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