Researchers convene in virtual TEStCon 2020

Cebu Normal University (CNU) continues to uphold its distinction as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education as it gathered educators from across the globe during the 7th International and 8th National Teacher Education Student Conference (TEStCon).

TEStCon 2020 themed Making Education Sustainable in the New Normal took place last November 23 to 24, 2020 via the Zoom platform gathering around 500 education students, educators, education researchers, and research enthusiasts to converse on the challenges in education brought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 
The annual research conference was organized by the CNU College of Teacher Education (CTE) in partnership with the Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID).
Dr. Filomena Dayabil, CNU President, said that the conduct of TEStCon 2020 is a proof of the students, faculty members, administration, and all CTE stakeholders’ zeal to continuously contribute to the knowledge generation and dissemination despite the health crisis. 
Dr. Josefino Ronquillo, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office VII Chief Education Program Specialist gave an Inspirational Talk on behalf of Dr. Maximo Aljibe, CHED Region VII Director, and said that impact analysis on the teaching-learning interventions done during the pandemic is needed to know the best practices that can answer the challenges in the new normal of education.       
Three plenary talk were delivered during the two-day research conference: Challenges and Opportunities of the Next Normal: The Role of Education in a Post-COVID-19 Era by Prof. Charles Hopkins, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability; Managing Remote Teaching and Learning in Higher Education by Dr. Sok Soth, Faculty of Education Dean of the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia; and Culture-Based Education in the New Normal by Prof. Orlando Magno, Commissioner of the National Committee on Cultural Education.

Break-out sessions were then held after the plenary talks for student and professional researchers to share their research findings making use of the digital platform to create borderless opportunities for collaboration and partnerships among different universities.
“TEStCon is one of the evidences that we still have the spirit to continue exploring and discovering new knowledge for the advancement of Higher Education,” Dr. Daisy Palompon, CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) said. 

Dr. Laurence Garcia, CNU Presidential Assistant for Planning and Development and Center for Research and Development Director commended CTE for providing an avenue for researchers to gather together and share best practices virtually. 

“Indeed, the pandemic didn’t stop us from sharing the knowledge regenerated and it is a realization that the research community is home to some resourceful, creative, and empathetic people,” he said. (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

Launching of the Research Institutes

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CNU Research Institutes

Ground Floor, CNU Teaching Arts Centrum
June 16, 2017 | 10:30 AM

  • Institute for Research in Innovative Instructional Delivery (IRIID)
    • Director: Dr. Reynaldo B. Inocian
  • Research Institute in Computational Mathematics and Physics (IRICMP)
    • Director: Dr. Roberto B. Corcino
  • Research Institute for Ageing and Health (RIAH)
    • Director: Dr. Laurence M. Garcia
  • Research Institute for Tropical Biology and Pharmacological Biotechnology (RITBPB)
    • Director: Dr. Milagros M. Greif
  • Research Institute of Public Governance (RIPG)
    • Director: Dr. Gary B. Lapiz