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COE HOSTS SEMINAR ON TEACHING AND LEARNING


Dr. Walden Rio (fourth from the left) and the participants.

“Teaching teachers to teach.” This statement summarizes best the In-House Training Seminar-Workshop on Teaching and Learning hosted by the College of Engineering last May 25-27, 2009 at the Multimedia Center with Dr. Walden Rio as the resource speaker. The said training-seminar was attended by faculty members from the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA), College of Education (CoEd), College of Engineering (CoE), and College of Computer Science (CoCS).

Originally intended for teachers who are non-education degree holders, particularly engineers who are teaching engineering subjects, the seminar introduced the participants to essential education topics such as Bloom's Taxonomy and other learning domains; syllabus contents and objectives; and traditional and innovative teaching methods. Other topics included changing students' attitudes, preparing students to take the PRC board exam, and some faculty concerns such as, self-development and the creation of faculty portfolios. Dr. Rio delivered the topics in a modular format beginning each topic with a relevant joke or humorous anecdote to perk up the interest of the participants.



The atmosphere in the MMC was like that of a typical classroom where the teachers became the students who were worried that they would be called next to answer Dr. Rio's question. There were no right or wrong answers, only a sharing of minds, and much learning from Dr. Rio. It was like high school or college all over again for some, if not all, of the participants during the three-day insightful seminar.

Dr. Walden S. Rio has a long and illustrious career as a civil engineer, educator, and contributor to the advancement of engineering education in the Philippines. He was a former Dean of the College of Engineering of Central Philippine University, Ilo-ilo City from 1974-2003. He is now Dean Emeritus in the same institution. He was also a former Vice President for Administration in CPU. He was deeply involved in programs by the DECS and DOST which focused on the advancement of engineering education as well as majority of the areas of higher education for the whole Philippines. He underwent several workshops and trainings in educational methods on teaching and learning. He was also a member of the Technical Panel for Engineering, Technology and Architecture of CHED for eight years.

In 1996 he began attending the American Society for Engineering Education Convention in the United States and has been thoroughly involved in innovative learning from then onwards. He started the Teaching Teachers To Teach Seminar, in which the Teaching and Learning Seminar is based, in the CPU College of Engineering and adapted it for the whole university in 2002. He has written three manuals and presented forty papers in local and international engineering education conferences such as China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, USA, and Canada.



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