Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

The Seoul Accord’s Annual General Meeting (SAGM2016) was held last June 3-5, 2016 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Read more

PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

Due to the recent developments with the PSITE National Board, the board met and reconvened in Manila on 15-March-2016 and held another election. Congratulations to the new set of officers listed below, they will bring PSITE into even greater heights! Soar high, PSITE! Mabuhay!!! Read more

Thailand Educational Benchmarking

Last May 23-28, 2015, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour of the PSITE National Board in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

(ACTIS 2014, Japan) Asian Conference on Technology, Information and Socity

Last November 20-23, 2014, I attended and presented a paper entitled “Best Practices and Challenges of Information Technology Education in the Philippines. Read more

SEOUL ACCORD General Membership Meeting

The Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) invited me to attend the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM2013(Seoul)), Millennium Seoul Hiiton, Seoul, Korea last June 21 to 23, 2013. Read more

Indonesia Educational Benchmarking

Last May 18-25, 2014, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

PICAB MOA Signing

Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board -- MOA signing Read more

2013 NESRC

Pix taken during the 2013 National Engineering and Science Research Conference (2013 NESRC) held at the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City last March 7, 2013 Read more

PSITE NATCON 2013

PSITE NatCon 2013 Opening Remarks; Read more

SMART SWEEP 2013

A team of four students from the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines clinched the Ideaspace Award and a PhP 100,000 cash prize; Read more

Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

I joined the PSITE National Board Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour last January 03-06, 2013; Read more

eGOV Awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Read more

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City; Read more

Top 10 Finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!; Read more

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress. … Read more

Board Meeting

pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.; Read more

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper

The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review; Read more

IBM Web Application Development Training

The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 … Read more

ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

Konnichiwa , On behalf of the participants both from the Philippines and from other countries, I would like to thank the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship or ….Read more

Friday, November 16, 2012

eGOV awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

This is the realization of a dream; a virtual map from the man who set the first step towards a great leap in the advancement of public service in Philippine history.

In honor of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, one of the proponents of the eGov Awards for LGU in the Philippines 2012, the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines and the Cyber City Teleservices (Phils.), Inc. collaborated in the renaming of the awards as the “Jesse Robredo Award of Excellence in ICT for Good Governance” in recognition of his advocacy in promoting ICT as a tool, in his dream to improve the living conditions of people through effective delivery of services and business through good governance by local government units. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education (NCITE 2012)

NCITE 2012 Opening Remarks
Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City

Honorable Aimee Marcos, Northwestern University President Dr. Ma. Liza S. Nicolas, to our keynote speaker who will be properly introduced later, Conference Chair Jonathan Caballero, my fellow national board members, paper presenters, invited speakers, our dear IT educators and students from different schools and universities, our ever supportive sponsors, guests, ladies and gentlemen, Naimbag a bigat , magandang umaga sa inyong lahat, good morning to all.

First and foremost, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to Governor Aimee Marcos for giving us the opportunity to hold our conference in this beautiful place of Laoag City.  Coming from Mindanao, it is not that easy to come over for the convention.  But when we were scouting for next NCITE venue this year and met Governor Marcos, we were convinced to hold our convention here.  And true enough, we made a right decision.  Thank you, Governor.

This academic year is a milestone year for PSITE, this is our sapphire anniversary, 10 years of NCITE, and this February, we will celebrate our 15 years of existence as an organization. It’s PSITE’s  crystal  anniversary.  It is a time to look back on our past and see what the future awaits us.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Ms. Fe Ferriols, the first President of the PSITE pioneering group.  The group had a common dream for quality IT education in the country. And this dream is becoming a reality through the active support, cooperation, collaboration and partnership of PSITE officers and members. I’d like to acknowledge also, doc jimmy caro’s effort in organizing the first NCITE in Lyceum of the Philippines University 10 years ago.

For those who have been attending PSITE conventions, and those who were officers and members of the Board of PSITE, if you will recall, when I was elected as President in 2009, I coined our thrust as PReParE. Prepare is P-Re-Par-E P stands for Professionalism.  Re for Research. Par stands for Partnership.  And E is the very purpose of our organization, which is Education. So PreParE means Professionalism , Research, Partnership and Education. 

In 2010, together with the Board and officers, our agenda was Peer-to-Peer.  It is like a small brother – big brother concept. Like the PReParE agenda, the second PEER is a mnemonic.  It stands for Partnership, Education, Extension and Research.  The Peer-to-PEER agenda addresses our triad function of Research, Curriculum and, Extension and Linkages. 

