Talk 1 by Ms. Josie Di Vincenzo
Setting the Direction:
Higher Education and 21st Century Learning
as reported by Prof. Joanne Alada
Ms. Di Vincenzo acknowledged the SUC presidents of West Visayas State University, Iloilo State College of Fisheries, working committees, organizers, participants and CHED for the support in the conduct of the international conference. After she recapped some key points shared by the speakers in their welcome address, she opened the discussion of the first topic on her goal to help educators create disruption in education. The goal is to get comfortable causing some disruption.
She asked the delegates regarding an artist named Manny Librodo whose works were displayed in the lobby of the hotel. She observed that the artist tried to create disruption through his work of art. To get an idea of disruption, she invited the delegates to look at the pictures of art in the hall for five minutes and share their feedbacks on their understanding of this word. She posted two questions: (1) Where have you seen the disruption in any one of those pictures? (2) What does disruption mean to you?
After five minutes, one of the delegates shared her insights about disruption:
… a photo paper is usually used for pictures but the artist created a disruption by using a canvass. A canvass used as a medium creates a mindset of depicting a work of art such as a painting. Disruption is created when you see a variation to a common and usual mindset. A different perspective is seen and the beauty is seen when done in another perspective.
After a brief discussion of a disruption seen through looking at those pictures, Ms. Di Vincenzo asked the delegates to define what it means to be a disruptor as an educator. The following were their insights:
-we tend to be devil’s advocate to our students; educators can be agents to develop students’ critical thinking skills
-disruptive behavior or disruptive leadership is a process that starts with a dream, then develop that desire, to defy the usual, and to deliver a design that is new that is not the usual thing
- implementation of new curriculum – difficult to bridge the gap between the old and new curriculum; the changes implemented in the curriculum is a disruption
When asked how to become a disruptor, the delegates gave the following insights:
-educators must provide opportunities to question the reality/learn to synthesize the holistic reality
-think outside the box
-cope with how millennial learners absorb knowledge; educators have to change to cope with the present generation
- commitment to beat a disruptor is a battlefield; to be a disruptor is to challenge the thinking of the students; to be a disruptor is a field to show what is correct and what is proper
The topic on 21st Century Learning initially focused on this point of discussion for educators to see the need to take an opportunity to shift the mindset and learn in a deeper level of tacit knowledge learned through doing and leading examples as disruptors.
Design Thinking is a structured process. The idea of design thinking is relative to the vision of Philippine Higher Education which envisions adult citizens to be locally responsive and globally competitive. Further, she also discussed the UN Sustainable Development Goals - a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the following: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reducing Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Partnerships for the Goals Through Design Thinking, SDGs can be integrated to help teachers change their mindset about teaching and learning by helping teachers design activities that encourage deeper learning and develop students’ creative thinking skills. The Four Educators Domains - learner engagement, learning environment, teaching and learning and professional service are essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.