Moving in new direction: UP System successfully conducts the 2022 GE Conference

The UP System GE Conference was conducted last October 3 and 4, 2022, amidst the economic, social, and political developments such as the war in Ukraine, climate change, historical revisionism, and disinformation. With such a rapidly-changing world which undeniably affects the teaching and learning of general education, the UP System initiated an avenue for GE faculty — the UP System GE Conference 2022. This year’s Conference — wherein 58 UPD faculty served as presenters for the Parallel Sessions — was dedicated to reflect on the new global and national context for GE including challenges confronting liberal education; and, to articulate new directions and imperatives for GE in the 21st century.

Day One: National and Global Contexts

The two-day conference commenced with President Danilo L. Concepcion’s warm welcome to participants from all over the UP System. In his opening remarks, he invited all UP GE faculty to reflect on their pedagogy so they can prepare students for a rapid, unpredictable, paradoxical, and tangled world. Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Quality Assurance), then gave the conference overview. To spur the conversations in the two-day conference, Professor Emeritus Gemino H. Abad delivered the keynote address on language as the foundation of thought and memory. “Without language, we would have no memory, no history, no culture, no civilization,” he said.

Opening Remarks
UP President Danilo L. Concepcion
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Conference Overview
Dr. Alyssa Peleo-Alampay, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Quality Assurance)
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Keynote Speech
Professor Emeritus Gemino H. Abad
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Following the keynote address was the first Plenary Session on the national and global contexts of general education. The first session’s panel was composed of Prof. Joel L. Cuello of the University of Arizona, UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel R. Nemenzo, and Prof. Marie Therese Angeline P. Bustos of the UP Diliman College of Education, with Dr. Evangeline C. Amor, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Curriculum and Instruction) as moderator. The speakers highlighted the  value of general education to people and society. Prof. Cuello presented the Unified Theory of General Education which deems value creation as an important knowledge and skill that can be acquired from GE. Ideally, GE courses should generate value to society, whether economic, social, or cultural, among others. In creating value, Chancellor Nemenzo emphasized the importance of soft skills such as creativity, social interaction, empathy, and collaboration in GE pedagogy. These skills will aid students to weather present and future disruptions such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Prof. Bustos ended the first Plenary Session by integrating the value of GE to the service that UP Diliman Ugnayan ng Pahinungod volunteer teachers do using the four pillars of learning (to know, to do, to live together, and to be).

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New to this year’s conference was the conduct of Parallel Sessions wherein participants are free to choose a breakout room they wish to attend. Each room had a unifying theme with various speakers presenting their chosen GE-related topics. The parallel sessions in the first day are:

Parallel Sessions, Day One (1:30 – 2:50 PM)

