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#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 6: Teaching Science courses with Laboratory Classes for Remote Learning

posted Jul 18, 2020, 8:38 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 25, 2020, 11:32 PM ]

UPDATE 2: Due to the increasing number of interested participants (on the waiting list), upon coordination with our speaker, we have decided to make the webinar available via FB Live. The first 300 participants will receive the Zoom details via their registered email address. Those on the waiting list will receive a link to the FB page where we will broadcast the webinar . If you haven't registered yet, kindly do so on the link provided below.

UPDATE 1: As of 12 PM today, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 we have reached the 300-participant limit of our platform. We regret that we have to close the registration. However, should you wish to be considered on the waiting list, kindly sign up using the same link below. At the same time, we strongly appeal to those who registered but will not be able to make it this Friday to please write to us at by Thursday, July 23, 2020 so that we can accommodate those who are on the waiting list. Thank you!

NOTE: This webinar is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. However, slots are limited. As we expect a larger number of participants in this webinar, we highly encourage that only those who will SURELY be able to participate to register. Registration closes on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link, password, and a few reminders (please kindly read these!) will be sent to your registered email address on Thursday, July 23, 2020 by 7PM. Please DOUBLE CHECK that your email address is correct before hitting submit because we will not be able to reach you if this is incorrect. To register, please click HERE.

Teaching Science Courses With Laboratory Classes for Remote Learning

Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences
Pace University, New York, NY 100238

Abstract of the talk:

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life around the world. Colleges and universities around the world were forced to close, and some shifted to remote/distant/online learning. This means faculty members need to plan and prepare their classes to be delivered online or other alternative modes of teaching. Faculty members in the sciences face additional challenges as laboratory classes have to be also delivered online. The laboratory is an exciting place where students investigate, analyze, and reflect. The transition to online blended learning means preparing new laboratory experiments, and it is the goal of this webinar to cater to those needs by looking at the alternatives available to recreate laboratory activities virtually. Among these alternatives are home-based experiments, simulations, and other activities that can mimic the laboratory experience. This webinar also covers how to design home-based activities using everyday materials that can help students have a learning experience similar to the laboratory experience. Issues like feasibility, affordability and safetiness of these activities will also be taken into consideration during the webinar. In addition, free online resources and social media sites that can aid the learning process will also be discussed and how these materials can have a positive impact on improving students' interest in learning.

About the speaker:

The eldest son of the late Esmeraldo Mojica of Indang, Cavite, and Lydia C. Esteban of Zamboanga City, Elmer-Rico E. Mojica is a product of the public school system. He finished his primary and secondary education (as class valedictorian in both instances) at San Roque Elementary School and Western Mindanao State University High School in Zamboanga City. Dr. Mojica obtained both his BS and MS in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). He taught for a year at Cavite State University and then continued teaching at his alma mater while pursuing his MS degree. During his stay at UPLB, his research group not only mentor students in college but is also open for any students (college and high school). Among these achievements are his students winning the DOST-TAPI National Invention Contest Sibol Award (Outstanding Student Creative Research) College Level for two consecutive years (2003-2004) and a group of students from Manila Science High School garnering 3rd place in the 2004 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held in Portland Oregon.

He left the Philippines in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry at University at Buffalo (UB) and acquired it in 2010. He moved to New York City to work as a postdoc at CUNY York College. He also worked as an adjunct faculty at one time and another in different colleges (Mercy College, Saint Francis College, Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and York College). In Fall 2011, he started working at Pace University as a Lecturer is presently an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences.

As a researcher, Dr. Mojica specialized in Analytical Chemistry, having worked on various instrumental techniques (Chromatography, Spectroscopy, and Electrochemistry), analyzing samples of interest to biochemistry, nutrition, food science, and environmental science. He had written over 70 publications (articles and book chapters) in peer-reviewed journals and books and obtained grants from various organizations, including the National Scientific Foundation (NSF). He continues to mentor students doing undergraduate research. He was successful in incorporating a practice of using popular media dubbed as CHEMTERTAINMENT, adding excitement in his teaching. He is also helping in uplifting science in the Philippines through his Project CHEMUNITY (Chemistry in the Community) initiative giving free webinars and lectures/seminars/ workshops in different institutions while working as a Visiting Professor in UPLB in the summer of 2018, collaborating with researchers and giving technical advice to graduate students who asked for his expertise.

