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In line with the goals of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and in an effort to further push for excellence in instruction, the CAS Curriculum Committee organized an in-service training for the junior faculty members of the college at the CAS Audio-visual Hall last June 20 and 21.

Dr. Lorelie Gloria A. Samaniego, Chair of the CAS Curriculum Committee, alongside the Curriculum Committee members initiated the training to enhance the teaching competencies of the novice teachers. Fifty-six (56) part-time, temporary and other interested permanent teachers comprised the list of participants.

The speakers, Dr. Nenita I. Prado, the Director of Admissions, Scholarships, and Placements Office (ASPO) spoke on Higher Order Thinking Skills, Syllabus Making, Test Construction and Item Analysis; Dr. Raul C. Orongan, Dean of the College of Education (COE) discussed about Alternative Assessments; and, Dr. Rolito G. Eballe, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) enlightened the participants with the University Grading System and the K to 12 Initiative.

The two-day activity addressed the importance of using Bloom’s Taxonomy in formulating classroom objectives, construction of outcomes-based syllabus following the more preferred matrix format, making of Table of Specification (TOS) for a particular test, measuring the Validity and Reliability of test items, devising appropriate Assessment Methods that work in the classroom, and orienting the new faculty members with the University Grading system. At the end of the workshop, the participants were tasked to submit and present their outputs—syllabus, TOS and Item Analysis by department.

“This in-service training is a straightforward reminder that as educators, we can do more to enrich our craft to make the teaching and learning processes more relevant, responsive and productive,” CAS dean Dr. Eballe said. With this endeavor, the College of Arts and Sciences stands true to its vision to be “actively committed to the total development of the people”.

By: Doreen Elsie Jane L. Gersava

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