Welcome to Faculty of Business and Informatics
We welcome the year 2018 with renewed vigor and commitment in all our academic pursuits and thank the Good Lord Jesus Christ for bringing us to Divine Word University, which we all consider as an integral part of our lives as educators.
As we begin the new academic year and with the theme in mind “Transformative Learning with Core Values for the Digital Age”, we are called upon to take a look at the characteristics of the digital world.
The digital world is characterized by unending and continuous changing changes, which include, among others, the following:
- CHANGING JOB MARKET. The market demands not just IQ (Intelligence quotient) but also EQ (Emotional Quotient) and SQ (Skill Quotient)
- CHANGING TECHNOLOGY. Technology is rapidly changing ranging from agriculture, communication, transportation, medical and health, space and military technology. We need to catch up, otherwise, we lag behind.
- CHANGING WAY TO ACCESS INFORMATION. Google has become the library of the world and of the time.
- CHANGING ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE. Together with the vast opportunities provided by technology, a diversity of skills can be developed and enhanced from our learners that will increase their employability. Of what use is our training if our students become part of the jobless segment of our society?
- CHANGING CLASSROOM. This is expensive but necessary.
- CHANGING ENVIRONMENT. The industry and technology should blend with environmental preservation to achieve sustainable development. Sustainable development will liberate humankind from poverty.
- CHANGING PERSPECTIVE. Globalization requires us to interact and see beyond our own backyard and learn from the backyard of others and become more competitive without losing our very own identity.
- CHANGING LIFESTYLE. The easy access to information and the fast development of technology definitely affect our lifestyle.
It is imperative that we connect our learners to these changes in the digital world.
Let me pose a few questions about these changes and let these questions open the door of possibilities in transforming our teaching –learning environment and the whole school milieu. How do we handle these changes? How do we prepare and equip our students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to deal with these changes in the digital world?
How do we maximize the opportunities provided by the digital world so that our students will become successful and live a meaningful life?
These are not easy questions and there is no single answer to these questions. But they are doable and achievable. Knowing our learners, their learning styles and how they learn best; utilizing a diversity of teaching strategies, providing exposures and enriching their experiences beyond the four walls of the classroom are only a few steps to address these questions. Going out of the box and letting go of our comfort zones will help a lot, too.
We are in the digital world that sometimes our very own importance, our very own role or niche and our very own existence in this changing world is shaken if not rattled by these questions, “Are we humans still needed in the future? What generations of learners are we producing in this digital world? Do we really need the changes created by the digital world? What is at stake in our learners and in each one of us in this digital world?”
It is these questions that make transformative learning a highly relevant and indispensable tool in connecting our learners to these changes in the changing world without the danger of losing the values which form the bedrock or foundation of our society.
Our learners are both cognitive and affective. Thus, transformative learning should allow our learners to experience a deep sense of their thoughts, feelings, and actions. It should create a kind of consciousness and awareness in the learners’ way of being in the world. This involves our understanding of themselves and their self-locations; their relationships with other people and the natural world; their understanding of the interplay of power in class, race and gender; their visions of alternative approaches to living; and their sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy. All these form part of and influence our habits of the mind, popularly known as values system.
Let me share with you this statement. All learning is change but not all change is transformation. A difference exists among transmission, transaction and transformative learning. Transmission learning is simply a transfer of knowledge from teacher to students.
Transactional learning, recognizes the students’ valuable experiences, and that they learn best through experience, inquiry, critical thinking and interaction/collaboration with other learners. Transformative learning, creates a blending together among the rational, the psychological, affective and values system made possible through the 4 ways of learning, namely; the refinement and elaboration of our old schemes in creating meanings, learning new schemes in creating meanings, transforming these meaning schemes and transforming or shifting perspectives.
Our theme for this school year, “Transformative Learning with Core Values in the Digital World” is highly relevant because it comes at a time when the world abounds with socio-economic and political uncertainties, political turmoil, war threats, materialism, corruption, crime, unfair competition, environmental degradation and worst, fake news. The social media has become a venue for what is good and bad, for what is right and wrong, for what is real and unreal, just and unjust.
Our focus on core values is surely a tool that will equip and develop in us and our learners the necessary attitudes and values, behavior, skills, cognitive functions to deal with the changes of the digital world. Integrity is a value that makes anyone incorruptible in the midst of so many temptations for power, wealth and materialism. It is a value that makes us and our learners honest in our dealings with one another, adhere to moral and ethical principle and do the right thing in whatever circumstances. Community engagement makes us, teachers and our learners caring and global citizens by building relationships with our community members and working side by side with them as partners providing the support we need to attain our vision –mission and achieve the end goal of making the community and ultimately, the whole world a better place to live in. Respect will enable us to value other people’s point of views, acknowledge one’s feelings, listen to each other and treat others with fairness and being open to being wrong. Hospitality enables us to show goodwill, friendliness to guests and strangers and create more friends rather than enemies, one of the secrets to success. Diversity will remind us that each one is unique and that despite differences in culture, beliefs, color, social status, religion, and abilities, we are all equal. Let us pool together these differences and let them propel us to soar high, for after all there is strength and unity in diversity. Academic excellence is needed by our learners to be able to cope with the rapidity by which knowledge accumulates and changes. It is often demonstrated by the learners’ ability to perform, achieve or excel in scholastic activities and become competitive in the global market. But academic excellence is more than that. It is the total and maximum development of our learners’ intellectual capacities and skills in service to humanity. Social responsibility is creating in our learners the conscience, sensitivity and commitment to help the poor, the marginalized, the depressed and the underserved. Of what value is the teaching –learning process if we cannot transform our learners into agents of change in our society? Last, but not the least ----Let us enkindle in our learners the never –ending and unstoppable desire to continuously learn. Keep the fire burning in each one of us and handle our learners with tender, loving care that we may all reach the pinnacle of success.
Let me conclude my message by borrowing the words of Mahatma Gandhi and I quote
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny."
Mr. Martin. Daniel
Dean, Faculty of Business and Informatics