Professors learn test development for Transnational Education modules

Thursday November 8,2018

To further improve their knowledge on Transnational Education (TNE), professors of Bicol University participated in the Seminar-Workshop on Test Construction and Finalization of TNE Modules, organized by BU Graduate School (BUGS) this November 08 and 09 at the Fiesta Ballroom in Legazpi City.

The Transnational Education (TNE) is a system where students can receive tertiary degrees from institutions in different countries. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in its drive for raising the standard of tertiary education in the Philippines to an international level, has pushed for TNE by initiating partnerships between foreign universities and those within the country.

Being the prime state university in the Bicol region, BU was among those chosen to engage in TNE. As an example, it can be recalled that the university has already partnered with the University of Liverpool from the United Kingdom, through CHED and the British Council, for the development of a dual academic program on Master of Science in Sustainable Food System (MSc-SFS), which will be offered by BU College of Science (BUCS).

Thus, the said seminar-workshop of BUGS was made to orient the BU faculty members on the process of test construction and finalization for the TNE modules. The modules will be the online contents accessed by those enrolled in TNE programs like the MSc-SFS.

At the beginning of the program, the guests and participants were welcomed by the activity’s host BUCS Dean and member of BU’s TNE PMT Prof. Jocelyn E. Serrano in her welcome remarks. This was immediately followed by a speech by BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas. The BUGS Dean and TNE Project Lead Dr. Antonio P. Payonga also addressed the participants by giving an overview of the TNE Module Development.

Ms. Lala Cells of BU’s Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) taught the professors on how o upload the TNE modules on the Learning Management System (LMS) –the online platform developed for the TNE contents. According to her, the platform is already ready for use and is just waiting for the modules that they will finalize after the said workshop.

After Ms. Cells’ discussion, the faculty members’ orientation on Research Project Development was given by BU-TNE PMT member Dr. Victor S. Soliman, followed by a lecture on test construction for the TNE modules by BU College of Education (BUCE) Dean Dr. Lorna M. Miña.

Once the lectures and discussions are done, the participants proceeded to their test construction for the TNE module based on what they have learned. The workshop is set to continue in its second day with presentations and reviews of the modules, which will be headed by BU Center for Teaching Excellence (BU-CTE) Director Dr. Rebecca Rosario O. Bercasio.