Advancing the Innovative Teaching-Learning Process through the 21st Century and H.I.V.E. Classrooms

By Jomerl I. Gomez, USTP System STRATCOMM

Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the quest for providing the USTP community with an advanced and innovative teaching-learning experience continues for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CiTL) under the dynamic leadership of its director and concurrent Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the USTP Cagayan de Oro campus, Dr. Amparo V. Dinagsao, through the 21st Century and Holistic Innovative Venue for Excellence (H.I.V.E.) classrooms.

The CiTL aims to provide a venue where effective educational strategies, best teaching evidence-based practices, and pedagogy are shared among faculty members. The center is also in pursuit of building innovative teaching and learning ecosystems, which involves creating a conducive learning environment for students. 

In line with that, Engr. Lloyd John B. Estampa, CiTL Program Head for Design Thinking and Design Thinking Master, has been conducting faculty training focusing on the importance of educators empathizing with their students.

Engr. Estampa stressed that, when designing a learning environment, educators should have an idea of their student’s learning environment, particularly their level of comfort, mobility, and connectivity, which covers access to the internet. Engr. Estampa also highlighted the importance of defining their student’s learning needs and formulating ideas on how to best address them.

These concerns are what CiTL’s 21st Century and H.I.V.E. classrooms aim to address.

The 21st Century Classroom

In 2021, the CiTL prepared a 21st Century Classroom at the LRC Building (Room 23-104) with facilities and equipment that will help form creative and critical thinking students with effective communication skills and who can collaborate with others. Later that year, the classroom was turned over to the College of Information Technology and Computing (CITC) under the deanship of Dr. Jocelyn B. Barbosa, since the CITC has a program recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center for Excellence (COE).

With the 21st Century Classroom, the faculty can enjoy designing their learning environment, class activities, and instructional resources with the following:

  • media recording system (all-in-one touch screen)
  • interactive display/teacher PC
  • tracking camera
  • conference camera
  • keyboard controller
  • HDMI capture box
  • desktop computer (all-in-one)
  • video camcorder
  • video tripod
  • 40 pcs tablets

Various faculty and staff from the CITC then underwent the “Training on Technology Tools for 21st Century Classroom” spearheaded by the CiTL to equip them to work on real-world programs, strengthen their knowledge, and pursue full integration of innovative solutions in their teaching process.

The 21st Century Classroom is available for use by other colleges and offices upon request from the CITC.

The H.I.V.E. Classroom

Aside from the 21st Century Classroom, the CiTL also created the H.I.V.E. classroom, which presents a venue that encourages exploration, connection, and integration among students and faculty.

After a series of meetings with involved USTP officials – primarily, Dr. Alenogines L. San Diego, Dean of the USTP College of Technology (COT); Engr. Edgem Lloyd S. Balabis and Ar. Chris Francis N. Aspiras from the USTP College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA); and CiTL’s Engr. Lloyd Jhon B. Estampa – the H.I.V.E. classroom soon came into existence.

Dr. Dinagsao met with (L-R) Engr. Balabis, Engr. Estampa, Dr. San Diego, and Engr. Erich P. Abad, USTP ICET Director, for the initial planning of the H.I.V.E. Classroom.

For a second time, Dr. Dinagsao met with Engr. Balabis and Ar. Aspiras to revise their initial plans for the H.I.V.E. classrooms. Engr. Balabis and Ar. Aspiras are in charge of finalizing the layout, structure, and costing of the classroom.

The CiTL Director then met with Engr. Estampa to finalize the plans for the H.I.V.E. classroom.

The involved USTP officials ensured that their plans took to heart the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) framework, as can be observed in the following:

Conceptualization of the H.I.V.E. Classroom

Designing the H.I.V.E. Classroom

Implementation of the H.I.V.E. Classroom

Operation of the H.I.V.E. Classroom

The CiTL believes that the H.I.V.E. classroom will be a great venue for students and faculty, particularly from the College of Technology, to use for their Design Thinking classes.

The H.I.V.E. classroom is a CHED-initiated project under the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants (CHED-IDIG).

Blessing and Moving Forward

On December 28, 2021, the CiTL held the blessing of the 21st Century and H.I.V.E. Classrooms, which was officiated by Fr. Mark Harvey Elloren, SSJV.

The blessing was followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting, headed by Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, USTP System President, and Dr. Amphie Vedua-Dinagsao.

The center expressed its gratitude to everyone who celebrated the event, especially the College of Technology (COT) and College of Information Technology and Computing (CITC) who helped prepare the classrooms.

The 21st Century and H.I.V.E. Classrooms are now ready to launch. See you there, innovators!

Source: Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CiTL)