EDX GRADUATES. The HarvardX’s Leaders of Learning MOOC graduates of the American Corner of Cagayan de Oro City strike a pose after their culminating activity. Supplied photo. 

Report by Anito Librando Jr

The American Spaces of the US Embassy in Manila recently concluded its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Camp on “Leaders of Learning” offered by Harvard University through edX (HarvardX) with a virtual graduation on January 27 at the American Corner of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City.

The online course, which started in November last year, was aimed at identifying and developing personal theories of learning, and exploring how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning.

A total of 49 graduates from American Corner CDO were given certificates for participating in the MOOC and for attending the three meet-up sessions. These participants came from various schools, namely, Pagadian Science High School, Zamboanga del Sur National High School, Tablon Senior High School, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Xavier University Junior High School, and XU tertiary level, among others.

Besides AC-CDO, the MOOC camp was also conducted simultaneously in seven other locations in Mindanao: AC-Davao City, AC-Tagum in Davao del Norte, AC-Mati City in Davao Oriental, Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, AC-Marawi City, Dao eLearning Hub Pagadian, and AC-Zamboanga City.

INSPIRING WORDS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y Kim delivers his message for the HarvardX’s Leaders of Learning MOOC graduates. Supplied photo.

Elizabeth Liu, assistant cultural affairs officer of the US Embassy - Manila, delivered her welcome remarks to the graduates which was then followed by the congratulatory message of US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y Kim, inspiring the educators who took part of the virtual graduation.

HARVARD PROF. Professor Richard Elmore of the Harvard Graduate School of Education delivers his message for the edX's Leaders of Learning MOOC graduates. Supplied photo.

The course instructor, Professor Richard Elmore of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, also gave his message to the graduates and actively engaged with the students during the learning presentations of each MOOC camp representative.

The online session ended with the presentation of the other educational opportunities and programs by the US Embassy Manila (YSEALI, RELO, and Education USA).

The offline session continued with the showcase of different academic designs and outputs that the educators devised through the collaborative efforts and shared knowledge coming from their training sessions and learning from the online course.

The participants were then treated with MOOC shirts as token and a celebratory luncheon.

The HarvardX Leaders of Learning MOOC Camp was facilitated by USG alumni, namely, XU School of Education dean Dr Jovelyn Delosa, Dr Maria Angeles Dano-Hinosolango of USTP-CSTE, and Anito Librando Jr of XUJHS. XU Libraries director Estrella Cabudoy served as program coordinator while Athena Jaca of American Corner CDO was the course staff. Assistant cultural affairs officer Ryan Bradeen, together with Xavier Lara, Malcolm Flores and Randolf Mariano of the US Embassy - Manila, headed the project. ∎

From left to right: Dr Maria Angeles Dano-Hinosolango (USTP-CSTE), Anito Librando Jr (XUJHS), Dr Jovelyn Delosa (XU School of Education), and Athena Jaca (AC-CDO). Supplied photo.