Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Now that new normal has fostered new approaches to 21st century learning, academic institutions are looking forward to the future of education landscape towards accommodating the changes in the learning environment.

It is with the 1st International Education Congress led by the Isabela State University-Cabagan Campus that the University comes to wrestle with this concern in collaboration with international academic institutions.

The Isabela State University- Cabagan campus launched its first International Educators’ Congress on February 22-24, 2022 eyed on the theme: “Transforming Educational Landscape for the Alpha Generation Learners,” chaired by Dr. Elizabeth H. Alonzo, Dean of the College of Education. The congress had a total number of 172 registered participants including 24 presenters in the plenary sessions.

Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino, President of Isabela State University opened the said congress and welcomed the participants and speakers by emphasizing the initiative of the College of Education of ISU-Cabagan and the Regional Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (ReCITE) to commence the First Educators’ Congress.

IEC is timely, urgent and critically important for us, educators, to consider. We need to re-engineer the delivery of instruction and re-design assessment to suit the alpha generation learners,” said Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillio, ASEAN Eng., President of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) during his message in the opening program.

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Margarita Sheu, former Vice President of the Wenzao Ursuline University in Taiwan magnified the educational landscape that we have nowadays; offered new lenses for the Alpha generation amplifying the Ursuline Education.

The plenary sessions featured the discussions and presentations of Dr. Maricar S. Prudente, Professor at De La Salle University on “Adaptive Education for Future Knowledge and Skills: The Roles of TEIs;” Neelesh Bhatia, CEO of AkadAsia on “Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable E-Education;” Dr. Allan B. De Guzman, Professor at the University of Santo Tomas on “Reconstructing Teacher Education Qualification and Standards;” and Dr. Ambrose Hans G. Aggabao, Executive Officer, Isabela State University-Cabagan on “Disruptive Innovation in Education.”

Meanwhile, the closing program on the third day was highlighted with the conference proceedings which was given by Prof. Ruby Mamauag and followed by an audio-visual presentation. The closing remarks was delivered by Dr. Orlando F. Balderama, ISU Vice President of Research and Development, Extension and Training where he applauded everyone for the successful conduct of the congress even amidst the pandemic.

The College of Education and ReCITE are auspicious for the second leg of the said Educators’ Congress. (GZ/BJC/JF-UMIS-CMS with Richster John Macaballug, ISU Cabagan Correspondent).