CNU adopts flexible teaching and learning delivery

Cebu Normal University (CNU) has decided to adopt the Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery as its instructional delivery mode for the upcoming academic year which starts this September.

The announcement was made last Tuesday, July 21, through a post on the CNU official Facebook page.

The Flexible Teaching and Learning Delivery makes use of online distance learning with the practice of synchronous and asynchronous types of learning.

Synchronous learning makes use of software platforms or video-communication services such as Zoom and Google Meet to conduct ‘real-time’ virtual classes, while asynchronous learning makes use of web services like Google classroom and emails to provide modules and assignments to students and the classes are not real-time.

The CNU faculty members have equipped themselves with these types of learning as the challenge of the new normal in education has arisen.

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CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon confirmed that students would not have to report physically in school during the start of the upcoming academic year as the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues.

The Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) will conduct online distance learning utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous means. Work-text books will still be used so that learning would not be purely conducted online. Parents and guardians are advised to supervise the students to ensure learning.    

The undergraduate students are given two options – online and offline distance learning.

The online distance learning is intended for those students who have stable internet connection to practice synchronous and asynchronous learning, and virtual classes will only be conducted if necessary.

Offline distance learning is an option for students with unstable or no internet connection. Students can communicate with their teachers through messenger and text and submit their tasks/assignments through email.

Self-learning modules will be provided for those students who would go for offline distance learning. A system on the delivery of modules and submission of outputs is still being finalized and will be announced later on.

The Graduate School will purely practice online distance learning which can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both.

Palompon said that the online mode for graduate studies was implemented starting last March 2020 when classes were suspended due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). She said that online distance learning shall be continued as part of the University’s long-term plan for graduate students. (JDF)

Graduate students and educators learn new trends in food processing

Current food processing techniques were learned by Cebu Normal University (CNU) graduate school students and faculty members through a lecture conducted by a volunteer professor from South Korea.

Lecture on Emerging Trends in Food Processing was held last February 15, 2020 at the Tandang Sora Nursing Hall. It was attended by graduate students who major in Science-related fields and faculty members from the Science Department.  

Dr. Kong Hwan Kim, a retired Professor from Ajou University, Suwon, Korea who is a PhD-holder in Food Engineering was invited as a resource speaker.

He discussed the emerging trends in food processing such as novel thermal and novel non-thermal technologies. He also discussed varied food processing techniques that extend shelf life of products without changing their taste and damaging their nutrient contents.

Samples of novel thermal technologies include microwaves, radiofrequency, and ohmic heating. Applications of novel non-thermal technologies on the other hand include high pressure, pulsed electric fields, ultrasound, induction heating ultraviolet, light pulses, ozone, cold plasma, irradiation, and dense phase carbon dioxide.  

Prof. Kim said that the emerging technology is environmentally friendly through the use of less energy to process food. He said that it definitely has no negative effect on society at all.

The event was organized by the External Affairs and International Linkages (EAIL) Office in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Teacher Education (CTE), and the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO).

Prof. Kim is a volunteer Professor in CNU who has stayed for more than a month teaching Korean language and his expertise in food engineering.

He has been a Professor for 35 years before retiring five years ago.

Prof. Kim has been to different countries such as Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, and Cambodia doing his volunteer service in teaching. (JDF)

GRASSO holds National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation

To widen the opportunity for professional and academic growth, the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO) conducted the National Training Workshop on Research Instrumentation (NTWRI) last February 22 and 23, 2020 at the Tandang Sora Hall.

Mr. Angelito B. Cabanilla Jr., president of GRASSO, expressed his happiness to offer “free seminar”, and extended his gratitude to the CNU Administrators, headed by Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil, for the utmost support in the activity.

In an interview, Cabanilla told Ang Suga that, “Being the president of the Graduate School Student Organization is really difficult for me kay aside sa akong work ug sa akong studies kay naka-come up gihapon mig activities para sa graduate school students, and I am also very thankful sa mga GRASSO officers and to the NTWRI coordinators.”

Serving as keynote speakers were Dr. Roderick Misa from College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Dr. Ray Ferdinand Gagani from College of Teacher Education (CTE), who both shared the concepts of Item Response Theory and the Rasch Model to be utilized in test development.

The workshop aimed to enchance the Graduate Students’ competence on choosing the right statistical test for research.

“About Rasch Model, it tries to detect a person’s ability and item difficulty separately, so it means that the difficulty level of the item does not depend on the test taker,” Gagani explained.

Misa also expressed the importance of good instruments in research for it to be accurate in its data gathering.

