CHED Memorandum Order No. 37 s. 2012 mandated the establishment of outcomes-based education (OBE) system in higher education institutions (HEIs) as a means to achieve academic excellence.
In compliance, HEIs have made efforts to implement OBE up to the classroom level, OBE teaching and learning (OBETL). The successful implementation of OBETL requires constructive alignment between the Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILO), Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs), Assessment Tasks (ATs), and Grading Criteria (GC). However, development efforts of HEIs have largely focused on the first three areas i.e., CILO, TLA, and ATs. GCs or the rubrics for directly assessing ATs have received relatively less attention. Grading criteria are important in measuring student-learning outcomes and are crucial for continuous quality improvement in terms of curriculum and instruction, faculty development, academic supervision, and, ultimately, student learning experience.
Thus, the Ateneo de Naga University through its Graduate School and the Ateneo Teacher Training Center conducted a three-day webinar-workshop, a CHED funded project, to enhance the proficiency of college teachers in private HEIs in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Masbate to implement the OBE/OBETL framework through capacity-building activities. This is in direct response to the persistent concern of CHED as well as among accrediting bodies (e.g., PAASCU) with regard to the effective implementation of OBE/OBETL in private HEIs, particularly on the authentic assessment of student learning outcomes.
The training webinar brought 123 teachers from the partner higher education institutions (HEI’s) namely, Camarines Norte College, La Consolacion College-Daet, Mabini College, Naga College Foundation, Osmena College, St. Peter Baptist Colege Foundation, Inc., and Sta Elena College.
This CHED Grant Project aimed to provide training and practical guide to teachers on the development and application of appropriate strategies (ATs) and rubrics (GCs) for the assessment of student learning outcomes. The first day (April 21) focused on the presentation of the result on training needs survey conducted to the teachers of the partner HEI’s and the talk, discussion, and workshop on Outcome-Based Education and Course which was facilitated by Dr. Ronaldo SP. Elicay, the Assistant to the President for Educational Advocacy. On this first day, the teacher-participants reviewed, revised, and submitted their Course Syllabi.
Dr. Arnulfo Aaron Reganit, Director of the Ateneo Teacher Training Center (ATTC) and the Regional Program Coordinator of the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), a trustee of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) discussed and facilitated a training workshop on Assessment in Outcome-Based Education focusing on Authentic Assessment, Performance-Based Assessment, Rubrics, and Portfolio Assessment. The designing and writing of performance prompts, and assessment rubrics; and portfolio assessment rubrics were done in the afternoon of the 2nd and 3rd day, respectively.
The webinar-workshop was also applied for CPD credit-units at the Professional Regulation Commission. Also, it was well managed through the technical assistance of Ms. Mharlet C. Bayais, Mr. John Michael Reviila, Ms. Christaine Mae A. Bael and Ms. Ma. Theresa O. Ables.