Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Speaking of ORDEV Classes...

Before the school year started, Beni (ORDEV Coordinator), Mela (outgoing OSA Dean), Soc (incoming OSA Dean) and myself had a meeting regarding the assignment of ORDEV classes to teachers. People in the know are aware that this is a perennial problem at the start of every school year (and in the 2nd Term). This is due to the large number of sections scheduled to take ORDEV-A (and then ORDEV-B).

We decided to try something new this year -- to assign ORDEV to teachers in the major programs. Historically, we have been tapping SMS teachers to handle one or two ORDEV classes. These teachers happen to also handle the same students in one other GenEd class (ALGEB-X, BIBSTUD, etc.). Thus, the reasoning goes, close monitoring is ensured. However, we can only assign so many and we almost always end up with unassigned ORDEV sections.

With the new strategy, we have several additional teachers right away. In addition, these ORDEV teachers are likely to be the students' advisers when they enter their 3rd Term.

Well, it seems that we have found the solution to the problem. As per Beni's data, 13 out of 58 ORDEV classes this term are handled by non-SMS teachers. We hope to increase this ratio in the coming terms.

The challenge now is to better equip this new set of teachers by giving them access to materials and training. Beni has scheduled a meeting of ORDEV facilitators this Friday (June 9), C-Break.


At 11:00 AM , Blogger Sir ODie said...

I have already coordinated with Beni (in case he will be needing assistance from CLCIR) in terms of planning for the training and preparation of training materials.

At 12:49 PM , Blogger gerry said...

This is a great development. we in he sda will then be able to introduce the Frosh to life in the majors if some of the SDA faculty will handle Ordev classes.

At the moment we are fielding Monet Alfon, Chair of Technical Theater as a possible Ordev faculty from the SDA. Monet is quite knowledgeable about all the SDA programs due to her close working relationship with the Chairs and has been informed already about the upcoming Ordev training. I've also informed Beni about this development.

Yun lang!

At 12:56 PM , Blogger Zaldi said...

It's nice to hear that Odie. And yes, Gerry, we will be needing Monet and others to increase our pool of qualified ORDEV teachers.

At 10:12 AM , Blogger Beni Alfred Y. Estepa said...

All the Ordev Classes were finally filled up. Thanks to our Deans! Its our third year of running the Student Advising Program (ORDEV A,B,C). I'm happy to learn that our clients are happy about it based from the survey we conducted. However, the program is not truly perfect yet. As we move on we hope to refine the program more accurately. By the way, I would like to inform our "ORDEV community" that we are officially a member of the National Academic Advising Association (N.A.C.A.D.A.) based in Kansas University, USA. We hope that through our membership we will be able to trickle down the benefits of the association to our students. Again, Thanks to all of you who continually believed and supported the program. I'm sure, and believe me, this program will truly be a great help to our students in attaining their acadmic goals and eventually a valuable feature of our school.

At 10:43 AM , Blogger Zaldi said...

Thanks for the updates, Beni. More power to you and to your advisers... :-)


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