Educators imparted knowledge on the innovations in food preservation, safety, and technology as well as on the challenges in teaching and learning physical education and sports pedagogy during the 7th session of Higher Education Connect (HEdConnect).

The two-part series of HEdConnect 7 organized by Cebu Normal University-College of Teacher Education (CNU-CTE) faculty members took place last November 6 and 13, 2020 respectively via the Zoom platform. 

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The first part talked about Adapting Food Technology and Innovation in the New Normal and the second part was about Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy in the New Normal. 

CNU-CTE Dean Dr. Ethel Abao said that the webinar ushers all towards becoming healthy and productive civil servants that contribute to nation-building considering that a healthy citizenry makes a progressive society.

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CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Daisy Palompon said that it is also the intent of HEdConnect 7 to present varied strategies, tools, and knowledge in sports and physical education needed to adjust to the new normal.  

The webinar was participated in by different educational institutions all over the Philippines with combined speakers from Cebu Normal University (CNU), Cebu Technological University (CTU), and Magna Anima Teachers College in Laguna.  

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The speakers of the first series of HEdConnect 7 included Charess Goles and Jannet Bondad, CTE faculty members who discussed Food Preservation-Guide to Food Safety and Food Waste Reduction respectively; and Dr. Renissa Sario-Quiñones, CTU faculty who talked about Food Innovation and Technology Transfer. 

The resource persons of the second part of the series included Marlon Bojos, CNU-CTE faculty who shared about Creating a Positive Online PE Classroom Environment; Jem Cloyd Tanucan, CNU Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) Sports and Wellness Coordinator who talked on Physical Education as a Family Event; Dr. Wilson Ibañez, CNU BPED, BCAED, and BTLED Chair who discussed on Quaranteaching in PE and Sports; and Sebastian Ripoll, Magna Anima Sports and Physical Education Development Head who facilitated on Integrating Sports Clubs and PE for Greater Sports Participation.

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HEdConnect is a webinar series intended to gather educators from different institutions for knowledge transfer and gain insights from each other’s experiences. 

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The HEdConnect also aims to expand educators’ perspectives, broaden their expertise, and enhance the passion to teach in a greater global academic community. (JDF)