With these thrusts and agenda, we were able to develop partnership programs, conduct seminars/workshops and conventions, manualize ITE undergraduate thesis and project framework, participate in technical panels and discussions relating to IT education, revived our website and conducted several research paper presentations. The last 2 years we focused on organizational development (OD). OD is a process of improving our organization and a systematic process of change.  According to Killion and Harrison, organizational development requires a planned approach to change based on meeting the needs of both the people and the organization.  With the OD meetings and workshops, we took a look at our mandate, came up with our vision mission, values and goals. 

NCITE 2012 provides a venue to present innovative ideas, approaches, developments and results of research projects in the areas of information technology and technology-based education. This conference promotes the exchange of information between researchers, administrators, faculty members and IT practitioners.

The theme for this year’s NCITE is Outcomes-based Education in Information Technology Education.  We are very pleased that the Director of the Executive Office of Programs and Standards of the Commission on Higher Education in the person of Dr. Sinforoso Birung is here to share his thoughts about it.  The rest of the morning and afternoon are dedicated to mostly research and poster presentations.  In the past years, we received few submissions of research papers.  We had to drumbeat the promotion to all chapters to encourage the members and students to read, develop and write research materials.  The successful Bill Gates said “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”  Who knows one of us here will be the next Bill Gates.

This year, we received tons of papers that we had to screen those for presentation.  The careful screening was done by our able technical committee of the PSITE National Board headed by PC chair Doc Allan Sioson.  The best paper will be awarded tomorrow.

Further, after the plenary talk tomorrow, we will have a public hearing and consultation with the officials of CHED.  I hope that you will all participate in this meeting.

As you may see in the program, the conference offers you a whole lot of knowledge and new insights.  I am encouraging everybody to grab the opportunity to put all these in your personal databank, learn from it and maybe apply it. However, one of the more important things to do also is to mingle and network with the participants.  Sometimes, you learn more in casual conversations than staying in the faculty rooms.  What you learn new knowledge, techniques or technologies, you impart then to your students and colleagues.  As Bill Gates put it “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” 

We are here to learn and also enjoy the northern gateway of the Philippines, the sparkling gem of Ilocandia, Laoag City is known as the country's sunshine city. Experience the beauty of Ilocos Norte. Taste the famous Tupig, Bagnet and Pinakbet Pizza and get the tan that you have always wanted in its white sand beaches. As they say, forget the risk, live for today, and be spell-bound in Ilocos Norte.

Let me take this opportunity to thank Sir Jonathan Caballero and Sir Gerald Calamaan, for successfully organizing the conference.  To the management and staff of Northwestern University, thank you for your hospitality and for providing this venue.  To the officers and members of PSITE, I appreciate your support and active participation.  Bill Gates said that “Great organizations demand a high level of commitment by the people involved.  I am confident of the commitment of the people behind PSITE and I am rightly convinced that we will become a truly great organization and we can turn our dreams into reality.

I wish you a fruitful and successful convention to all.  Good morning.



Monday, October 8, 2012

Top 10 Finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!


Wordify: A Selected Language Translator Using Digital Image Processing  and Doc Banana

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!

As top 10 finalists, members of the team were invited to the Finalists’ Boot Camp where a team of experts in various fields (engineering, IT, marketing, presentation, etc.) helped developed their project concepts and give expert advice on how best to build their prototypes.

The Boot Camp was held last October 5-6, 2012 at First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo, Rizal.

Finals will be held February 14, 2013.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology (y4iT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress.

This year’s 10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology (y4iT) was held last  September 10 to 15 at four different venues inside UP-Diliman. The congress brings  together students, faculty, IT practitioners and enthusiasts, government officials, national leaders, and prominent IT personalities from many parts of the country and the world to discuss and share knowledge about recent trends in IT. Organized by the UP System, UP Information Technology Training Center, and the UP System Information Technology Foundation, Inc., it has established itself as not just any annual IT convention, but as a brand that every college IT student recognizes. With over 100 speakers sharing their knowledge and experience on a wide array of IT topics, Y4iT continues to provide a venue for experiencing activities and witnessing talks that cover IT and IT-related topics, thus developing awareness and honing global competitiveness among IT practitioners and enthusiasts. (source: y4it.up.edu.ph)

I delivered the welcome remarks on the 2nd day.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

National Board Meeting (Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay, Batangas)


 
pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.

Monday, August 6, 2012

IDEASPACE:# Technopreneur Bootcamp




Present and former students of the University of Southeastern Philippines’ Institute of Computing dominated the business pitching battle in the IdeaSpace: Technopreneur Bootcamp organized by SMART Communications last July 28, 2012. IC alumni Rolly Rulete,Jay Albano and Kristian Cuan bagged the grand prize.  The second and third top prizes were secured by two student teams also from the Institute of Computing. Shown in pix is Nikko Comidoy pitching for Doc Banana.

