Dr. Richard L. Oandasan, the Academic Director and Mr. Christian M. Santiago, the Research and Extension Coordinator as well as the interim academic secretary, received the Best Paper Award in the recently concluded 2021 International Multidisciplinary Research Colloquium (IMRC) held last August 10-11, 2021 via online teleconferencing. Sharing the recognition with them was Ms. Pauline Kay S. Gaya, a senior high school faculty member who also participated in the event.
Their paper titled “Thriving amid the pandemic: Learners’ perceived assessment of the remote flexible learning program (ReFlex-LeaP) using the Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPCK) Model”, vesting other 24 papers in the education cluster, was hailed as outstanding by the panel of evaluators based on its content, significance, contribution to the field, and the researchers’ oral presentation.
The aim of the paper was to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of the ReFlex-LeaP, Midway’s first phase of the learning continuity plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results obtained from the research serve as basis for improving the curriculum, delivery of instruction, learning management system, faculty competence, and most importantly, the teaching-learning experience of the primary stakeholders of the institution – the students.
The 2021 IMRC, anchored on the theme “Strengthening Research for a Better Normal,” was organized by the President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU), Zambales. The event aimed to gather scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and other stakeholders from various disciplines to share their scholarly works and research. Adding prestige to the event were the keynote address of Her Excellency Vice President Maria “Leni” Robredo and the plenary talk of international speakers from Indonesia, Nigeria, South Korea, and the USA.