College of Science eyes high-tech classrooms

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THE COLLEGE of Science plans to move away from the “traditional classroom” set-up through the soon-to-be-constructed Science Online Learning Environment (SOLE) room, as a response to the University’s shift to an outcomes-based education curriculum.

“When you do an OBE class it will require the teacher group dynamics and [this] project is an answer to the implementation of the OBE curriculum,” Science Dean John Donnie Ramos said in a phone interview.

Good internet connectivity and an infrastructure that could be “easily re-modified” depending on the activity of the instructor, are just some of what the SOLE room promises to offer.

“Yung senior high school mayroon silang tinatawag na ‘smart classroom’ and it is something like that. Pero ito mas [angkop] sa kailangan nila. Sa ngayon, uunahin muna namin `yung one of our original laboratories, as a result of our transfer of the laboratories to the new central building,” Ramos said.

Ramos also said that the SOLE room, which will take up the space previously occupied by the UST laboratories, is only a “model” for their goal of eventually upgrading all classrooms in the college.

Laboratories of the College of Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy were moved to a new central laboratory building after the University administration assessed in 2014 that the chemicals in the laboratories led to the deterioration of the heritage structure.

Construction of the SOLE room will start in Academic Year 2017-2018.

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