#DEVC152 World Cafe: New vs. Old Curriculum

Farewell MAJORS, Hello GENERAL! Can generalist training arm us? Jack of all trades, can mastery be done?

What are your thoughts about the shift from the old to the new curriculum?


This is a wealth of knowledge…

Not convinced? Try looking into the picture closely. You could see various ideas coming from DEVC152 (Principles and Development Applications of Knowledge Management) students regarding the old and new curriculum of CDC. It was examined by identifying both its the strengths and limitations. It was also analyzed if the change in the curriculum is necessary and is beneficial for the College, much more that it is hailed as the Center of Excellence in Development Communication (given by the Commission on Higher Education or CHED).

It was recognized that the new curriculum is for preparing the students in a DevCom work outside the academic institution. Many alumni say that as a DevCom practitioner, you are not expected to do things just according to your major. Everyone is expected to be well-rounded in multimedia, publications editing and writing, broadcasting, and popularization of scientific and technical publications. But then, the downside of the generalist curriculum, which is considered as the strength of the old curriculum is that, the new curriculum seem to be more media-based. Another criticism that was mentioned is that the new curriculum seems to be ideally making DevCom students as “jack of all trades,” but on one hand, “master of none,” because of lack of specialization.

In general, it is believed that change is inevitable, and is necessary in every academic institution. The group (Knowledge Correspondents) thinks that it is really hard to let go of the old curriculum, much more that we are products of it. But then, the group thinks that maybe, we should give the generalist curriculum a shot. We’ll never know its possibilities and potentials until we try.

Note: This is a result of a Knowledge Sharing activity called World Café, conducted in CDC Annex 1, UPLB. This activity is an informal way of extracting knowledge about a specific concept, and is usually practiced in international organizations. This is done by, first; having an ambiance that is informal, more of a “coffee shop” ambiance (you could have some coffee and other snacks). Then, you would be divided into groups. In each group, there would be a “queen bee” who would be the one to relay the topics tackled by “cross-pollinating bees.” Queen bees are not allowed to roam or to go to other groups, only cross pollinating members. Since it is done in a class, an instructor/facilitator would post a question or a topic to be discussed. This is then discussed by the groups. Group members could doodle, write notes, quotations, or even take pictures while having an informal k-sharing. You could also eat while doing the k-sharing. After a certain period of time (maybe 10 to 15 minutes), there would be “cross pollination” of group members, meaning, they would go to another group, and then share the things that they have discussed. Since everyone has his/her knowledge of the concept, each round would contribute to the building of the concept, or answering of the question, which, later on, would result to what you see now… a wealth of knowledge.

– with Alecsa Geronimo and Paulene Cajano

#DEVC152 (Knowledge Correspondents)


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