As a product of the long established method of learning by traditional lectures, I was taken aback by the other instructional design methods especially on the learner-centered approach as this is something new to me. Although the learner centered approach seems quite innovative to me, the educator has the additional burden of knowing the individual learning qualities, capacities and capabilities of each and every student and a thorough assessment must be performed before starting anything. As discussed each student is different with their own views and outlook on things so with a big classroom population for example, I am not sure how it can be applicable as the educator has to tailor-fit the design to suit each and every student if the target is on individualized learner centered approach, especially if time constraints are present. I believe it may be applicable for small classroom populations, a maximum of 20 at the most. A cohesive class population is also an advantage as if the class is in unison, it will be to its advantage in helping or guiding one another for example by assisting one learner in his weaknesses while sharing the strengths of another learner to the population. Therefore team building exercises must also be encouraged. But overall, it seems innovative for me as the educator merely guides, bolsters and encourages the student in learning and promotes independence and autonomy to a certain extent but good motivational skills will be a challenge that the educator has to have in order to fulfil his objective.
Indeed with curriculum development, objectives have to be defined but resources also need to be assessed if these will be feasible or enough to attain the desired objectives. However outstanding the framework one creates for the institution’s curriculum, if the resources or funds are unavailable, these may all just be a useless exertion especially if the developer does not get the support of the institution’s higher-ups or the higher officials have different objectives, such as increasing the number of enrolees without any beneficial increase in the quality of education. However the resourcefulness and creativity of the curriculum developer will be an advantage though.
With regards to reporting for example in our statistics subject, indeed if the learner will be asked to report, he will be able to learn somewhat on the subject matter especially if one of the listeners or students present will be able to correct any inaccuracies but only if the listeners are knowledgeable on the subject. But from our experience, it is a situation of the blind leading the blind as no one was familiar with the topics and during our evaluation tests, even the reporter who handled the topic does not know how to answer the questions. How can the listeners therefore answer the evaluations questions if the reporters themselves also cannot find the logical answers?
Discovering the covert objectives of each and every learning institution will be extremely challenging as the learner has to be with the school for a considerable amount of time in order to determine the covert learning objectives.
What I can share with is how overwhelming the method of learning I found UERM to be. Upon entering and starting this masteral class at UERM, I was astounded on the differences between UERM and Dr. Carlos Lanting Colleges my nursing school. Apparently in UERM, we do not have the luxury of sleep or going to work. Deadlines have to be met, and even when I had to travel overseas a week ago, somehow my mind was not on the tours, the sights, the shopping or the food. At the back of my mind, it seemed that I had the duty and obligation to always go online nightly at least until the wee hours of the morning (my other classmates can attest to that) and find out what is going on, what deadlines have to be met, or what requirements need to be submitted. Indeed a powerful culture shock that still keeps me up and about until now.
The method of teaching at Dr. Carlos Lanting Colleges on the other hand was tailor fit for second coursers so you can finish nursing there in 2 years in a fast track mode. Lecture classes are at an average of about twice a week and the style is in a laid back atmosphere with the luxury of relaxation as well as the flexibility of the student to still continue working in his profession while studying nursing. The lectures are basically by spoon feeding in the sense that everything you need to know is lectured in review center-like format. The concepts of a certain subject are discussed in variations of 4, 8, 16, 24 to a maximum of 40 hours compressed. For example the whole topic of Psychiatric Nursing will be discussed 8 hours straight for around 5 sessions not necessarily in succession and after the lectures you are expected to know everything by then. After that exams are given and always in multiple choice format. Apparently, the most important technique I learned from the school is how to answer and pass board exams and NCLEX exam questions correctly even if the concepts you learned are not entirely ripe. In other words, what was learned was 40% concept while 60% was test taking skills and how to exploit the weaknesses of multiple choice/board exam questions in order to find the correct answer. Obviously each and every student is different and some will be able to learn the concepts of nursing or master these techniques and test taking skills better than others but from what I have observed most of the students in reality have only been able to get the concepts through review centers. Admittedly, duties for related learning experiences and attendance are strictly enforced. But it seems the method of teaching and their covert objective is just for the student to pass the boards and that’s it.
Finally as a side note and as an alumni of the Green Hills campus, I pose my strongest objection and take offense that La Sallites are less gentlemanly when compared to Ateneans. We have always been imbibed and have absorbed into our system Christian ideals and values as well as the characteristics of being Christian gentlemen along with the motto of Religio, Mores Cultura and should never be labelled as lesser of a gentleman when compared to an Atenean. It therefore depends on how one defines a person as being a gentleman. To quote part of our mission statement:
Christian gentlemen. Man of compassion who lives out the core gospel values of truth, freedom, love, and justice. He is a well-rounded person spiritually, socially, intellectually, aesthetically, and physically and is committed to the service of the poor.
As a testament of how fiercely proud we are of our heritage and upbringing and to validate Prof. Butcon’s statement that La Sallites and all the alumni continue to maintain their die hard loyalty and undying allegiance to the school even after several years or even from the different parts of the world, visit the links below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6fB-Q8mKJUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrX9gqYivUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meqzARnhn38