As part of the Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSEcon) Program’s extension activities geared towards helping Bicolanos improve their socioeconomic status through quality education, ECOZOOMICS: Remote Teaching and Learning in High School Economics was conducted on September 14-24, 2020 via online platforms.

 

The activity, which is a  series of free webinars or online trainings for high school teachers in Araling Panlipunan (AP), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), and Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) across the Bicol Region, aimed to assist said teachers in distance or remote teaching this school year—in the face of the new normal brought about by COVID-19 Pandemic and the emergence of Education 4.0. A total of 179 teachers, mainly from the Provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon, participated in the six days of training.

The main objective of the ECOZOOMICS project was to capacitate the teachers in the Bicol Region in terms of remote teaching and learning with focus on economic theories and applications.  The training sessions were conducted synchronously and asynchronously. Synchronous lectures used Zoom and Facebook Live via https://www.facebook.com/parsueconomics, the official Facebook page of the BSEcon program. Asynchronous training activities were held in a specially prepared Google Classroom.

The six days of training focused on each of the following topics: (day 1) remote teaching and learning in AP, (day 2) basic concepts in economics, (day 3) fundamentals of microeconomics, (day 4) fundamentals of macroeconomics, (day 5) economic sectors and policies, and (day 6) contemporary issues: economics of pandemics. Resource persons included faculty members of the College of Business and Management (CBM). Menchi Castillo and Emmanuel Onsay were the trainers on remote teaching and learning in AP. “Basic concepts in economics” were discussed by Enrique Pilapil III; “fundamentals of microeconomics” by Catherine Francia, Kevin Baltar, and Rolan Jon Bulao; “fundamentals of macroeconomics” by Catherine Francia and Rolan Jon Bulao; “economic sectors and policies” by Kevin Baltar, Catherine Francia, and Enrique Pilapil III; and “contemporary issues” economics of pandemics” by Rolan Jon Bulao. The lady of the ceremonies for all the training sessions was Jenevie Asia, also a CBM faculty member.

Around 70% of the participants are from the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Camarines Sur. DepEd Naga City Division comprised almost 12% of the participants. As much as 1700 social media users viewed the Facebook Live streaming of Ecozoomics. Dr. Lea Lustre, CBM Dean, and Rosemarie Tabardillo, Partido State University (PSU) Extension and Community Services Director, graced the Opening and Closing Programs of the training. BSEcon Program Director Rolan Jon Bulao expressed his profound appreciation and gratitude to his colleagues in CBM, the university administration, DepEd, and all the participants for making the activity a big success. Some training participants also expressed their gratitude to the PSU BSEcon Program for giving them an opportunity for professional development.

Documentation of Online Training via Facebook Live

Day 1: September 14, 2020

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Day 2: September 15, 2020

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Day 3: September 17, 2020

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Day 4: September 21

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Day 5: September 22, 2020

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Day 6: September 24, 2020

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