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by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico

The Knowledge Management Office (KMO) hosted series of half-day learning events for CPAf students and staff. The seminar-workshops covered university library resources, online teaching platform, and data analysis software.

The “Seminar-workshop on Information Literacy Program,” a semestral activity of the KMO, was held on September 26 at CPAf Library. Mr. Pius S. Murillo, head of the Learning Commons of the UPLB Main Library, presented the learning resources available at the University Library. These include online journals and ebooks accessible on the Library website. He also introduced Turnitin, an online plagiarism detection technology, which compares a submitted work to its database (worldwide collection of materials) and provides a similarity report. Aside from plagiarism checking, a faculty can also use the technology to engage students in the writing process and provide personalized feedback. During the workshop, CPAf graduate students created an account and tried the plagiarism checking tool of Turnitin.

On October 1, KMO in partnership with the Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of CPAf conducted the “Seminar-workshop on Blended Learning in Postgraduate Education” at CPAf Room 205. aProf. Ephraim C. Quiñones of CPAf discussed briefly the advantages and disadvantages of different online technologies (e.g., email, Facebook) currently used by CPAf faculty. Although these are useful particularly in communicating with students, these are not created primarily as a learning platform, according to him. Meanwhile, Edmodo is designed as a social learning network. “It uses the advantages of the social networking system but it is created primarily for learning,” he said. aProf. Quiñones guided the CPAf faculty in creating an account in the Edmodo and in using some of its features such as posting announcements and creating assignment and quiz. 

Another joint activity with the IGRD, the Seminar-workshop on NVivo, was held on October 25 at CPAf Rooms 303-304. CPAf researchers and graduate students, UP Open University project staff, and Department of Science and Technology-Central Office staff attended the said activity. Through lecture and exercises, participants learned the various features of NVivo, a data analysis software that can be used in qualitative and mixed methods research. Particularly, the resource speaker, Dr. Nicamil K. Sanchez, taught the participants how to use the software in literature review or meta-analysis; create concept maps, mind maps, nodes, and word clouds; and analyze social media data. Dr. Sanchez is the Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Consortium for Social Welfare and Human Development Research, Inc., the sole distributor of NVivo in the Philippines. CPAf has acquired the licensed software through the research project “Function and Program Review of the Department of Science and Technology and Its Attached Agencies,” which is headed by Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, IGRD director. 

The KMO learning events are conducted regularly to enhance CPAf staff’s knowledge and skills in instruction, research, extension, and administration. Every semester, KMO also conducts seminar-workshop on information literacy to create awareness among graduate students on the available academic resources offered by the University Library.

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