In total, Dr. Mojica has mentored 87 mostly undergraduate and some graduate students from various institutions. He had also been the recipient of several awards, such as the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty in 2003 and Outstanding Teaching Assistant from the Department of Chemistry (2007) and Graduate School (2010) while at UB. In 2013, he was the first recipient of the Excellence in Research and Scholarship during Pace University Research Day. He was also a recipient of the Ulirang Guro award (College level) in 2019 sponsored by the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of American (AFTA) and the 2020 Charles and Homer Pace Teaching Award.

He is married to Maricel Palomares from Sta Cruz, Marinduque, and they are now based in New York City together with their 16-year-old son Geoffrey Matthew and 4-year old daughter Meghan Rose. He spend his free time with his family watching movies that he uses as instructional resources and listening to rock music and playing video games with his son.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 5: Teaching Models for the New Normal

posted Jul 12, 2020, 5:44 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 12, 2020, 6:02 AM ]

Note: This webinar is free and is open to all. However, slots are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register HERE. Registration closes on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link and Password will be sent to your registered email by 7 PM on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Teaching Models for the “New Normal”
Dr. Magreth Mushi
TERNET's Chief Executive Officer, Open University of Tanzania & University of Dar es Salaam
Friday, July 17, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM via Zoom


As the world continue to figure out how to proceed after the spread of COVID-19, traditional teaching and learning have stalled in many countries and educators are looking for practical models to continue teaching and learning remotely. Based on the challenges posed by COVID-19, it is well understood that our traditional ways must change, and we have to embrace the “new normal”. In this talk Dr. Mushi will highlight those challenges and discuss the importance of digital transformation for the “new normal” and teaching models that should be embraced moving forward. She will also touch on the roles of different players (e.g Government, NRENs, educators, etc) in this transformation process as well as share her experience as an educator and education service provider in Tanzania.

About the speaker:

Magreth Mushi is TERNET’s Chief Executive Officer since April 2017. She is also working part-time with Open University of Tanzania and University of Dar es Salaam as a researcher and lecturer. She graduated her PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2016 under Fulbright, Schlumberger Foundation and Google Anita Borg Scholarships. She got her master’s and bachelor’s in Computer Science both from University of Dar es Salaam in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Her areas of research interest are network security as well as network administration and management in Software Defined Networks.

Outside her formal duties, Magreth couch other women and mentor girls. She is the founder of BigSiS in STEM group where she and other women conduct 1-1 mentoring for secondary school girls. She is also a board member and mentor at More Active Girls in Computing (MAGIC), an NGO based in California and dedicated to mentoring middle and high school girls.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 4: What COVID did last summer: Student Mental Health and COVID-19

posted Jul 6, 2020, 7:16 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 8:16 PM ]

Note: This webinar is free and is open to all. However, slots are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register HERE. Registration closes on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link and Password will be sent to your registered email by 7 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. Ph.D.
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

What COVID did last summer has brought out the best in us.

Thus, it should be the other way around.

What we did to COVID last summer.

Or, what we and COVID did to last the summer?

Dinah Palmera Pacquing-Nadera M.D.
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Pasig, Metro Manila

Mental health is said to be the next pandemic after COVID19. Emerging research assessing the mental health implications of COVID-19 has identified a heightened prevalence of moderate-to-severe self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, reflecting the widespread effects of uncertainty and health-related fears. The disruption of services, including education, also has its associated psychological impacts.

Prior to COVID19, an increasing number of students with psychological distress resulting to negative academic consequences has been observed. The abrupt shift to online learning, loss of social and structural supports, and abandonment of daily routines worsened the already stressful academic environment.