The bootcamp was in line with IdeaSpace’s vision of bringing the advocacy of technopreneurship to the community level. Technopreneurship has been offered as an elective subject in the Institute of Computing for the past two years.  The Institute has also dominated in a similar business pitching competition two years ago at the University of Immaculate Conception.

KUDOS to my TECHNO class!!!!!

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education (NCITE 2012)


2nd Call for Papers and Participation
10th National Conference on Information Technology Education (NCITE 2012)
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
October 18 - 20, 2012
www.psite.ph

The National Conference on Information Technology Education (NCITE) provides a venue to present innovative ideas, approaches, developments and results of research projects in the areas of Information Technology and Technology-based Education. The conference also promotes the exchange of information between researchers, faculty, administrators, and I.T. practitioners. 

NCITE 2012 is organized by the Philippine Society of I.T. Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE) in cooperation with PSITE Region 1 Chapter. 

Conference Chair:
Jonathan M. Caballero (jonathanmcaballero@yahoo.co.uk)
PSITE Inc. Vice President for Luzon

Program Chair:
Allan A. Sioson, PhD (allan@adnu.edu.ph)
Ateneo de Naga University

The main groups of conference topics include but are not limited to: 
·         Information Technologies in Education:
o   Collaborative Learning
o   Courseware Development
o   Instruction support tools
o   Distance Learning
o   E-Learning
o   Knowledge-Based Systems
o   Learning & Content Management Systems
o   Mobile or Web-Based Learning
·         Information Technology:
o   Mobile Applications
o   Networked Systems
o   Computer Graphics & Animation
o   Software Engineering
o   Virtualization
o   Multimedia Systems
o   Game Development
·         Information Systems:
o   Decision Support System
o   Expert Systems
o   IT Planning, Management & Governance
o   Management Information Systems
o   Enterprise-wide Systems
o   Computer Science and Special Topics:
o   Algorithms
o   Bioinformatics
o   Computer Graphics and Animation
o   Computer Security and Cryptography
o   Grid Computing
o   Machine Learning and Computer Vision
o   Computer Vision
o   Modeling and Simulation
o   Natural Language Processing
o   Pattern Recognition & Data Mining
o   Pervasive Computing
o   Robotics
o   Cloud Computing

PAPER SUBMISSION

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished full research papers for presentation at NCITE 2012. The Conference Review Policy requires that each submitted paper will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers for inclusion in the conference program and CD-ROM proceedings. A review of all papers is undertaken by the members of the Paper Review Committee to determine the outstanding paper award. One author per paper is required to register and attend the conference to present the paper if accepted. 

The full papers are due by August 17, 2012. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by September 14, 2012 via e-mail. Final version of the poster or paper and presentation slides are due on September 21, 2012. A maximum of fifteen pages, including an abstract of up to 200 words will be allowed for each accepted paper in the proceedings. 

All manuscripts and slides must be submitted electronically, in PDF format and formatted using the ACM templates available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html

Submit your papers and posters (in PDF) to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ncite2012. You have to create an account first atwww.easychair.org in order to submit in the conference page. 

POSTER SUBMISSION

Student authors are encouraged to submit research posters. It is a large document meant to communicate your research in a short period of time. It is composed of a short title, list of authors (and their affiliations), an introduction, an overview of your methods, your results, an insightful discussion of results, and bibliography. The size of the poster shall be A0 (33.1 in x 46.8 in), landscape. The submission date for posters is the same as that of full papers. Please note that research posters will not be published in the conference proceedings and not eligible for best paper award.

IMPORTANT DATES

For authors, please note the following dates: 

Paper/ Poster Submission:
August 17, 2012
Authors Notification:
September 14, 2012
Author Confirmation:
September 21, 2012
Revised Paper/ Poster Submission:
September 21, 2012
Early Registration (to avail of discounted conference rate):  
September 18, 2012
Conference Dates:
October 18-20, 2012

Authors will be responsible for their travel and living expenses. The conference CD-ROM will contain the full paper and slides of all research papers presented and will be distributed free-of-charge to all conference participants.

CONFERENCE FEE
The NCITE2012 conference fee is PHP 4,000.00. This includes the conference kits, CD conference proceedings, and conference food. All participants will be responsible for their hotel accommodation. Accommodation is not part of the conference fee.

