Teaching Support Programs

Teaching Development Program

The OAT’s (formerly ODI) Teaching Development Program supports the university’s mandate to “lead in setting academic standards and initiating innovations in teaching, research and faculty development in philosophy, the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the professions and engineering, natural sciences, mathematics and technology.” (University of the Philippines Charter, Republic Act 9500)

The program sustains an educator’s journey to excellence in teaching the discipline. It hones their ability to develop a culture of excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service, and contributes to achieving leadership in the profession.

Teaching Effectiveness Course

The Teaching Effectiveness Course (TEC) is a five-day intensive training course on effective teaching. Holistic and learner-focused, the series of lectures and workshops are led by passionate educators representing the best in university instruction.

This course on the essentials of effective teaching begins with an understanding of learners, prior knowledge, motivation, and learning styles. It offers principles and strategies on creating learning experiences that promote mastery, enhance creative and integrative thinking, and enrich understanding. Participants also learn from each other in dealing with specific challenges and concerns.

Workshops include instructional plan development, test construction, and public speaking, among other important skill areas. The TEC concludes with a teaching demonstration by participants.

University Teaching Program

Faculty and academic staff have the opportunity to review and enhance their competencies via University Teaching (UT) seminars held throughout the academic year. These sessions focus on planning and design, delivery, assessment or evaluation, best practices, and strategic insights on education and pedagogy.

Seasoned faculty members, including awardees of the UP Diliman Gawad Chanselor para sa Natatanging Guro, are invited to lead the discussions and share some of their best teaching practices to fellow educators. The OAT also conducts customized workshops for departments and colleges on such topics as addressing the psychosocial needs of students, collaborative and cooperative learning, universal design of learning, and understanding the gifted and twice exceptional. These practical, hands-on sessions aim to support faculty and their units in providing quality instruction.

Orientation of New UP Diliman Faculty

The OAT, with the OVCAA and the UP System, leads the orientation of new faculty members. The session provides an overview of the general requirements, services, resources for faculty members and opportunities to further develop their teaching career.

The orientation covers initial appointments, renewal and tenure, promotion, honors and recognition, professional advancement, and faculty duties and responsibilities. The faculty also receive guidance on the types of incentives and grants available both from the System and Diliman.

Evaluation and Assessment

The OAT manages the Student Evaluation of Teachers (SET)  with the support of the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) and Computerized Registration System (CRS) team. The SET provides insights for evaluating university faculty according to the specific courses they teach, and more broadly, the performance of academic programs. Through the SET, the university gains insights into the achievement of course and learning objectives, and valuable feedback and suggestions from students.

The SET has undergone several changes over the years, and remains an interesting subject of academic research and inquiry. Currently the OAT is conducting an analysis of students’ qualitative responses and comments, a key development in the analysis of SET results.