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Prof. Socorro Echevarria Aguja

De La Salle Araneta University, Philippines

Dr. Socorro Echevarria Aguja is currently the Vice Dean of the Graduate School at De La Salle-Araneta University, Malabon City, Philippines. To date, her research activities are multidisciplinary as it covers the areas of science education, action research, environmental studies and human capital development. Her wide range of involvement in both technical and management development conferences and events is coupled with her international research publications and conduct of trainings on action research, innovations on science education, technology and media, environment and health. She is currently involved in a collaborative research project with Erasmus+ on Action Research To Innovate Science Teaching (ARTiST). In recognition of her outstanding research works, Dr. Aguja was awarded the ¡°2016 Lifetime National Achievement Award¡± by the National Research Council of the Philippines.  

Topic: Conducting Action Research in the New Normal focusing on the PDSA Model

Abstract: The lecture discusses how action research must be conducted in the new normal, where learning and teaching is done online. Particular focus is on the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Model. PDSA templates and guidelines are discussed and elaborated. Also, the many common or popular online data gathering tools that are available for free in the internet, that can be utilized for triangulation purposes is emphasized. These different data gathering tools are aligned to the 3E¡¯s (enquiry, examine, experience).

Prof. Maricar Sison Prudente

De La Salle University, Mania, Philippines

Dr. Maricar S. Prudente is presently a Full Professor 10 of the Science Education Department of De La Salle University-Manila. Professor Prudente completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology at Ehime University as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Ronpaku Fellow. As an educator, Dr. Prudente has served as administrator in various capacities at De La Salle University and as resource  person and coordinator  in various  training  programs dealing with research, environmental issues, science education,  technology integration, and educational action research. In the field of science education, Dr. Prudente¡¯s research work is focused on action research and the integration of technology and  development of 21st century skills in the teaching of science. Dr. Prudente is currently involved in an international collaborative project  with  Erasmus+ Foundation on  Action  Research  To  Innovate  Science  Teaching (ARTiST). Prof. Prudente is a recipient of the 2015 Lifetime National Achievement Award given by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Recently, Prof. Prudente was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Filipino JSPS Fellow in the field of Education by Department of Science and Technology of the Philippine government.

Topic: Using Action Research in Evaluating Online Learning Modules

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is currently putting the education system to the test by forcing face-to-face learning environments to quickly move online. It then becomes the responsibility of teachers to design online learning modules (OLMs) that will serve as main resource for students to acquire the necessary competencies in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes. When these modules are designed following the Universal Design Learning (UDL) principles, students may be enabled to become self-directed learners. Information and guidance on how teachers may use the action research process in evaluating the efficacy of the OLMs that they have designed and implemented in their classes will be elucidated.