DISCOUNTED FEE
Participants may avail of a discounted conference rate of PHP 3,600.00 if they pay their registration fees on or before September 18, 2012.  Early payments should be deposited to PSITE's Allied Bank Account. 

The author who will present the accepted paper or accepted poster may avail of a discounted rate of PHP 3,600.00 even during the on-site registration. The author should present a printout of the acceptance letter sent by NCITE2012 Secretariat.

PAYMENTS
Early payments can be deposited to any Allied Bank branch. Accomplish the deposit slip in triplicate credited to PSITE using the following details: Account Name: PSITE Account Number: 3131-02238-4 Branch: Allied Bank, Recto Branch, Manila

ONLINE REGISTRATION
Please scan your validated deposit slip and register online ( http://ncite.psite.ph/register ) for confirmation of your attendance. Please present your deposit slip to the convention secretariat during the onsite registration for verification and issuance of official receipts.

ACCOMMODATIONS
A list of hotels and inns located near the conference venue with the corresponding rates and contact details will be provided in a separate document. Authors and conference participants are responsible for their accommodations.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Please direct questions to ncite.secretariat@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper












The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review of Researches last July 19-20, 2012 at Villa Margarita Hotel, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada City. Yours truly won the Best Paper-Research Category award.  The award was given by the VP-RDE, Dr. S.B. Antipolo and the Research Director, Dr. H.B. Pondevida.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT RATIONALE


http://www.usep.edu.ph
(by mjandayan)

The Institute of Computing, since its inception, has established a reputation of not only producing battle-ready quality graduates but of leasing competent on-the-job trainees to the industry. This year, however, the Institute has found a golden opportunity to jump the curve and prove that the OJT program can achieve something beyond what is normally written on the script.

Serve the academe. 

Deviating from the norms isn’t always the easiest undertaking to venture on. Bringing the OJT to the academe posed its own fair share of risks and uncertainties. The vision was noble and clear but the future looked relatively hazier than it ever was. Students have fixated their minds on apprenticing in their dream companies, dream environments, and dream jobs that it would take major effort to introduce a new scheme and maintain the same eagerness and upbeat attitude they had. But it turned out it would only take two things to get the job done: pride and legacy.

And that is what developing the university website brought to the table.

Some said pride can be a man’s enemy. But a well-contained pride can be a great reminder of human’s worth. Pride is what brought Julius Caesar down; but it also is what gives us the feeling of renewed faith in ourselves and in our country every time Manny Pacquiao enters the ring.

This year’s version of the OJT revolved around the “good pride”. It is of recognizing present flaws and taking pride of walking the necessary steps toward the collective good of all concerned.

Functionality testing conducted by the crew of on-the-job trainees revealed that the former university website, while decent at best, didn’t quite adhere to the accepted web standards of today. Simply put, it contradicted to what the Institute of Computing teaching force is preaching to their students and didn’t embody the kind of web presence a premiere university in the ASEAN region would want to have.

So a challenge was issued and a battle was waged.

Eighty-eight young minds traded beaches and summer outings for comprehensive data gathering and programming. The university library became Boracay; the CAS building became Baguio; and the Engineering building was suddenly Singapore. Movie marathons turned into coding marathons. A summer that should have been spent with loved ones became a summer in the company of colleagues and facilitators. And it didn’t take long for the trainees to realize that the mission they signed themselves into was not a walk in the park.

But as the University Guidance and Testing Office has consistently claimed, IC students are the sleeping giants of the university. And if that holds to be true, then now some of the giants are asleep no more. And they know nothing about backing down.

Comprised of B.S. Information Technology and B.S. Computer Science undergrads, the crew of student developers was subdivided into several groups, each of which assigned to a college, office, or campus under the university’s umbrella.

The crew’s adaptability was first to be put on test as the OJT facilitators decided to employ a technology relatively new to the ears of the majority. Seven days of formal training were all the crew had at its disposal. The technology wasn’t all that complicated but still it wasn’t something that can be fully grasped through a weeklong training. So the entire team learned its first valuable lesson of the journey: STAND ON YOUR OWN. For the world outside the academe won’t always be as accommodating as one would expect it to be. Besides, spoon-feeding is for babies, not for grown men – let alone giants.

Data gathering was the second stop of the journey. The mandate was clear: leave no pertinent information behind. With a memorandum approved by no less than the university president, representatives from each group were deployed into their different assigned university entities. From the smallest of offices and colleges, up to Bislig Campus – the most distant of the university’s external campuses – they got it all covered. Each of the trainees got a first-hand experience of how it is like to communicate with real and live clients. They got the chance to deal with different kind of attitudes, react professionally to different receptions, and most of all concretely understand more than ever the true essence of two adages: PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE and CUSTOMERS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT. All of which, of course, are likely situations they would fall into once they head into the exit doors of the academe in the near future.

