INNOTECH LAUNCHES NEW KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS
Following the Center’s vision and mission, INNOTECH continuously crafts various education solutions and has come up with three new knowledge products at the end of 2012.
Two of these products are public course offerings under the iFlex program – SEAeXCELS and LEADeXCELS. The SEAeXCELS (Excellence in School Leadership for Southeast Asia: Promoting an Understanding of the Southeast Asia Community) is a flexible learning course designed for the basic education school heads that focuses on the understanding of the Southeast Asian community. Materials for the course are provided in various forms – CDs, printed materials, and web-based modules. Also available are chat rooms and online boards for further discussions.
Materials for the LEADeXCELS (Excellence in Leading Education in Emergency Situations for Southeast Asian School Heads), on the other hand, are currently being developed. LEADeXCELS focuses on disaster risk reduction and management, and is the Center’s humanitarian response to emergency situations. Once the materials are developed, a pilot-testing is expected to run from October 2013 to December 2014.
The last product is a complementary toolkit for the ASEAN Vision called Weaving Identities. The toolkit contains different information and resources about Southeast Asia – its culture, economy, political heritage – that educators can use to teach about the region and help foster among its learners a stronger sense of being Southeast Asians by knowing more about the commonalities and diversity in the region. The online resource for the toolkit can be found at: http://localhost/seameo-migrate-main/SEAtoolkit/. The site allows users to download various classroom resources, and to contribute by uploading their own teaching materials.
Weaving Identities and SEAeXCELS were both launched during the second day of the 13th International Conference held last December 11-13, 2012 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City. The launching was led by Mr. Robbie Macalde of the Center’s Flexible Learning Solutions Unit, while Dr. Lilibeth Taa delivered a presentation on LEADeXCELS.