm is very timely and essential, as we are all facing the challenges of online distance learning due to our current situation.”
As part of its efforts in empowering and equipping its faculty and staff, Far Eastern University conducted a five-part training entitled FEU InTL: Introduction to Teaching and Learning last June 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7, 2021 via Zoom.
The training was organized and facilitated by select faculty members and staff from the Far Eastern University Institute of Education (IE) and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Its participants were faculty members from FEU Cavite and FEU High School Manila. This training was conducted over the summer break of the participating schools in an effort to place all participants on one page.
Moreover, the topics discussed in the training focused on building and concretizing the identity of faculty members as part of the FEU community and instilling the university’s core values of Fortitude, Excellence, and Uprightness. A highlight in this training placed emphasis on student-centered learning, a strategy that FEU has been championing in the recent years. Topics on Teacher Professionalism and Basic Responsibilities of an FEU Faculty, Exploring Your Teaching Beliefs, FEU’s Teaching and Learning Philosophy, Overview of Inclusivity and Gender Sensitivity and Gender Neutral Language, and Gender Sensitivity: Masculinity, Jokes, and the Philippine Law were thoroughly discussed.
Prior to the commencement of the training, a primer was provided to introduce the topics to the participants and serve as a supplement and guide throughout the event. A striking feature of this training was the effective use of platforms such as Zoom and MS Teams, which spotlighted key speakers and provided an avenue for teachers and facilitators from the participating FEU schools to be grouped together and learn from one another.
Asked on how the training has helped him, Mr. Ryan Victorio from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics strand of FEU High School said, “As part of the FEU community, it is important to align our work ethics with the philosophy, core values, and vision, mission, goals, and objectives (VMGO) of our school. This will serve as our guiding principles in delivering quality education among our learners. The introduction of student-centered learning paradigm is very timely and essential, as we are all facing the challenges of online distance learning due to our current situation. It helps us to reassess and reexamine our pedagogical theories and practices on how to maximize the potential of our learners. Additionally, the student-centered learning as an approach helps our learners to become more prepared and competitive 21st century learners.”
Teacher Apprentice Ms. Celine Alburo from FEU High School also said that the training helped her learn “from a batch of diverse speakers from different backgrounds because of their fruitful insights.” She also said that she learned from the group activities, saying that it “required collaboration among us. These were of great help in instilling in our minds what it should be like to be part of the faculty from the FEU group of schools. We hope that because of this, we would be able to attain and maintain a unique and excellent brand of FEU teachers.”