The talk will present the mental health consequences of COVID19 on the academe - for students, teaching and non-teaching staff. It urges the audience to examine their local context and plan for promotion of mental health and provision of basic interventions as mandated by Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act.

About the Speakers

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a University of the Philippines professor who, after finishing his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS, drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, victims of abuse, calamities, and grief. His dissertation has his poems about rice turned into songs by Joey Ayala and others who produced the CD called Palay, Bigas, Kanin. Vim is recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) and nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003).

Dinah Palmera Pacquing Nadera is the founding president of the Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, an organization that she and her husband established in 2009. She is the resident psychiatrist at the University of the Philippines Health Service and the Project Leader of Mental Health in the Philippines: Perception, Access and Delivery under the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Research and Innovation. A Philippine Psychiatric Association fellow, she is actively involved in different mental health initiatives for government and civil society organizations in various capacities in the areas of training, research, policy and legislation.

Dean Manzanilla talks on radio about CAS' efforts during this pandemic

posted Jul 6, 2020, 1:38 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 6, 2020, 7:52 PM ]

CAS Dean, Dr. Shiela Manzanilla, talks on Radyo Pilipinas about the activities done by and efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences during this pandemic.

SLSU and LGU Lucban partner for community psychological services

posted Jul 1, 2020, 8:17 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 1, 2020, 9:05 PM ]

Lucban Mayor Celso Olivier Dator (left) and SLSU President Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes (right) signs the Memorandum of Agreement
Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) and the local government of the municipality of Lucban, Quezon have entered into an agreement that seeks to address the needs of the community for psychological services and interventions, held at the Lucban Municipal Building, July 1, 2020.

The signing of the new MOA was a renewal of the existing partnership between the two agencies. SLSU President Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes and Lucban Mayor Olivier T. Dator signed the MOA in the presence of some members of the Sangguniang Bayan ng Lucban, some municipal employees, CAS Dean Dr. Shiela Manzanila, and the Faculty Member of SLSU Psychology Program.

Since the establishment of Lucban’s Shelter for Children and Women At-Risk (formerly known as Shelter for Youth Offenders and Crisis Center for Women) on October 28, 2013, SLSU through the Office of Extension Services and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Psychology program, has been actively providing technical assistance based on the needs of its clientele. The shelter was founded in dedication to the youth and as paramount testimony and legacy to the national hero’s ideal that the youth are the hope of the nation. 

Moreover, the said center is aimed to serve as a temporary place for women and children who need protection and safety from abuse and exploitation. They admit children of 17 years old and below, who are victims of abuse (sexual or physical), neglected or at-risk, in need of protection and safety from prostitution as well as children in conflict with the law (CICL). They also admit women from 18 years old to 59 years old who are victims of abuse (sexual or physical), exploitation, and trafficking. 

Other programs and services have also been established such as protection, psycho-social intervention, medical services, tutorial services, rehabilitation, and spiritual growth. In partnership with the SLSU's Psychology Program in charge of operations, the shelter is under the management of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Lucban, Quezon. This program of the LGU is said to be a huge factor in their winning the award of being a child-friendly municipality conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

SLSU Psychology Program faculty members, administrators, and representatives from LGU Lucban pose for a souvenir photo

Based on the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two agencies, the shelter will refer clients to SLSU for psychological services which include testing and assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, rehabilitation through life and technical skills training, and other extension services. These will be handled by faculty members of the Psychology Department who are registered guidance counselors, psychometricians, psychologists, and licensed professional teachers. As of March 2018, there are already 130 cases handled by the faculty members of the Psychology Department. // With a report from Psychology Professors, Asst. Prof. Gino Cabrera, and photos from Dr. Helene Daya and Dr. Elna Cosejo.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 3: Making Sense of COVID-19 Data and Mathematical Models

posted Jun 24, 2020, 4:33 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jun 24, 2020, 5:04 AM ]

Note: This webinar is FREE and is open to the faculty, staff, and students of ALL Southern Luzon State University units. Slots are, however, limited. To register, click HERE or on the image below. Registration closes on Sunday, June 28 at 6 PM. The Zoom link and password will be sent to your registered email address on Monday, June 29 by 6 PM.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 3:


Making Sense of COVID-19 Data and Mathematical Models


Alexander J. Balsomo, PhD

Associate Professor

West Visayas State University


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Starts at 2 PM via Zoom





To understand the dynamics of the virus in the community, epidemiologists employ mathematical models to examine the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in its early stages and simulate the effectiveness of the strategies used in the containment of the said spread.