As the data acquisition progressed, the crew, with some help from its facilitators, brainstormed on one of the most vital components of the entire undertaking: setting the website standards. One of the most glaring factors which made the former university website a so-so site is its lack of established standards. So the crew made sure all ideas are in, all options are considered, and all suggestions are weighed for its overall substance. In the process, the crew reached a consensus of appointing select members whose innate talents and skills proved to be great qualifications for them to lead the pack. From then, a project leader was born; a graphics team was formed; and a set of content writers were chosen. Collectively, they were in-charge of the standards establishing process.

Setting the standards was the most painstaking part of the development process. Even down to the minute details, the crew made sure a standard was governing. But just when everybody thought all was set and firm, changes suddenly proved to be necessary; be it on the site’s overall design or of its content’s formatting. The situation taught the crew of the value of open-mindedness and flexibility – two great fundamental characteristics that each of the trainees can surely count on as they find their niche in the industry someday.

Eventually, the standardizing did come to an end. Days of brainstorming, arguing, and making trial-and-errors lead the crew to establishing the final blueprint of the university website. It would take time to enumerate them all considering its depth, but the blueprint can be broken down into four simple words: identity, simplicity, organization, and comprehensiveness.

Identity refers to employing the appropriate color schemes and logos to the appropriate pages. This explains the maroon color scheme on the home page and on the majority of the website’s pages, while varying color schemes on each of the colleges’ pages to represent their official college color.

Simplicity means not overdoing the design and preserving the professional look and feel of the website – which is basically achieved by assuring that white is still the dominant color in every part of the site as much as possible.

Organization pertains to the strategic positioning of the contents and links; ensuring that the most significant of all contents and the most relevant of all links are placed in the positions most accessible and convenient to the visitors. This is exemplified by putting the headlines section at the most recognizable position of the website’s home page, closely joined by the calendar of events and announcements section. In the case of each college, office, or campus’ web page, the message of the institution head is highlighted to serve as a welcome greeting to the visitors and to give them a brief intro about the institution’s profile, services, achievements, etc,.

And lastly, comprehensiveness – the commitment to fill the visitors with all the information they could possibly ask about the university, or even more. This is the main reason behind the crew’s never ending pursuit of information from the different university entities; which might have caused the crew to be labeled as a nuisance by some of its clients.

The entire development team had to work within the confines of these four general standards in the entire course of the website development. But there are four other things which bounded the team in the course of the undertaking: the corners of the engineering building lobby.

Lacking the dedicated facility to house all of the 88 trainees comfortably in the entire duration of the website development, the crew, fueled by the OJT facilitators’ initiative, squeezed out every drop of resourcefulness it has and transformed the lobby to be its main headquarters. It wasn’t the most ideal working environment. The crew even half-jokingly erected a signboard which described the place as the “OJT WAR AREA”. It had poor ventilation and it posed a lot of distractions considering it was a public premises.

But there was no stopping each members of the crew from bringing their own laptops and desktop computers; from interconnecting a dozen of extension wires and automatic voltage regulators that calling it octopus connection wouldn’t even be enough of a description; and ultimately, for getting down to their business in order to get the job done.

The crew worked in its makeshift office day-in and day-out for nearly a month. Everyone worked collaboratively on perfecting the entire website based on the established standards. Minimal interference was seen from the OJT facilitators but ample guidance was given. The project leader was given the green light to run the show – and she made the most out of that vested authority.

The project leader pressed her wards for deadlines just like what leaders do to their employees in a company. Some members were up to the challenge while some crammed their way up to make it on time. Other members were promoted and were given special tasks just like how an employee gets up in rank for doing a stellar job. The facilitators aided by providing motivational talks every once in a while similar to how company advisers would advise and encourage company leaders. The entire crew had its moments of laughter and had equal time for silence. It had its taste of victory but not without undergoing through the agony of defeat.

And the next thing everybody knew is that for the past three months they have lived inside a near perfect simulation of the world outside the academe – while inside the university and while leaving their own legacy.

KUDOS to my OJT studs .. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Abstract: “EXPLORING NOVICE STUDENT’S C++ PROGRAMMING COMPILATION LOG USING DATA MINING”

MPDizon, RAJDeluao,MJGMispeƱas,HLTToyorada, RSGamboa

Computer programming is the process of writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code of computer programs. A Program’s source code is written in a programming language. 

