As a professional organization primarily working to propagate the practice of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) in the Philippines, ASSERT provides various services in assisting educational institutions, i.e., basic and tertiary and public and private, that wish to a full OBE approach at all levels of teaching and learning, administration and management, and technology-driven OBE. Services include OBE consulting for administrators and supervisors, OBE training for staff, OBE products for teaching and learning including outcome-based program curricula, OBE syllabi, outcome-based teaching and learning strategies and materials, outcome-based assessment tools, and outcome-based learning management systems, which may all be altered to meet specific needs of schools and institutions.
ASSERT holds quarterly trainings and workshops designed for specific groups of stakeholders in educational institutions, such as administrators and supervisors, faculty, researchers and staff. These seminars and workshops aim to beef up participants’ knowledge and skills in employing an outcome-based approach that blends well within their institutions’ mission and vision and objectives. These seminars, workshops, and training focus on outcome-based syllabus design, outcome-based teaching and learning, and outcome-based assessment for teachers, research on outcome-based education for faculty-researchers, outcome-based administration and management for school administrators and supervisors.
ASSERT organizes an annual research conference, which aims to bring together OBE faculty and researchers to share their research and best practices in outcome-based education within their institutions and contexts. The annual research conference serves as a platform where OBE practitioners and enthusiasts engage in a scholarly dialogue about how OBE is implemented within their contexts, its challenges and impacts. During the annual conference, leaders and scholars in the field of outcome-based education are also invited to deliver plenary talks on the state-of-the-art of OBE in the Philippines and in international contexts.
ASSERT (Association of Education Researchers and Trainers) is a non-profit, non-stock organization established in 2016, propelled by a core group that is united in pursuing excellence and innovation in the academe by synergizing education outcomes and industry standards. One of the main initiatives of ASSERT is the integration of Outcome-Based Education in the basic and tertiary levels and the bridging of expected competencies needed in the workplace through professional development initiatives and research and publication opportunities.
In October 2016, an interest group consisting of professors from Intramuros universities met at the Mapúa University Research Center. They were interested in or were already doing outcome-based education (OBE) research and practice. One goal held the group together: they wanted to trailblaze the propagation and implementation of OBE in the Philippine educational context through seminars, workshops, research, and practice. Because of the nature and circumstances of its conception, the group was initially called Arts, Social Sciences, and Education Research Team or simply ASSERT.
After a series of consultation and planning meetings, ASSERT collaborated with the Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Arts and Science (LPU CAS) to roll out the 1st LPU CAS & ASSERT Research Congress held at the JPL Hall of Freedom in February 7, 2017. The activity also served as the official launch of ASSERT. At the time, it was renamed to Alliance of Scholars, Scientists, and Education Researchers toward OBE (ASSERT OBE).
In February 2017, ASSERT also established one of its steady partnerships through Pisara Technologies & Solutions, Inc. The partnership provides ASSERT a platform for the pursuit and demonstration of technology-driven OBE through the convergence of outcomes and systems. During the research congress, ASSERT and its partners exhibited the strength of a seamless execution of technology-enriched OBE.
In September 2017, the board unanimously voted to finalize the name of the organization to Association of Education Researchers and Trainers in view of needed alignment activities including government registrations and private partnerships.
The modern world poses various challenges and expectations for us educators. Being an educator in the 21st century doesn’t start and end by just delivering knowledge to students through classroom teaching. An educator in our present generation should also proactively engage in activities that will yield contribution to the bank of human knowledge by investigating phenomena through research. Further, educators should be able to share and transfer knowledge through professional training with colleagues and practitioners in various fields. More importantly, educators should serve as the primary agents and enablers of change and development in a learner’s life in order to serve the very purpose of education for students, the preparation for real-life performance outcomes.
The Association of Education Researchers and Trainers (ASSERT) joins all educators in facing these new challenges and expectations in our profession and vocation. ASSERT empowers educators with crucial competencies to successfully perform their roles as teachers, researchers, trainers, and outcome-enablers of the modern day education.
Welcome to ASSERT!
Mapua University — ASSERT PRESIDENT
Welcome to ASSERT!
The Association of Educational Researchers and Trainers was formed as a response to enhancing quality of education and research among education professionals and industry practitioners. Using the lens of outcomes-based educational framework, we aim to empower stakeholders of the educational community through training opportunities, professional linkages and affiliations, and research capability building.
Together, let us put Phil. education at the forefront of the global educational platform.
We look forward to working with you!
The Department of Education asserts its intention to ensure a Philippine educational system that is relevant to the global community while keeping it deeply grounded on local heritage and culture, towards a better nation. This is strongly communicated in the department's vision to produce "Filipinos who passionately love their country and whose values and competencies enable them to realize their full potential and contribute meaningfully to building the nation." To reach this zenith, the department has institutionalized significant reforms.
One of the gigantic and revolutionary leap taken by the DepEd is the full implementation of the Kto12 Curriculum by virtue of the Republic Act 10533 otherwise known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. Section 4, paragraph 1 of the RA states: "The enhanced basic education program encompasses at least one (1) year kindergarten education, six (6) years of elementary educations, and six (6) years of secondary education, in that sequence. Secondary education includes four (4) years of junior high school and two (2) years of senior high school education.". Subsequently, the department fully implemented the curricular reform via DepEd Order No. 43, s. of 2013 entitled Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10533, otherwise Known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.
The key aspiration of the Kto12 Program is to produce holistically developed learners with 21st century skills. The department believes that this can be achieved when Filipino learners are led to acquire mastery of basic competencies; become emotionally mature; be socially aware, proactive, and involved in public and civic affairs; be adequately prepared for the world of work or entrepreneurship or higher education; be legally employable with potential for higher earnings; and be globally competitive.
All the above tenets are translated in the curriculum, instruction, and assessment policies under the Kto12 Program. Other support programs, projects and activities are being poured to ensure that its implementation will generate the desired outcomes. But while the basic education sector endeavor towards this end, a pressing question remains to be deliberately answered: "How do we ascertain that basic education outcomes become authentically aligned to higher education outcomes in order to meet the demands of the industry?" The Association of Education Researchers and Trainers (ASSERT) is a group of education professionals, researchers, and practitioners who are committed to empower stakeholders of the educational community through implementation of outcomes-based education (OBE). The goal is to synergize the primary tasks of educators and trainors, namely instruction, research, and administration, according to the OBE framework.
In ASSERT, OBE is Our Brand of Education. Join us and let us put things into perspective!
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