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CDC concludes Three-day Training-Workshop for HEIs with Devcom

6 July 2018 by CBucu

The University of the Philippines Los Baņos' College of Development Communication (UPLB'CDC) concluded yesterday its three-day training-workshop entitled "Strengthening the Competencies of Faculty Members of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Offering Development Communication." This event was held from July 3-5 at the Drilon Hall of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture in Los Baņos. 

Faculty members from 25 of the HEIs in the Philippines that offer development communication in their curriculum actively participated in the training-workshop. The event was spearheaded by CDC to strengthen the capability of faculty members from participating HEIs; facilitate knowledge sharing on good practices in devcom instruction, research, and extension; and develop a learning and sharing platform for HEIs in support of the mentoring
component as a sustainability measure.

The first day of the event opened with a presentation of training and institutional needs assessment conducted by the CDC. Afterward, presentations and workshops on the following topics were conducted: good practices in devcom instruction; an overview of CDC curriculum's history; theories of development, communication, and devcom; and technological tools in education.  

The next day, the program was opened by UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr, who welcomed participants into the university and commended the CDCs efforts in conducting the activity which he said was the first of its kind to be conducted in UPLB. Afterward, Dr. Mildred Moscoso of the Department of Educational Communication shared the beginnings and experiences of the CDC Field Instruction Committee.  This was followed by presentations on various areas of competencies in devcom instruction as practiced through different courses in CDC's BS Development Communication program. For the latter part of the afternoon aProf. Garry Jay Montemayor of the Department of Science Communication discussed teaching quantitative devcom research.

The last day of the training-workshop began with a continuation on devcom research, wherein Dr. Pamela Custodio of the Department of Development Journalism discussed qualitative research. Presentation on CDC extension projects were conducted for rest of the morning program. This was followed by a workshop where participants shared the best practices, as well as challenges, in their respective institutions' extension programs. An activity was also conducted to identify the user needs and features for a proposed online platform where the participating HEIs can collaborate, followed by a synthesis of all the activities conducted in the past three days. 

The event concluded with testimonies from participants who shared their newfound appreciation for different areas of devcom. They also mentioned that this opportunity allowed them to connect/reconnect with fellow devcom practitioners and educators, as they look forward and commit to future collaborations with CDC and the rest of the HEIs offering devcom.