In College, programming subject is an introductory course in any information technology related programs. However, in most cases, novice students had a hard time in this subject and often failed to pass because they find difficulty in doing their laboratory exercises. Some identified reasons to these are the lack of the following: problem solving ability, knowledge of the programming language and understanding of the application domain, conceptualization of the execution of the program and assistance, assistance coming from their instructors and from the programming environment itself. These programming environments returned undecipherable compilation error messages which brought additional burden to the novice programmer in understanding its meaning and affected their way of providing solutions, thus leading to failure in submitting their laboratory exercises.

In this study, the researchers applied data mining in extracting information from students’ DevC++ Compilation Log. Dev C++ IDE is modified to capture students’ compilation logs, written in text files and forwarded to the server. Text files containing log information are sent to Dev C++ Log Miner; these were analyzed to generate visualization and interpretation of results. Visualizations and reports generated reliable information such as error count per compile, committed error count, compile time interval and character count per compile to determine novice students’ programming performance and challenges. Instructors can now thoroughly assess students, and help them improve their programming skills.

Monday, May 28, 2012

IBM Web Application Development Training


The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 chapter held a teacher’s training in Web Application Development last May 21-25, 2012 at the Laboratory Room of the Institute of Computing. The training was conducted as a supplementary activity to help teachers deliver the course effectively.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Joint PSITE Board and Regional President’s Planning Workshop, May 7-9, 2012, UPITDC, Quezon City



 


Pictures taken during the Joint PSITE Board and Regional President’s Planning Workshop. ICTO Deputy Executive Director Alejandro Melchor was our guest speaker while Dr. Paulino Y. Tan, TPITE chair, inducted the newly elected PSITE national board for AY 2012-13.




 








































Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ilocos Norte-Dagupan Visit

 
Pictures taken during my short visit to Laoag, Ilocos Norte and Dagupan City...



Friday, March 9, 2012

PCSC 2012


I attended the 12th Philippine Computing Science Congress (PCSC2012) at De La Salle Canlubang (at Binan, Laguna) last March 1-3, 2012. This was organized by the Computing Society of the Philippines (CSP), where I am a national board member. The CSP organizes this conference to enable local and neighboring computing educators, researchers, and ICT professionals and students to interact and to share their work in computing, computer science, computer engineering, computational science, and information and communications technology (ICT). De La Salle Canlubang (at Binan, Laguna) hosts the conference this year. PCSC2012 starts with a workshop on Natural Language Processing (NLP). It also features four talks on the contributions of Alan Mathison Turing in various fields in Computing.

The conference also features special lectures by prominent researchers and educators in the field of information and communications technology (including computing, computer science, computer engineering, computational science, and related disciplines). It also features contributed research papers on computing and ICT.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

14th PSITE National Convention (feb 23-25, 2012, Country Homes and Convention Center, General Santos City)

PSITE AS A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION


Thank you for that kind introduction. Magandang GENSAN!.

Ladies and gentlemen, before anything else, I would like to enjoin everybody for a minute of silent prayer for our PSITE members and all those who were affected by typhoon Sendong. May those who have lost homes and properties find shelter, enough food and clean water.  May the Lord comfort those who are traumatized and those who are grieving for the loss of their families, neighbors and friends.  May our great Healer bless those who are sick and injured that their health may be restored.

Let me start by saying thank you to the PSITE National Board for having been very supportive and active these past years.  We couldn’t have achieved what we achieved now if not for their willingness to serve the organization.  As you may have already known, our thrust for this year was OD or organizational development.  So, this is a presentation and presidents report-rolled into one.


PSITE, as a national organization, is a growing organization.  Winston Churchill once said “the farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see”.  So let me bring you to memory lane when PSITE was conceptualized up to the present.  Therefore the outline of my presentation is as follows.

History of PSITE
PSITE was born out of the prodding of the Technical Panel for Information Technology Education (TPITE) headed by Dr. Paulino Y. Tan to organize a professional group of Information Technology Educators (ITE) in 1996.

Bounded by a common dream for quality IT education in the country, the group had enduring series of planning workshops and meetings.  Finally, PSITE became a formal organization of IT Educators in 1997.  Ms. Fe Ferriols became the President of the pioneering PSITE group.  Monthly Seminars and workshops were offered to IT Educators through the generosity of donors and sponsors.  Recognizing the difficulty of many higher education institutions to sponsor quality trainings in IT education, the organization offers free if not highly subsidized workshop and training.  With the overwhelming response of educators in the country and able to benefit more educators in the different parts of the country, chaptering was inevitable. Guidelines on chaptering were formulated in year 2000. Davao was the first recognized regional chapter in the same year.