In this webinar, I will talk about how these differential equations expressions made sense in decision making during the crisis, and how it can help craft policies that can be implemented in higher education institutions. Moreover, some insights from the current epidemiological data-made public by the Department of Health through its COVID-19 Data Drop will be discussed.


Background of the Speaker:


Alexander Balsomo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, West Visayas State University in Iloilo City. He holds a PhD in Mathematics (straight program) from the Ateneo de Manila University. He finished his Master's in Education major in Mathematics and B.S. Applied Mathematics at the University of the Philippines Visayas. His research interests include Mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics and population dynamics. Dr. Balsomo is a member of the Task Force on COVID-19 Testing in Iloilo City.


Note: This webinar is open to all Southern Luzon State University units, faculty, staff, and students. However, slots are very limited. Please register through the link provided. The Zoom link and password will be sent via your registered email.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar Series 2: Ensuring Literacy through the Remote Learning Mode

posted Jun 18, 2020, 9:01 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jun 19, 2020, 12:42 AM ]

Ensuring Literacy through the Remote Learning Mode


Jonalou S. Labor, PhD

Associate Professor for Communication

College of Mass Communication

University of the Philippines Diliman


June 26, 2020, Friday, 10 AM - 11:30AM

via Zoom


Abstract of the Lecture


Higher education institutions around the world made the informed decision to let go of face-to-face learning for the coming school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philippines, a majority of public and private colleges and universities adopted remote learning as a mitigation strategy to start the academic year. In this lecture, the values of the remote learning framework, as well as possible solutions, are discussed. It is hoped that the attendees become more knowledgeable about the structure of this learning mode. The talk would also like to inform the participants on the principles and the problems related to remote learning. These discussions allow participants to create possible operationalization of the remote learning mode in their own ways.

Background of the Speaker


Jonalou (Junel) San Juan Labor is an Associate Professor from the University of the Philippines where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the UP College of Mass Communication. Aside from being a full-time faculty member, Junel heads two offices at UP Diliman: as Director of the UP Diliman NSTP Office under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as Director of the Office of Research and Publications from the College of Mass Communication. 


Junel is part of the UP Diliman Committee on Remote Learning where he is part of a team that is tasked with identifying the needs of the faculty, suggest activities that would answer those needs, and inform the decision-making UP Executive Committee about the appropriate policies of remote learning. 


Assoc. Prof. Labor is a researcher of online and offline Filipino Communication Experiences. He is a recipient of the UP System Professorial Chair Award, the UP System Alumni Association in Metro Toronto Professorial Chair, and the UP Diliman Centennial Professorial Chair. He is also a Cecilia Lazaro Kritika Lecturer. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies. 


Junel has a PhD in Communication from UP Diliman, and Masters (with highest honors) and undergraduate degree (Cum Laude) in Communication Arts from UP Los Baños. 

CAS adopts #CASLearnAsOne, trains faculty in preparation for new normal

posted Jun 13, 2020, 10:55 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jun 13, 2020, 11:02 PM ]

The College of Arts and Sciences faculty's fight against COVID starts with bridging the digital divide in learning delivery to arm themselves with the skills to empower the students. The college adopted #CASLearnAsOne, spearheaded by Dr. Shiela M. Manzanilla, the College Dean, which aims to train faculty members in utilizing various online platforms in delivering lessons to students.

The faculty members opted to get out of the box by retooling themselves and embarking on the online mode of teaching as they prepare for the new normal. With this, trainings were conducted by the different department of the college.

The BA Communication program and the Department of Languages, Literature and Humanities started with a Zoom tutorial on May 8 and 11, 2020.

