𝐃𝐫. 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐨 𝐮𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 ‘𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤’
By Arvin Englisa
Dr. Pedrito M. Castillo, Vice President – Institute of Pedagogical Advancement and Competitiveness of the University of Mindanao Davao City encouraged UMTC students to ask questions if they are having trouble, emphasizing to UMTCians that it is their right to inquire and that professors would surely appreciate if they will ask questions.
In his talk during the webinar organized by the office of the Dean of College early this morning, February 13, entitled “Distance Education Learning: Undergraduate Learner’s Study Habits in Focus”, Dr. Castillo pointed out that asking questions or for help when having trouble in academics, is the first suggested learning strategy for a student to stay on track.
“It is your right na magtanong po. Old school po ‘yon na ‘pag nagtanong ka sa teacher, naiinsulto ang teacher. Hindi po totoo ‘yon. In fact, we will appreciate if you will ask questions,” Dr. Castillo highlighted.
He also said that when topics or lessons are ambiguous to the students, it is their right to really clarify, adding that asking questions is very simple and logical.
“Ask questions. Kung hindi klaro sa ’yo, magtanong…In fact, karapatan niyo po ‘yon. In fact, nagbabayad kayo sa UM kaya magtanong po kayo. It is very simple and logical,” the UM-Davao City VP of the Institute of Pedagogical Advancement and Competitiveness furthered.
𝑬𝒙𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝑫𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒔
Dr. Pedrito Castillo in the mentioned webinar also underscored the importance of the students communicating to their teachers, saying that learners could actually ask for extension of deadlines.
“Just inform your teacher if you cannot beat the deadline. We extend deadlines primarily because in general, we have unstable internet connection,” he instructed.
He made it clear that the University adheres to the Commission on Higher Education’s Policy of Leniency that is why college students just have to inform their professors if they cannot beat the deadline so that they would be granted extension.
𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈
The former VP for Academic Planning and Services of the University of Mindanao also made sure to tell the students of UM Tagum College that they should pursue further content and must not just purely dwell on what their teachers give and what are provided in the self-instructional manuals.
“Learning is collaborative partnership between the teachers and the students. Students have also the responsibility to pursue content. Hindi puwedeng teacher lang,” Castillo stressed.
He also advised the learners who are audience to the aforementioned webinar that that they must as well know what to overlook and where to focus when reading references.
The VP said “that the problem with the instruction ‘read your reference’ is that the students literally read the entire book” which is according to him, a very stressful thing.
“What you need to do is intentional and purposive reading,” Dr. Pedrito Castillo advised the students.
𝑭𝒐𝒄𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕
“You need to redirect your commitment. You need to revisit your priorities,” the resource speaker highlighted.
Castillo then explained that students must really be true to their academic priorities, saying that whoever said that grades are merely numbers and philosophized that a 75% mark is all right for it is just what the government requires, is already dead.
Moreover, he also included in his talk words of inspirations that students could hold on to in this hard time of the pandemic.
“Refresh where you get your inspiration. ‘Pag napagod ka na, para kanino ka bumabangon?” Dr. Castillo posed.
“Kahit pagod na pagod na, come on, bangon, laban! That is grit for you. Kung napagod na, kung na-stress na, kapag parang nag-numb na ang brain, take a break,” he furthered.
Meanwhile, Castillo did not forget to also be more relevant to the students, especially that he delivered his talk one day before the anticipated Valentine’s Day.
“Hindi po pre-requisite ang pagkakaroon ng boyfriend o girlfriend sa Valentine’s Day,” the speaker said loudly and clearly.
He even jokingly uttered that he would resign from the University of Mindanao if someone from the audience could find a credible research to prove his claim wrong.
On the other hand, for Dr. Evelyn P. Saludes, UM Tagum College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Branch Operations Officer, the webinar spearheaded by the office of the Dean of College is very relevant and purposeful in this time when the school employs distance education delivery.
“Students correspond with the school. Now, with the high tech generation that we are in, we utilize the internet. UM has provided us with Blackboard and Quipper, and so today, we continue to operate the school and many students still trust in the University of Mindanao to deliver quality education to its students,” Dr. Saludes said in her speech.
Also, Dr. Gina Fe G. Israel, Dean of College reassures the students that “UM is true to its commitment and obligation in providing quality delivery of instruction that matches the need of the stakeholders in this challenging time of the pandemic.”
“We combined LMS, open education resources, open technologies, and self-instructional modules – the SIM for the delivery of distance education. We are victorious indeed despite pandemic,” said Dr. Israel in her closing remarks.
Graphic edited by Erika Grace Rebusora
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