Years after, several chapters were formed.  Monthly seminars and workshops were held by the regional chapters.  National conventions were then organized every year.  These were mostly the activities of PSITE.  The PSITE family has grown, as now it has its presence in almost all regions in the country, thereby making PSITE as the biggest IT organization in the country today.

2009 – Setting a Direction
Having been elected as President in 2009, I accepted the big responsibility because I know it will be such a challenging role that I will play.  In my own little way, I was hoping to contribute to PSITE’s goal of furthering IT education in the country.  Education is not an easy task, especially in these modern times when rapid changes happen at the blink of an eye.  I saw that PSITE will face many more and bigger challenges.  It is for this reason that I said we should all PReParE. According to American author H. Jackson Brown Jr., the best preparation for tomorrow is doing the best today.

By the word PReParE, I did not only mean getting ready for something. I coined this as an acronym which will reflect the thrust and framework of PSITE. Prepare is P-Re-Par-E. P stands for Professionalism. Re for Research.Par stands for Partnership.  And E for the very purpose of our organization, which is Education. So PReParE means Professionalism, Research, Partnership and Education. 

2010 – Setting a Direction
In 2010. I was re-elected as President.  Now that we are PReParEd, PSITE went Peer-to- PEER.  2010 was anchored on a Peer-to- PEER principle.  It is like a small brother – big brother concept. Like the PReParE agenda, the second PEER is a mnemonic.  It stands for Partnership, Education, Extension and Research. The Peer-to- PEER agenda addresses our triad function of Research, Curriculum and Instruction,  and Extension and Linkages. 

So PReParE and Peer-to- PEER became PSITE’s thrust for 2009 and 2010, respectively, in which the regional chapters also adopted.   This developed a culture change in PSITE and paradigm shift in the thrusts and activities.

There were several “firsts” in those times.  Let me line up some of those:
1. In 2009, during the 11th National Convention held in Dipolog, it was the first time that we had plenary session with reactors.
2. It was also the first time that best practices from all over the Philippines were presented in the fields of research, extension and instruction.
3.  We also increased the duration of the sessions to take up organizational matters in order for the national PSITE to further touch base with the different regions. 
4.   In the 2009 convention, there were tarpaulins prepared by different regions to showcase their activities for the past five years.  The Jedi night was held outside the convention area, and that was in Dakak, with all the fireworks and festivity.
  5.    For the first time that we had a pre-NCITE conference in 2009 which is related to our research agenda.  Presented were model research frameworks, advising and manuscript templates for BSCS, BSIT and BSIS, coupled with best practices in those fields.  The NCR research capability building framework was also presented. 
6.    It was also the first time that there was a student presenter during the NCITE conference. 
  7.    In October 2010, the first time that NCITE is held outside the school and still hosted by a school, the Aklan Catholic College.
  8.    Awarding of honorary membership to Naveen Asrani in recognition for his exceptional and unselfish services and support to the PSITE’s vision and mission.
  9. Singapore Benchmarking Activity last January 2011 with the national board and some regional presidents and members.  We were particularly interested in pursuing a “close range” understanding of the Singapore Academic Ecosystems with emphasis in institutions offering computing course and how they established linkage with industries both local and global. Schools visited were Nanyang Polytechnic and National University of Singapore. We also meet with Adobe-Singapore executives for a possible cooperation and partnership.
  10.  During the national convention in 2011, we subsidized the registration fee (P300,000.00)
  11.  We had the President’s night, were we acknowledged the contribution of the former PSITE national presidents (Ms. Fe Ferriols, Sir Glenn Sipin, Sir Leo Querubin, Sir Ben Teehankee, Sir Boogie Boydon, Sir Jimmy Caro, Sir Dio Calumpit, Sir Alex Ybasco and Ms. Nancy Flores)
  12.  First automated election of the PSITE national board
13.  And more significantly, it was the first time that a member outside of Luzon got to be elected as President of PSITE National. The first Garden induction of the PSITE national board was held in UP-Hotel.

As Bill Gates said, “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others”.  

With these thrusts as the direction of PSITE, we were able to do the following
ITE Undergraduate Research and Capstone Project Manual
We had series of meetings and workshops toward coming up with a framework for the ITE Undergraduate Thesis and Capstone Project. Our project of coming up with a Framework for practicum was finally finished.  In this convention, institutional members who are present will receive a complimentary copy of the ITE Undergraduate Research and Capstone Project Manual.