Room 1: GE and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Saysay ng Kasaysayan: Kung Bakit Mahalaga ang Pag-aaral ng Kasaysayan sa Panahon Ngayon
Ang Saysay ng Batis Pangkasaysayan
Rhodalyn C. Wani-Obias
Ang Historical Fact sa Panahon ng Disimpormasyon
Ruel V. Pagunsan
Ang Interpretasyon sa Kasaysayan
Jely A. Galang (Moderator)
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Room 2: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: “My Persuasion Can Build A Nation”: The Pedagogical, Theoretical, and Civic Commitments of Speech 30 in the University of the Philippines
Seriously Speaking: Aesthetic and Civic Education through the Speech 30 Course
Oscar T. Serquiña, Jr. (Moderator)
Negotiating Tensions: Communicating Teacher-Student Expectations in Speech 30 for Effective Classroom Management and Academic Success
Sherie Claire G. Ponce
Beyond Speaking Well: Reflections on Critical Thinking in the Speech 30 Course
Regina Banaag-Gochuico
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Room 3: Teaching and Learning GE
Michael Francis C. Andrada
Paglahok ng mga Konseptong Videogames sa Pagtalakay ng Panitikan
Vladimeir B. Gonzales
Implikasyon ng mga Bagong (Minumungkahing) Polisiyang Pangwika sa mga Kursong GE
Schedar D. Jocson
Ricardo T. Bagarinao
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Room 4: Teaching and Learning GE
PANEL PRESENTATION: Philippine Theatre, Acting Workshop, and the UP GE Framework
DSCTA’s Theatre 11: Towards a Critical Study of Theatre and Performance
Ma. Loren C. Rivera
DSCTA’s Theatre 12: Unmasking the “Masked,” Exploring Creativity, and Balancing Self-Care
Banaue C. Miclat-Janssen
Teaching DSCTA’s Theatre GEs (Theatre 11 and Theatre 12) as Critical inquiries, Creative Expressions and Public Engagements
Sir Anril P. Tiatco (Moderator)
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Room 5: GE and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Musika, Sayaw, Kasaysayan: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
Music as Shaper of Nation and the Human Condition: A Glimpse into the Proposed Musicology GEs of the College of Music in the 21st Century
Ma. Patricia Brillantes Silvestre
Baliktanaw sa Bagong Lipunan at ang Pagbabagong-Kulturang Pundasyon Nito
Raul Casantusan Navarro
Dance as an Instrument for Critical Thinking and Mover of Awareness of our Nation’s Culture: An Outline of the Proposed Reconfiguration of the GE course MuD1 Reading
Angela Lawenko Baguilat
Maria Christine Muyco
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Room 6: Teaching and Learning GE
Reinforcing Epistemic Agency Against Imposter News: New Imperatives for the GE Course in Communication
Nelfa M. Glova
Epistemic Reliability of Intuition within Consciousness in Analytical Thinking
Antonio Moises R. Villasor
The Machiavellian Prince in Dutertismo: Ideas, Praxes, Patterns, and Parallelisms
Dennis V. Blanco
Regletto Aldrich D. Imbong
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Room 7: Teaching and Learning GE
A Beautiful, Constrained Dadaism: redefining arts and freedom in an ARTS 1 activity
Ivan Emil A. Labayne
SEE PRINT: Exhibits and Publications of ARTS 1 Students
Dennis Andrew S. Aguinaldo
What It Means to Be Filipino: Cultural Mapping for Heritage Preservation and Sustainability
Jorisse C. Gumanay
Jhoanna Lynn Cruz
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Ethics and accountability — these were the crucial terms that surfaced during the second Plenary Session that capped the first day of the UP System GE Conference. Professor Emeritus Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. warned against threats to liberal education and democracy, and urged the fostering of academic freedom, critical thinking, intellectual tolerance, civil argumentation and quiet scholarship among students. Meanwhile, former UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan gave a talk on the importance of ethics and values in general education especially during these times where social media use is persistent and disinformation abounds. The last speaker was Atty. Ruben Carranza of International Center for Transitional Justice, who asserted the need for seeking truth and accountability especially among UP alumni who were involved with Marcos’ dictatorship. The second plenary session was moderated by Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan from the UP College of Medicine.

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Day Two: New directions and imperatives

The second day of the conference started with the third Plenary Session focusing on how general education courses should be taught. The session began with a talk from Dr. Lily L.L. Kong, president of Singapore Management University (SMU). Her talk focused on her experience and involvement in three academic institutions’ general education curricula: National University of Singapore (NUS), Yale-NUS College, and SMU. She shared SMU’s core curriculum which is divided into three: capabilities, communities and civilizations. Prof. Sheila S. Coronel, Founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and professor in the Graduate School of Journalism in Columbia University, discussed the brief history and evolution of Columbia’s curriculum, as well as their present-day course coverage, content, format and issues. Both talks highlighted the difference between the British and American academic traditions in teaching general education. These international perspectives were followed by VPAA Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista’s discussion of general education in the UP context. In her talk, she situated general education in UP and its future direction as it faces various complex issues. She also presented the human skills matrix, which is a set of skills that students need to navigate and succeed in the world of work.

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Just like the first day, participants chose breakout rooms for the second Parallel Sessions conducted until noon. Here are the parallel sessions along with their speakers:

Parallel Sessions, Day Two (10:35 AM – 12:00 PM)

