Highlights of Speakers’ Presentations from GAIN Masterclass 4 – Hybrid Work Models in Government, Academe, and Industry
True to its commitment to advance the Filipino talent, the most recent Masterclass of the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN) centered on Hybrid Work Models as organizations of all sizes are adapting to a changing workforce post-pandemic. Attended by more than 200 participants, the online event held last May 27, 2022 featured an acclaimed roster of speakers who shared their perspectives and insights across industries.
Mr. Jack Madrid, President of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), shared industry trends in 2022 and beyond as they relate to digital, talent, and working models. Representing the Philippine IT-BPM industry that directly employs over 1.4M Filipinos, Mr. Madrid presented a riveting case for adopting the hybrid working model for the industry, looking at it from the employer, employee and customer points of view. With the ongoing global talent war for talented and skilled people, employers need to balance the twin challenges of hiring and retaining talent.
Quoting Albert Einstein, Atty. Alfie Suarez, Senior Vice President of OneAboitiz Group cautioned participants: "You can’t use an old map to explore a new world." Drawing on various research by Gartner, Mercer, Deloitte, and Bersin on paradigm shifts in leadership disruptions, Atty. Suarez outlined several key takeaways for employers who wish to retain talent in a post-covid remote work world, among which are flexibility, intentionality, shared purpose, and leadership edge.
Sharing about stories, challenges, and solutions from the unique learning community of the 7 schools of the Southville Global Education Network (SGEN), Dr. Marie Vic Suarez discussed the most effective Blended Learning Frameworks for Basic Education and College. She discussed about SGEN’s 4 modes of learning to address the varied circumstances and needs of students: VOLT- Virtual Online Learning and Teaching, Hy-VOLT (VOLT + limited face to face), Extended Face to Face Classroom Learning (as permitted by the government), and the Special Programs (INNOVE and Flex) that make up SGEN's Blended Learning Frameworks.
With Asia Pacific College as one of the pioneers in Hyflex Learning, APC President Dr. Tata Pastor-Medado presented a strong case about the Hyflex Education Model, where educational institutions should exist not just in a confined space but in an "alternative space" where teaching, learning, and working co-exist. Ms. Aileen Judan-Jiao, President of IBM Philippines, drove home the point by sharing the perspective of the industry, where everyone must be prepared for the "anywhere workplace." Today is no longer about degrees or competencies but skills, with digital skills being non-negotiable for early professional hires to assimilate and adapt to the work environment.
Concluding the session was Atty. Jon Zuniga, Head of Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and Co-Chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce Human Capital Committee, who shared in detail legal considerations, regulations, and related labor advisories that should be part of policies, negotiations, and deliberations in different work arrangements in the post-pandemic world.
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Representing the Philippines. GAIN Chairman Dr. Peter Laurel and GAIN President Ms. Monette Hamlin were Keynote Speakers during the 35th Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) Annual Conference.
GAIN Chairman Dr. Peter Laurel and GAIN President Ms. Monette Hamlin represented the country as Keynote Speakers during the 35th Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) Annual Conference held last May 13, 2022. They joined a panel of acclaimed international speakers from Danubius University, Romania, University of Tehran, Iran, and Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia.
With the theme "Higher Education Challenges in the Post-Covid 19 World”, the AUAP conference brought together academicians, researchers, and industry practitioners from the Asia Pacific region to share experiences for the improvement of Higher Education and collaboratively draw the master plan to redefine the future of our education ecosystem.
Ms. Monette Iturralde-Hamlin delivered a riveting speech on the Role of Communications in Global Competitiveness and Peacekeeping. She emphasized on how communication is central to many aspects of work in conflict and post-conflict settings, with tools of communication being a double-edged sword that can be used to both incite violence as well as carry messages that promote peace and reconciliation.
Dr. Peter Laurel talked about Pursuing Peace Amidst Conflicts in Higher Education Institutions, emphasizing the incorporation of personal development and social involvement in the curricula. He added that educational institutions should offer safe spaces for discussing values, beliefs, ideas, and even the messiness of human responses.
Students and teachers take part in a pilot project between GAIN and Department of Education - Valenzuela City, with the aim to trailblaze the education system and establish International Standards in English Proficiency.
The Philippines ranked the lowest in English, Math, and Science among 58 countries that took the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. Other international assessments show the Philippines lagging behind other Southeast Asian countries in English language proficiency. One of the significant root causes for this dismal performance is the absence of national targets. Starting with English, GAIN proposes the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) used by most of the countries all over the world.
As one if its initiatives to further this advocacy, GAIN partnered with the Department of Education of Valenzuela City on a pilot project with the aim to trailblaze the education system and establish International Standards in Proficiency.
The project was participated by teachers and students from selected High Schools in Valenzuela City, who took the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) last April 29, 2022. Test results served as a framework of reference to provide policy and curriculum recommendations to upskilling English teachers, improving the achievement levels of students in national and international tests, and making available free learning resources for teachers and students.
Highlights of Speakers’ Presentations from GAIN Masterclass 3 - Navigating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Certifications, and FREE Online Resources to Upskill Managers, Employees, Faculty, and Students
Realizing that our human talent must be equipped with both digital skills and global language communication skills to succeed in today’s borderless workplace, the Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN) organized a Masterclass entitled Navigating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Certifications, and FREE Online Resources to Upskill Managers, Employees, Faculty, and Students on last March 18, 2022. This was the third in a series of learning sessions organized by GAIN.
Joined by over 200 participants via Zoom Teleconferencing, attendees gained knowledge of the latest MOOCs and free learning resources that are available, accessible, and necessary to upskill and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Mr. Rex Wallen Tan, armed with his vast expertise in Digital Literacy and a Degree of 1st class Masters in Artificial Intelligence from the Imperial College London, shared about Digital Badges, Creative Commons, and the Digital Landscape.
This was followed by a talk from MOOCs expert and alumnus of the Ohio State University Learner Agency Program, Mr. Nelson del Mundo. Having completed over 100 MOOCs on various topics from top universities around the globe, Mr. del Mundo discussed about the “Power of MOOCs” and encouraged participants to take advantage of this unique opportunity for educators in the digital age.
Dr. Romualdo Mabuan, MOOC Facilitator at the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the US Embassy in the Philippines, further discussed the available FREE learning resources for English Language Learners. RELO is committed to improving English language teaching quality through capacity building initiatives which include curriculum, assessment, and materials development along with teacher training and professional development opportunities for educators, students, and professionals throughout the region in the countries of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Island countries.
The Masterclass concluded with a talk from Mr. Eklavya Bhave, Coursera Senior Regional Director for Asia on Learning without Limits: A Digital Learning Ecosystem for Educators, Institutions and Learners. Mr. Bhave emphasized how MOOCs can improve student global employability and foster skills-first learning, as well as tailor-made courses for companies being an investment for digital and human skills necessary to build a future-proof organization.
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