CITL or the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CiTL) is an enabling hub for achieving institutional goals of increasing market to its product by providing outstanding instruction and support for not only our new but also for the continuing professional development of our veteran/experienced faculty members. Hence, this will lead the university be able to produce graduates that can compete globally, not only employed as leaders to industries but also to have been given an option to become successful innovators.
Science, technology, and innovation have always been recognized as essential for national development in the Philippines. However, it is crucial to create ecosystems that support innovation, in order to fully reap the benefits of these fields as significant drivers of economic development, thus boosting the country’s global competitiveness.
During this K to 12 transition and as part of the larger efforts towards a globally competitive Philippines, USTP would like to seize this opportunity to give emphasis and strengthen the innovation mindset among members in the university. The establishment of the CiTL aims to develop the capacity of the faculty/professors to teach any course anchored on the innovation framework, starting with CDIO and design thinking, and to create a facility for digital technologies to be developed.
The CITL , along with other initiatives of the university, will help USTP in producing skilled graduates who will spur innovation that will answer to the needs of the community, thus responding to the industry’s requirement of a future employee or better yet graduates who will be leaders and job creators. These outcomes answer to the grant’s thrusts of nationalism, inclusive growth and sustainable development, and global competitiveness.
The initiatives involved in achieving these goals and outcomes will also create opportunities for sustainability through endowments, engagements, paid trainings and workshops to name a few.
The learners of today have different realities than how the older generation was taught and how they learned in University. Due to a changing profile of our students, a developing country like the Philippines should constantly reflect, review if whatever academic experiences offered to students still cultivate a broader set of skills and dispositions beyond the content knowledge. The old curriculum and pedagogy have failed to engage our younger generation as active learners and meaning creators and thus are not doing justice to National Development especially that knowledge has become power in a globalized world. Recently, the university faces different new challenges and pressures. Aside from the issuance of CMO no. 37 series 2012 requiring the establishment of an outcomes-based education system in higher institution, there is the introduction of the conceive, design, innovate, operate (CDIO – in 2014) concepts from the TEMASEC Singapore to the Philippine universities as an innovative strategies in teaching and learning
TEMASEC Singapore to the Philippine universities as innovative strategies in teaching and learning which many top international universities have adopted and implemented. ASEAN integration, international accreditation and globalization are also forcing us to go with this direction in order for the university to produce graduates that can compete globally. Aside from all these challenges and external forces the university felt the importance to be more responsive to students’ needs and more concerned about how well students are prepared to assume future societal roles and be recognized in the international community. USTP also has been a partner for five years with Singapore Polytechnic in the implementation of Learning Express where the design thinking (DT) framework has been used to create and propose solutions to the community’s problems. However, the use of CDIO and DT has been limited to certain activities and been employed by few trained Faculty. The need to institutionalize and have an enabling mechanism is called for. Thus, this center is proposed as this will help facilitate the realization of USTP’s mission and vision as this will facilitate the integration of the Disruptive Innovation Framework/Paradigm (CDIO and Design thinking) in the different curricular programs which includes the development and support of the teaching and learning of innovation courses in engineering and other program through capacity- & capability-building trainings of the Faculty. Provide the venue where effective educational strategies, best teaching evidence-based practices and pedagogy are shared among faculty members. Exemplar curricular program/courses where the Educational Technologies have been used/integrated in instruction will be shared to other HEIs.
For the realization of one of USTP’s new administration’s 7-point agenda, specifically the “Yearn for Excellence in Teaching and Learning,” it is the aim of the center to be an enabling hub for achieving institutional goals and to manage as well as supervise the introduction and implementation of new pedagogies and start building the innovative teaching and learning ecosystems to produce quality graduates that are not only educated to support and work in an industry/company but also educated to become innovative entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
Specifically, CiTL as a Faculty support, will:
1) facilitate the integration of the CDIO and Design thinking in the different curricular programs which includes the development and support of the teaching and learning of innovation courses in engineering and other program through capacity- & capability-building trainings of the faculty;
2) provide the venue where effective educational strategies, best teaching evidence-based practices and pedagogy are shared among faculty members, and
3) facilitate the review and design of the curriculum/courses/programs to sustain and promote innovation.
The Center’s framework shows that the University will continually strive for excellence in instruction with the outcomes-based education (OBE) as a method for curriculum design and teaching. The stated outcomes and objectives of the curriculum will be achieved if the faculty will be provided with the opportunity to be capacitated and provided with several venues for capability-building in-service trainings. These in-service trainings include, but not limited to topics, concepts of CDIO, Design Thinking, facilitation, on designing assessments of learning and methods.
However, the Center also believes that there must be a follow-through or assistance that must be extended to the faculty after attending trainings or workshops. Thus, coaching and mentoring is a program that will ensure sustainability and continuous drive for improvement in instruction. The online series and webinars are also provided for the faculty to also gain knowledge on evidenced-based pedagogies through a short video highlighting some good practices of teaching university students.
Believing that excellent teaching has to be recognized, the innovative teaching series is a year-round activity in the college where a faculty will share their strategies and pedagogies in engaging students and their experiences in using CDIO, Design thinking etc in class.
The Center is basically a faculty support and with its programs and services, the vision is to have a community of practice in USTP.