The Office of the Vice President for Instruction (OVPI), under the leadership of Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin, facilitated on May 4-5, 2015 a Seminar-Workshop on the Implementation of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) at the VSU Convention Hall. It was participated in by 249 faculty members from the different colleges of the VSU Main Campus and four satellite campuses.

The two-day seminar-workshop aimed  to know the outcomes-based education approach of learning and be able to differentiate it with inputs-based paradigm; review CHED’s existing policies, standards and guidelines and how these can be integrated into the curriculum and used as a guide to determine program outcomes; revise course syllabi integrating the OBE approach; and learn methodology in implementing the teaching-learning system – curriculum delivery, assessment and continuous quality improvement.

The participants worked on the curriculum revision to include goals and objectives of the academic programs integrating outcomes-based education and course syllabi revision integrating OBE.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, conveyed that outcomes-based education, the new approach of CHED, is open to incorporating discipline-based learning areas that currently structure HEI curricula. This means describing the attributes of ideal graduates based on the visions and missions as part of institutional goals or outcomes, and using these as bases for developing specific program outcomes. He encouraged the participants to take the seminar seriously, focus their attention and try to learn, because this is very important and is part of the University’s continuing effort to improve the delivery of instruction and training.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tulin explained that quality education today is measured not only by effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, but also by relevance. Relevance in education would mean addressing the needs of the students and the employers of today and providing the future graduates a curriculum of global comparability. Likewise, he stressed, successful implementation of OBE aims to transform students into graduates with full competence in their fields of study and who possess Filipino values, industry-desired values and values of global importance.

In her presentation as resource speaker during the two-day seminar-workshop, Prof. Cynthia Grace L. Diaz, Assistant Professor and College Secretary of the University of the East College of Education in Manila, explained that outcomes-based education thru CHED’s concept is an approach that focuses and organizes the educational system on what is essential for all learners to know, value, and be able to do to achieve a desired level of competence at the time of graduation. The program outcome of CHED’s new policies, standards and guidelines reflect the minimum program outcomes common to all programs in all types of schools, common to the discipline, specific to a sub-discipline and a major, and common to a horizontal type.

On the other hand, Prof. Diaz said, the spirit of outcomes-based teaching and learning is, in teaching, what ultimately matters is not what is taught, but what is learned. If the students have not learned, the teacher has not taught. Therefore, teachers would do well to set their specific objectives in terms of learning outcomes. She also pointed out that the learning outcomes should be specific, measurable, attainable or achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART). SMCLemos

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