Adding to its massive efforts in implementing online education, Mapúa University had launched a new teaching-learning innovation called the STEM Teach Mapúa, which provides free online teaching enhancement trainings for Senior High School teachers.
STEM Teach Mapúa offers online courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, and Statistics subjects to enhance expertise of teachers under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics strand of the senior high school education. Each course is equivalent to 24 hours of contact time of face-to-face session. A total of 447 teachers from various schools nationwide participated the training.
Cosponsored by energy company PetroEnergy Resources Corporation, the program ran from Nov. 17 to Dec. 12. STEM Teach Mapúa’s orientation was held last Nov. 16, while awarding of certificates to participants was held on Dec. 15 at the Mapúa Intramuros campus.
Utilizing the University’s digital learning technologies, Mapúa used Blackboard Learn, a learning management system, to deliver the trainings online. Cengage and Wiley’s Coursewares, namely Mindtap and WileyPLUS, were made available to the participants throughout the duration of the training. Participants of STEM Teach were also given access to the electronic databases of learning materials and video lectures in these online platforms.
Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq., Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education , gave his message to the participants of STEM Teach in the awarding ceremony. Mapúa University has been a partner school of DepEd’s Adopt-ASchool project, providing academic extension activities in public schools like technopreneurship seminars, lectures, review sessions, and school building outreach programs, etc.
Mapúa and DepEd had a Memorandum of Agreement exchange during the STEM Teach orientation for its continuing partnership for education. With its partnership strengthened by the new MOA, the University intends to continue its efforts in imparting new knowledge and technological skills to students and teachers of other learning institutions.
The launch of STEM Teach Mapúa is an addition to the University’s efforts in addressing concerns in the education sector. In 2006, Mapúa University has pioneered in the country the adoption of the outcomes-based education, a learner-centered approach requiring students to validate their knowledge through measurable outcomes, leading to several of its programs’ accreditation from the United States-based ABET (www.abet.org) two years later.
Mapúa aims to enhance teaching as well as address the challenges in delivering complex topics in various technological fields. It offers highly effective blended learning pedagogies, giving high regard to innovation and digitalization.
In 2017, Mapúa launched Digital Academics, the University’s online education platform, offering Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, the Philippines’ first fully online engineering graduate program.