Developing Hard and Soft Skills of IT Students in Higher Education Does Not Come Cheap:  The Philippine Experience <ul><li...
Agenda <ul><li>The IT Program of DLSU-Manila </li></ul><ul><li>What Makes IT Click - The Teaching Traditions </li></ul><ul...
Up-to-date and wide selection of printed and online learning resources  Transformative Learning  24/7 availability of reli...
The IT Program of DLSU <ul><li>Is now 27 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Has an average of 450-480 students </li></ul><ul><li>...
What Makes  Click THE TEACHING TRADITIONS IT
<ul><li>“ Tradition as process can be analyzed as a cultural reality, with its own internal rules and structures, analogou...
Teaching Traditions <ul><li>Describe the teaching approaches in the IT Program </li></ul><ul><li>Are methods and tradition...
What Makes  Click THE TEACHING TRADITIONS IT IT
TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>Standard syllabus, topics and project .  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of the syllabi is ...
<ul><li>Departmental approach in the core courses .  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Service Learning approach for the major subjects .  </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>combines service objecti...
<ul><li>Service Learning approach for the major subjects .  </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>Systems Analysis and Des...
<ul><li>Oral presentation as a regular activity .  </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS
<ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>480 hours of fulltime work in a span of 3-4month...
<ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS Bar Graph showing the increase in the number of companie...
Accenture <ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS DLSU-IT SYNERGY
Internship in Accenture
 team, interpersonal, communication skills,  professionalism The experience provides  appreciation  of concepts/lesson le...
Challenges to the Faculty and the IT Program
Challenges <ul><li>Ageing faculty   </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of the teaching traditions </li></ul>From cartoonresour...
Challenges <ul><li>Demand to increase enrollment   </li></ul><ul><li>Changing quality of students </li></ul>From cartoonre...
Conclusion <ul><li>Reinforcement of the institutional teaching traditions  </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of the teaching ...
Conclusion <ul><li>The university can look into this industry partnership model and may adopt this in its other institutio...
Conclusion <ul><li>Teaching traditions and the millennial learning style will have to be studied </li></ul>
THANK YOU VERY MUCH! <ul><li>MAVIC G. PINEDA </li></ul><ul><li>De La Salle University </li></ul><ul><li>Manila, Philippine...
Conclusion <ul><li>Reinforcing some of the institutional teaching traditions develop and instill both hard skills & soft s...
<ul><li>More lessons can still be learned in the IT practicum that will allow the growth of partnership between the colleg...
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Developing hard and soft skills of IT students

  1. 1. Developing Hard and Soft Skills of IT Students in Higher Education Does Not Come Cheap: The Philippine Experience <ul><li>Ma. Victoria G. Pineda </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology Department </li></ul><ul><li>De La Salle University Manila </li></ul><ul><li>PHILIPPINES </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] ; [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: http://mobilemartha.blogspot.com ; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://apec-learning.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>The IT Program of DLSU-Manila </li></ul><ul><li>What Makes IT Click - The Teaching Traditions </li></ul><ul><li>The IT Practicum </li></ul><ul><li>The Challenges of the IT Faculty & the IT Program </li></ul>
  3. 3. Up-to-date and wide selection of printed and online learning resources Transformative Learning 24/7 availability of reliable web portal services IVLE-LMS Competent faculty Empowered student services
  4. 4. The IT Program of DLSU <ul><li>Is now 27 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Has an average of 450-480 students </li></ul><ul><li>A Center of Excellence as declared by the Comm. on Higher Educ. </li></ul><ul><li>IT graduates are sought by the leading multinational or IT consulting or huge business corp s in the country </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Makes Click THE TEACHING TRADITIONS IT
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ Tradition as process can be analyzed as a cultural reality, with its own internal rules and structures, analogous to those of a language.” (Johnston, 2005) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teaching Traditions <ul><li>Describe the teaching approaches in the IT Program </li></ul><ul><li>Are methods and traditions </li></ul><ul><li>“ Cultural reality” i.e. espoused and practiced </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Makes Click THE TEACHING TRADITIONS IT IT
  9. 9. TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>Standard syllabus, topics and project . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of the syllabi is done a month before the start of the term. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uniform projects & scope are employed in the core subjects. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standard grading system and evaluation criteria . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strict compliance to deadlines </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Departmental approach in the core courses . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team-teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronization of topics to be covered </li></ul></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>Departmental written exams . </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures coverage of the prescribed topics </li></ul><ul><li>Typically about 80-110 questions for objective exams </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Service Learning approach for the major subjects . </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>combines service objectives with learning objectives </li></ul><ul><li>self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Service Learning approach for the major subjects . </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>Systems Analysis and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Technical concepts-> application to an organization </li></ul><ul><li>14-week period </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data gathering, processing and analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations and project defenses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changes both the recipient and the provider of the service </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Oral presentation as a regular activity . </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS
  14. 14. <ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS <ul><li>480 hours of fulltime work in a span of 3-4months </li></ul><ul><li>Deployment of students in various IT companies </li></ul><ul><li>Systems analysis & development work </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS Bar Graph showing the increase in the number of companies accommodating the IT Practicum students from 1999-2007
  16. 16. Accenture <ul><li>The IT Internship/Practicum </li></ul>TEACHING TRADITIONS DLSU-IT SYNERGY
  17. 17. Internship in Accenture
  18. 18.  team, interpersonal, communication skills, professionalism The experience provides appreciation of concepts/lesson learned in class.  planning, programming/technical, project management, analytical and critical thinking The experience provides validation of concepts/lesson learned in class. Practicum/internship  communication  analytical and critical thinking, programming/technical Oral presentation as a regular activity  team, interpersonal, communication, professionalism  programming/technical, project management, analytical and critical thinking Service/Applied approach for the major subjects  programming/technical, project management, analytical and critical thinking Departmental written exams  interpersonal, communication, team skills  programming/technical, project management, analytical and critical thinking Departmental approach in the core courses  planning Standard syllabus, topics and project + standard grading system and project evaluation criteria Soft skills Hard skills TEACHING TRADITIONS
  19. 19. Challenges to the Faculty and the IT Program
  20. 20. Challenges <ul><li>Ageing faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of the teaching traditions </li></ul>From cartoonresource.com - http://www.cartoonresource.com/changemanagement_1.htm
  21. 21. Challenges <ul><li>Demand to increase enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Changing quality of students </li></ul>From cartoonresource.com - http://www.cartoonresource.com/teaching_2.htm
  22. 22. Conclusion <ul><li>Reinforcement of the institutional teaching traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of the teaching traditions and practices </li></ul>
  23. 23. Conclusion <ul><li>The university can look into this industry partnership model and may adopt this in its other institutions </li></ul>
  24. 24. Conclusion <ul><li>Teaching traditions and the millennial learning style will have to be studied </li></ul>
  25. 25. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! <ul><li>MAVIC G. PINEDA </li></ul><ul><li>De La Salle University </li></ul><ul><li>Manila, Philippines </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://mobilemartha.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://apec-elearning.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  26. 26. Conclusion <ul><li>Reinforcing some of the institutional teaching traditions develop and instill both hard skills & soft skills among students. </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of the teaching traditions and practices through a formal system, use of media technology or just printed documents will have to become part of the thrusts of the IT program. </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>More lessons can still be learned in the IT practicum that will allow the growth of partnership between the college and the host companies. The DLSU can also look into this industry partnership model and may adopt this in its other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>The near future interplay between teaching traditions and the millennial learning style of the students will have to be studied and approached in a neo-cosmopolitan mindset. </li></ul>Conclusion

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