The faculty of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences explored Zoom, Edmodo, Google Meet, and Google Classroom as possible platforms of delivering lessons to students on May 13 and 14, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Social Sciences department also looked at the features of Zoom, Edmodo and Google Classroom in their training conducted on May 8, 11, and 12, 2020.

The faculty members also regularly meet online to tackle issues and concerns of the present and upcoming semesters. The meeting and trainings are in preparation for the upcoming semester to ensure that the needs of the students will be foremost considered. CAS also wanted to ensure that no student will be left behind in this transition towards the new normal.

Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Humanities department explore Zoom as a platform for alternative learning.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences department faculty train on using Google Meet. Likewise, the department also use Zoom and Edmodo.

AB History and Social Sciences department faculty explore Zoom, Edmodo, and Google Classroom.

AB Psychology program faculty, under the Social Sciences department, conducts training on using Zoom. 

CAS holds online meeting, addresses faculty concerns

posted Jun 13, 2020, 10:50 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jun 13, 2020, 10:54 PM ]

The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences conducted an online meeting via Zoom to address the concerns and issues of the college regarding the new normal and the closing of the second semester.


Dr. Shiela M. Manzanilla, Dean of CAS, met with each department of the college using Zoom. She conducted the meeting with the Social Sciences, and the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department on April 24, 2020, while the meeting with the Languages, Literature, and Humanities Department was held on April 25, 2020.


The Dean encouraged the faculty to watch webinars in preparation for the new normal of delivering lessons to students. Likewise, she urged them to study online platforms, such as Moodle and Zoom.


A survey among the faculty members was also conducted in preparation for the end of the enhanced community quarantine and the new normal. The survey covers the readiness of the faculty for online teaching and learning.


In the absence of students’ internet access, faculty members agreed that text messaging and coordination with LGU should be considered to deliver materials and modules for the students.


In terms of preparedness for the new normal, majority are somewhat prepared as most of the faculty members have cellular phones and laptops that they can use in holding online classes and have moderate speed of internet connection using broadband Wi-Fi. In terms of technical skills of faculty members, most of them can use basic MS Office, electronic mailing, and cloud-based file-sharing; however, least of them are familiar with google classroom, audio-visual editing, and computer-generated forms. Hence, training for the online learning management system and other platforms are indeed necessary as perceived by the respondents.


Zoom meeting with the Social Sciences Department


Zoom meeting with the Languages, Literature and Humanities Department

Zoom meeting with the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department


SLSU-CAS Webinar: Refocusing Teaching and Learning in the New Normal

posted Jun 11, 2020, 7:06 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 7:12 PM ]

Refocusing Teaching and Learning in the New Normal

Paolo Niño Valdez, PhD
Associate Professor and Research Fellow
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

June 19, 2020, Friday, 10 AM to 11:30AM via Zoom


One of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has blurred the lines between professional and personal life as social interactions have been limited to contain spread of the coronavirus. This is greatly felt in the context of education where the notion of face to face classes, interaction and mass gatherings which are staples in schools become problematic.

In this virtual forum, I argue that teaching in the new normal requires re-examining the teaching-learning process from a systems approach considering the work from home perspective. Anchored on core principles of engagement, transparency and accountability, I map out specific practices from the macro-micro level to help educators plan implementing their own institutional programs in light of their unique contexts in these extraordinary times.

About the speaker:

Paolo Nino Valdez holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Philippine Normal University and his dissertation which delves on culture and code switching was a finalist for the Christopher Brumfit Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor and research fellow of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. In 2017, he was a visiting scholar in the English language and literature group of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Aside from Paper Presentations in Local and International Conferences, his publications have appeared in Discourse, Context and Media, Asia Pacific Education Researcher, Journal of AsiaTEFL, Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction, and Reflective practice. His research interests are in the areas of linguistic landscapes, teacher beliefs, critical pedagogy and contemporary sociolinguistics. He is also a long distance cyclist and his trips shares these experiences in his blog

NOTE: This webinar is exclusive only to CAS Faculty members, staff, and other invited parties.

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