Room 1: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Understanding the Martial Law Years in the Age of Historical Distortions: Context, Problems, and Some Strategies in History Education
History Education and the Digital Media: Approaches in Identifying and Fighting Online Historical Distortions
Francisco Jayme Paolo. A. Guiang (Moderator)
Martial Law and EDSA I in Higher Education: An Analysis of the CHED Curriculum Guide and Higher Education Textbook Materials
Dondy Pepito G. Ramos II
Observing Digital Memorials: A Comparative Survey of Online Repositories Concerning the 1972-1986 Martial Law Period
Lorenzo Jose C. Martinez
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Room 2: GE and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Pagtuturo ng mga GE Kurso sa Filipino, Panitikan, at Araling Pilipino sa Konteksto ng Panunumbalik ng mga Marcos sa Malacañang
Pagsipat sa mga Tasaday sa Panahon ng Batas Militar ni Marcos, Sr.: Isang Pagninilay sa Wika at Disimpormasyon sa GE Kursong Filipino 40
Jay Jomar F. Quintos
Ugnayan at Alitan ng Buo at mga Bahagi: Non-linear na Pagbasa ng Komix sa mga GE Kursong Pan Pil bilang Ehersisyo sa Kritikal na Pag-iisip sa Panahon ng Mapanlinlang na Relatibismo ng Katotohanan
Arbeen R. Acuña
Mga rekursong digital sa pagtuturo ng PS 21: Pagalaala sa danas ng panunupil at pakikibaka sa panahon ng diktadurang Marcos
Karlo Mikhail I. Mongaya
Si Rizal Pagkatapos ng Pambansang Halalan 2022: Pagtuturo ng Philippine Institutions Laban sa Agos ng Disimpormasyon, Pagbabaluktot ng Kasaysayan, at Pagkapit-Tuko ng mga Marcos sa Kapangyarihan
Jose Monfred C. Sy
Lakan Umali
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Room 3: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Pagpapadaloy ng Kasaysayan: Ilang Lapit sa Pagtuturo ng Kasaysayan Ngayon
Ang mga Sangguniang Online sa Pagtuturo
Ros A. Costelo
Kasaysayan sa Memes, Kasaysayan at Memes
Kerby C. Alvarez (Moderator)
Pagtuturo ng Kasaysayan Gamit ang Lokal na Kasaysayan
Kristyl N. Obispado
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Room 4: Teaching and Learning GE
How our schools prepared us and how we do simple mathematical modeling in our lives
Ariel L. Babierra (Moderator)
Understanding competition and coexistence through mathematical models
Maica Krizna A. Gavina
Matrices in Action for Better Decision Making
Dylan Antonio SJ. Talabis
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Room 5: Teaching and Learning GE
HPEd 20: Designed for Transformative Learning
Maria Lourdes Dorothy S. Salvacion (Presenting Author), Erlyn A. Sana, Melflor A. Atienza, Niña F. Yanilla, Claire D. Pastor, Denisse Allysa T. Peralta, Marietta M. Buela, Maria Elizabeth M. Grageda
The Role of Open Educational Resources in HPEd 20
Erlyn A. Sana
Upscaling an interdisciplinary General Education Course from Blended to MOOC
Mark Albert H. Zarco (Presenting Author), Elenita N. Que, Aurora Odette C. Mendoza, Benito M. Pacheco, Leonardo C. Rosette, and Flaudette May V. Datuin
Maria Constancia Obrero-Carrillo
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Room 6: GE and the Filipino Nation
TITULO:Ang Winiwika ng Nawawala, Winawala at Nagwawalang Diskurso sa Pilosopiya ng General Education sa Panahon ng Neoliberalismo sa Sistema ng Edukasyon: Karanasan ng “Pambansang Unibersidad” ng Pilipinas
Melania Flores
GE and Futures Literacy: Futures vs. The Future
Benito M. Pacheco
Open-mindedness as Critical Engagement of Relevant Options: Rethinking a Classic General Education Attitude
Nicolo M. Masakayan
Carlene P. Arceo
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Room 7: Teaching and Learning GE
Game-based Learning in Remote Learning Environment and How it Leads to Student Engagement
Ana Katrina P. de Jesus
Artificial Intelligence and Surveillance Consumerism
Lumberto Mendoza (Presenting Author), Miguel Remolona
Gearing up from Industrial Revolution 4.0 to 5.0
Sareleen Mae Manongsong
Mark Oliver S. Llangco
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“How should GE proceed in the future?” This question was pondered on by speakers of the fourth and final Plenary Session. UP Visayas Chancellor Clement C. Camposano framed GE as education for citizenship. He was followed by Prof. Jose Maria P. Balmaceda of the UP Diliman Institute of Mathematics who shared his experience in retooling and teaching the GE course Math 10 during the remote learning mode. For him, the remote learning mode opened new questions which necessitates every GE faculty to slow down and  reflect. The last speaker was Prof. Ramon G. Guillermo, Director of the UP Diliman Center for International Studies, who warned the participants that as technology — particularly artificial intelligence — progresses, it is more likely to replicate and reproduce academic and scientific knowledge. On that note, he implored all GE faculty to create learning spaces that do not merely replicate and reproduce outputs, but rather encourage creative, critical, and independent thinking by emphasizing and valuing subjects on humanities; reflecting and focusing on social issues and the interdisciplinary approach needed to solve them; and examining commonly-held assumptions through Socratic method. He ended his talk by challenging everyone to find what makes the human experience unique which could bring about an education that is not merely replicable and reproducible. Dean Patricia Arinto of the UP Visayas Tacloban College led the open forum for this plenary session.