“Because graduate studies are into research, you will be using instruments and if you know that the instrument is not good, you will be gathering erroneous data, therefore the conclusion is not good,” Misa explained.

NTWRI Coordinator Dan Nacion expressed the importance of getting acquainted with the correct and exact research instruments.

“It is also very useful and vital activity for the students across this university, since the university is known to be a multidisciplinary research university,” he concluded.

Words by Orly Joromat

GRASSO Day resumes after 2-year halt

What was once an event geared towards re-experiencing graduate students’ avenue to escape hefty loads of paperwork has finally made a comeback.

To flourish friendship and foundation, the Graduate School Students Organization (GRASSO) of Cebu Normal University (CNU) brought back GRASSO Day 2019 in various spaces of the university such as Samuel MacClintock (SM) Hall, CNU Inner Court, and Integrated Laboratory School Stage, yesterday.

Despite their active academic priorities, postgraduate students managed to laud the event and fortify the theme “Adlaw sa Kalingawan, Panaghigalaay ug Panaghiusa”.

In an interview with Ang Suga, Hon. Angelito Cabanilla, GRASSO President, shared that the event had been discontinued last 2017 and 2018 due to busy schedules of the former officers.

“[Karon] timingan sad nga akong officers kay molihok sad sila. Actually, naglisod mi kay halos [kami tanan] bag-o, [pero] bisan og bag-o mi tanan, ako nga president, kay ari man ko nagtrabaho sa CNU, na-process ra dayon ang mga papeles. Ang treasurer namo ari pod nagtrabaho; ang internal process kay napaspas siya,” he explained.

After the short program in the morning, the participants played Larong Pinoy without associating themselves with their respective departments.

Cabanilla said, “Lisod man god itapok ang students, so among paagi na lang is amo na lang gihatagan og freedom ang BPED (Bachelor of Physical Education) students sa undergraduate nga silay magbuot, wala nay college, wala nay department. Bisag kinsa lay mangapil.”

Meanwhile, the amusement radiated during the afternoon session as board games such as scrabble and chess preceded in SM Hall.

Active sports like volleyball and badminton happened at CNU Inner Court and ILS Stage.

Students from the Bachelor of Physical Education, under their organization Physical Education Majors Organization (PEMO), facilitated all the games.

Hon. Murphy Japson, PEMO President said, “Sadya ra gyod kaayo kay dali ra kaayo mag-instruct kay mopatuo dayon [ang mga Graduate Studies students] kay kasabot ra unya kahibaw na sila unsay basic nga buhatonon [sa pagduwa].”

Awarding ceremony

Serving as the event’s culmination, winners from the different games and sports were awarded during the latter part.

The following is a list of winners for GRASSO Day 2019:

Sack Race
Jorjie Nepangue
Doniar Cinafranca
Judy Mae Brizo
Jason Dave Alfar
Psyche Mari Elivera

Mary Faith Barrio
Cathlien Sigarra
Ena Clavel Tabudlong
Mylene Arcenal
Carl Loven Adlawon

Tug of War
Jhonder Genobesa
Ronilyn Menoria
Eva Buot
Ellane Lazarte
Mary Faith Barrio
Cathlien Sigarra
Ena Clavel Tabudlong
Mylene Arcenal
Carl Loven Adlawon
Hepzhibah Pilapil
Azenith Mendaros
Jenely Anarez
Maria June Candia
Marie Duazo
Shara Mae Cabuenas
Jose April Alquizola
Luzvie Estrada
Jeriah Joy Donila
Nicell Balaba

Dragon’s Tail
Johnly Gamboa
Rizza Amaca
Adelle Judilla
Psyche Mari Elivera
Jason Alfar
Ma. Charrie Anana
Jorjie Nepangue
Domar Cimafranca
Jhonnder Genobesa
Angeline Bertulfo
Eva Queenilyn Buot
April Megan Gonzales
Ronilyn Menorias
Maria Jane Vailoces
Jeriah Joy Denila
Jane April

Sandy Amores
April Megan Gonzales
Psyche Mari Elivera
Mary Grace Flores
Ma. Charrie Anana
Darwin Belandres

Bryan Catubig

Badminton (Men’s Singles)
James Luresh Un

Badminton (Women’s Singles)
Reina Jane Casas

Badminto Doubles
Doniar Cimafranca
Alfar Jason

Words by Jhonazel Kiskis, Mikaela Jane Dagani, and Mark Aleson Sanico
Photos by Lou Adrian Paghasian