More than 30 faculty from 11 member universities and colleges of the Council of Engineering and Architectural Schools in Western Visayas attended C & E Publishing, Inc.'s seminar-workshop on Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) book writing and teaching strategies held at Colegio de San Agustin in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental from October 27 to 28, 2014.
The participating higher educational institutions were Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas, University of Antique, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, St. Anthony College, University of San Agustin-Iloilo, Fellowship Baptist College, Central Philippine Adventist College, University of St. La Salle, Filamer Christian University, and Capiz State University.
C & E organized the seminar-workshop to help educators develop OBE teaching methods for engineering students and to equip them with the knowledge and skills in preparing OBE-compliant manuscripts for engineering books. This was in response to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order 46, Series of 2012 also known as the Policy-Standard to Enhance Quality Assurance (QA) in Philippine Higher Education Through an Outcomes-Based and Typology-Based QA which aims to change the focus of Philippine education from the inputs of the teaching-learning process to the outputs of learning instead.
With OBE, the teaching methods will be learner-centered and will focus on measuring the performance of students or the outcomes. This is the opposite of the traditional educational system in the country which focuses on the inputs or the available resources for students.
Jonathan V. Macayan, Dean of the School of Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences (SLHS) at the Mapua Institute of Technology, and Bernadino C. Ofalio, Basic Studies Coordinator of SLHS, introduced to the participants the essentials of writing OBE-compliant textbooks and facilitated a workshop on writing textbook outlines.
Meanwhile, Rube Bloom Rule-Delacruz, C & E’s Acquisition Officer for Higher Education-Local discussed the requirements and process flow for submitting manuscripts for publication to C & E. In her closing remarks, she also expressed that C & E encourages a dynamic publication environment among universities and organizations where the works of potential authors are just waiting to be published.
"We hope that this [seminar-workshop] is the first step for you towards fulfilling your goals as teachers not just within your schools but to other students on a nationwide scale, and maybe even beyond," said Delacruz in her closing remarks.