Benchmarking, A Semantic birthing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Network Building

From the words of the wise, freedom from ignorance begins from one’s recognition of his own. The growing recognition of every Higher Education Institution’s own limitation was originally the driving force behind the concept of benchmarking and for sometimes will remain its staple. However, as the practice is continuously proving to earn rewarding returns, both to the host and the visiting party, it semantically transcends into the higher and noble plane of camaraderie until such time that majority of the HEIs in the country has been bridged, interconnected, co-existing and healthily learning from one another. The dual gains of benchmarking are undeniably manifested in the cordial exchanges of ideas aimed at raising the bar of excellence but more than that, the implied gestures that both the host and the hosted mutually receive the “you got my back” assurance is certainly the winning point of the practice. From the vantage point of a visiting HEI, benchmarking is on the narrative of measuring the quality of its own construct/s by comparing it with other else’s possessing accepted standard/s. It equates that the criterion of the hosting institution is the visiting party’s point of reference in setting its own. On the other hand, it inspires the host to out-best no one but themselves. Raising the bar of excellence becomes a mutual objective minus the intention of outshining one another. Voicing out admiration for specific feats found worth-heralding from each other is gradually becoming the norm and pleasure of both. The benchmarking experience once actualized yield more than the anticipated gains. It is a practice that weave the knit among HEIs towards a stronger and unified national HEI congregation that celebrates differences yet respects boundaries. The recent visit of the delegation from Bulacan State University (BulSU) headed by Dr. Ruben E. Borja II, Professor, together with seven BulSu faculty members to the Central Luzon State University particulary at the Distance, Open and Transnational University (DOT-Uni) on February 16 2023 is an affirmation of the winning formula of benchmarking. The exchange of ideas, comparing of notes and getting to know each team member are part and parcel of the benchmarking activity. In between giggles and contagious laughter, the learnings were well-noted but the promise and the anticipation of fruitful linkages sealed with new bonds of friendship and camaraderie brought about by having similar institutional functions lighted up each other’s ardor for excellence. ERFiegalan, MCMFernando.


C-Bol Pre-Workshop: Dotuni Spearheads Workshop On Blended Online Learning For A Future-Ready University

While the pandemic became one of the biggest challenges in Philippine State Universities and Colleges’ history, it also gave birth to the beauty of blended online learning (BOL) – a fusion of face-to-face and online modalities. Following the theme “Reimagining the University of the Future: Design and Innovation in the Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Learning Resources in CLSU,” the Distance, Open, and Transnational University (DOTUni) spearheaded the Central Luzon State University Blended Online Learning Workshop. Attended by over 100 participants across colleges and offices of the university, the CBOL Workshop aims to equip CLSU educators in planning a blended, online, or open (BOL) environment. CBOL is a collaborative initiative of DOTUni faculty members who participated and were inspired by the University of the Philippines Open University’s Sustainable Institutional Building for Open Learning (SIBOL) Program. As emphasized by the Acting Dean of DOTUni, Dr. Elaida Fiegalan: “Curricular reform of our degree programs will have to begin from the information in our respective programs…” The topics covered in this pre-workshop include: · Benchmarking OBE experience from an ASEAN neighbor; · Reviewing program objectives and outcomes; · Exploring best practices in OERS; · Utilizing online resources at the university; · Discovering the use of similarity reports; · Learning some instructional strategies and appropriate assessments. Among the notable speakers of the event is Prof. Ts. Dr. Alina Binti Shamsuddin and Prof. Madya Ir. Ts. Dr. Tan Lai Wai of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Dr. Leslie Anne L. Liwanag, Dr. Emil Ubaldo, Dr. Joel Torres, Dr. Regidor Gaboy, Mr. Joey Fernando, Dr. Joan Ravago, and Dr. Elmar Villota. The CBOL Workshop hopes to help germinate the seedlings of an emerging blended, online learning ecosystem in the university.