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The final Plenary Session was followed by the last set of Parallel sessions:

Parallel Sessions, Day Two (3:05 PM – 4:30 PM)

Room 1: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
PANEL PRESENTATION: Paano Ituro ang Panahon ng Batas Militar?: Mga Batayang Katotohanan hinggil sa Diktadurang Marcos
Batayang Katotohanan sa Batas Militar: Hindi Bayani si Marcos
Neil Martial R. Santillan (Moderator)
Batayang Katotohanan sa Batas Militar: Marahas at Malawakan ang Paglabag sa Karapatang Pantao sa Panahon ng Rehimeng Marcos
Aaron F. Viernes
Batayang Katotohanan sa Batas Militar: Walang ‘Golden Age’ sa Ekonomiya at Nagnakaw sa Kaban ng Bayan
Francis Justine M. Malban
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Room 2: UP General Education and the Filipino Nation
Dirb Boy O. Sebrero
The Science Policy of Ferdinand E Marcos in STS 1
Benjamin M. Vallejo Jr
Liquid modern consumerism of (dis)information: Reflections from online content creations about Martial Law
Archill Niña Faller Capistrano
Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel
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Room 3: Teaching and Learning GE
Towards Fostering Critical Media Literacy: Reflections from COMM 10 (Critical Perspectives in Communication)
Madelyn P. Garcia
Negotiating COMM 10 Course Guide/Curriculum for Online Learning in 2021-2022
Eric Joyce DC Grande
Understanding Post-Truth: Critical Perspectives in Communication Amidst Disinformation
Orville B. Tatcho
Shane L. Carreon
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Room 4: Teaching and Learning GE
PANEL PRESENTATION: Sharing our experience in the use of e-Learning Journals as individual assessment tool in Chem-1 (Chemistry that Matters) in an online education setting
MyChem-1 e-Learning Journal Design and Implementation
Cynthia Grace C. Gregorio
Insights on the Effectiveness of MyChem-1 e-Learning Journal in Student Self-Monitoring and Learning
Emily V. Castriciones
MyChem-1 e-Learning Journal: UP Baguio Experience
Ofelia D.C. Giron
Lilibeth dela Cruz Coo
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Room 5: Global Perspective on GE
Promoting Awareness and Engagement on Contemporary Social Issues through a General Education Course in Information Studies
Elijah John F. Dar Juan
UDHR 101: An Argument for a Dedicated GE Course on Human Rights
Erwin F. Rafael
An Account of Justice as a Virtue from Katarúngan for General Education
Jacklyn A. Cleofas
Wilfredo V. Alangui
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Room 6: Teaching and Learning GE
Compiled Scientific Indigenous Knowledge(SIK) for the GE Classroom
Jennifer Bandao-Antonio
“Integrating Ecocriticism into the teaching of General Education Courses: the DRMAPS Experience”
Flaudette May V. Datuin, Mark Albert H. Zarco, Elenita N. Que, Aurora Odette C. Mendoza, Benito M. Pacheco and, Leonardo C. Rosette
GE as GE: Geography Education as General Education
Joseph Palis, Emmanuel Garcia, Lou Angeli Ocampo, Maria Celeste Hermida, Dominique Sasha Amorsolo, Darlene Gutierrez, Mylene De Guzman
Rica P. Cainglet
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Thereafter, AVP Evangeline Amor synthesized the discussions for the whole conference. She reiterated the questions posed by President Danilo Concepcion: what is Tatak UP? Where and from whom will it come from? Learning the answer to these questions are even more crucial within the context of vigorous  digital transformation. Finally, VPAA Cynthia Bautista formally closed the GE conference. She affirmed  that a tech-driven society must be founded on human virtues and the right kind of cooperation with algorithms. Indeed, education should focus on understanding technology and promoting human skills and values necessary for future leaders.

Dr. Evangeline C. Amor, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Curriculum and Instruction)
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Closing Remarks
Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista, Vice President for Academic Affairs
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The two-day UP System GE Conference 2022 was certainly an insightful and timely gathering to discuss the direction and imperative of general education in UP. With the rapidly changing education landscape and the anticipated return to full face-to-face classes next year, GE faculty should reflect, recalibrate, and retool to be prepared for the new directions and imperatives in teaching.