The NSTP Diliman Office successfully conducted its Extended NSTP Council Strategic Planning Workshop on 26-27 July 2019 at Loreland Farm Resort, Antipolo, Rizal. The NSTP Diliman Director, NSRC Deputy Director, coordinators, instructors, and office personnel were present in the two-day event.
The objectives of the aforesaid activity were:
- To boost the work relationship among NSTP implementers in the university;
- To present before the Council the outputs of several workshops related to NSTP Program Mapping based on the Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) principles;
- To discuss several issues concerning the implementation of NSTP in UP Diliman; and
- To discuss the proposed 2019 3rd and 4th quarter projects and activities of NSTP.
During the first day of the event, NSTP Director Arlyn Pinpin-Macapinlac presented the workshop outputs related to NSTP Program Mapping and OBEdization of the NSTP Common Module (CM) Syllabus. These include the NSTP graduate attributes, program goals, program learning outcomes (PLOs), and program indicators (enabling outcomes). She also facilitated the approval of the CM Learning Outcomes (CMLOs) and CM topics.
The Extended NSTP Council also decided on several matters pertinent to the standardization of NSTP implementation in UP Diliman. In addition, Director Macapinlac informed the body of the office’s engagements with UP Padayon and other partners to support UP’s initiatives on Manila Bay Rehabilitation.
Another point of discussion was the recreation of the NSTP logo. NSRC Deputy Director Jonalou Labor facilitated the discussion on the logo design and what it symbolizes. He mentioned that the said logo was created years ago hence an updated design is necessary to highlight the enhanced goals of the Office. During the discussion, Ms. Grace Maglunog, one of the active staff members of the Office, articulated the definition of the current logo. After the presentation, the Extended NSTP Council suggested some changes to ensure the improvement and sustainability of the logo.
Another highlight of the two-day event was the mind and body wellness activity. Prof. Alberto Dimarucut of the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK) facilitated the activity. He motivated the members of the Council to learn more about themselves and their colleagues. He introduced individual, by-partner and by-group activities to make the group well acquainted with one another. There was also an opportunity to open-up and share valuable information to facilitate closeness among the team members. Open communication was also developed. The physical activity in the form of dancing made the event livelier.
The second day of the event started with the presentation of the proposed revisions to the NSTP logo by Prof. Riza Romero of the UP College of Fine Arts (CFA). She noted that she incorporated all the comments and suggestions from the body. She also stated that in order for the new design to be systematically shared to the public, there should be an NSTP Brand Book.
The Council also deliberated on providing common information on UP CRS to eliminate confusion brought about by the varied naming styles of the NSTP course. Such an agreement included the creation of the guidelines on the uniformity in labeling all the NSTP sections in CRS. With the help of Prof. Raymond Lagria of College of Engineering (CoE), who reviewed and drafted the guidelines on the said labeling, the Council reached an agreement on the template that will be used.
Director Macapinlac ended the two-day event with a rundown of the proposed projects/activities of the Office for the 3rdand 4thquarters of 2019. She also asked the commitment of the same body to sit down and talk about the OBEdization of the content of the NSTP Common Module.
by Grace Pauline A. Maglunog