PSITE Constitution and By-Laws (CBL)/PSITE Logo and Website
In line with Professionalism is proper documentation.  One of the documents that needed to be reviewed is the PSITE CBL.  Series of meetings were held and at one point, invited Peach Tinio, one of the original framers of the CBL.  The CBL was then ratified in 2010. We also revived our website with a new url(www.psite.ph) and a new face. I encourage you to visit our website. We also made our new logo, customized to depict our coverage.

PSITE as recognized by CHED
PSITE was again recognized as a professional organization and was invited by CHED to endorse IT educators as TPITE members in the pursuit of strengthening the role in assisting them to formulate policies and standards.  It is with great pride that our members will be part of TPITE.  Also, most, if not all of our conventions and conferences were endorsed by CHED.

PSITE Partners
PSITE wouldn’t accomplish much without collaborating efforts with partners. Our partners are the following:
Sun Microsystems, Inc - We had an OpenJive Challenge last July, 2009.  The objective of the challenge is to drive students’ passion and enthusiasm for innovation through the use of Open Source technologies such as Java Technology, JavaFX, NetBeans IDE, OpenSolaris, MySQL, GlassFish, Project Wonderland, Zembly and many others to develop cutting-edge applications for desktop, web or mobile, that will address key issues that organizations face today, while fostering interactivity between communities on the Internet. 
UP-ITTC - We actively participated and shared our expertise and human resources during Y4IT, were some of the PSITE Board Members and Regional Presidents served as Speakers.
DeVcon - We signed a memorandum of agreement with DeVcon.  With the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of the supply of software development engineering talent for the Philippines, Developers Connect (DEVCON) and PSITE agreed to cooperate in conducting nationwide DEVCON activities within the constituents covered by PSITE and its local affiliations.
ADOBE We also partnered with ADOBE.  With this partnership, members of PSITE are given marked down prices of their products and services.  Many of our members benefitted from this partnership.
A MOA Signing was held again with IBM, DEVCON, ADOBE, UP-ITTC,  Microsoft during the 13th national convention in Antipolo last year.

Seminars/Workshops
We held a Faculty Development workshops at the Crowne Regency Hotel and Enverga university last October and December of 2009 with Mr. Oliver Malabanan as resource speaker. This is a training workshop on IT course design and teaching strategies.  Other seminar workshops were organized and conducted by the regional chapters. Others might find it very trivial to have this kind of trainings. However, we noted that more or less 80% of the not so matured schools need this kind of trainings.  And this is the essence of Peer-to- PEER, taking cognizance of the concerns of our peers.

PSITE and NCITE Conventions
The conventions that we held for the past three years are:
  · 11th PSITE National Convention, Febraury 26-28, 2009,Dipolog City
     ·    12th PSITE National Convention, February 24-27, 2010, Bohol
    · 13th PSITE National Convention, February 16-19, 2010, MMLDC, Antipolo
·         NCITE 2009, October 21-23, 2009, Cagayan de Oro City
·         NCITE 2010, October 20-22, 2010 in  Boracay,Malay, Aklan
·         NCITE 2011, October 27-29, 2011, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
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      On top of these, we were able to visit other regional chapters (NCR, Regions 1,2,3,4,7 and 12) 

PSITE Social Responsibility
PSITE has not been only very technical.  We also took care of the social needs of our members.  A very noble act by PSITE was the donation of more than sixty thousand pesos (P60,000.00) for the typhoon victims of Ondoy and Pepeng in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, CAR and NCR.  This is the first time that PSITE extended this kind of help to its members.  In December last year, we extended fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities. PSITE –NCR and PSITE- XII also did share 10 thousand each. This is the first time that PSITE regional chapters extended this kind of help to its fellow regional members. On December 11, 2011, we had our Joint PSITE National Board and Regional Presidents meeting and  Christmas party coupled with an Outreach program at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth (Home for the Poor, Abandoned, Handicapped and Special Children) were we donated fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000.00) aside from food and supplies.

With these PReParE and Peer-to- PEER agenda, at the back of my mind were the PSITE objectives which are found in our constitution and by-laws.  Section 2.1 provides that “the general objective of this Society shall be the promotion of quality information technology (IT) education.  The specific objective is found in Section 2.2 which states that “this Society shall serve as a venue for the optimization and development of faculty members, curricula, projects, research, resources, linkages, and assistance in policy formulation related to IT education.”  

After implementing something new, several firsts, several changes in the organization, we went away from status quo. We embarked into programs and projects which were not done before.  We implemented systems and policies, and changed the mindset of the regional chapters in the formulation of the programs and activities.  We reviewed and amended our very constitution and by-laws.  After analyzing and looking at it on a macro level, the process of change that we did was not systematic.  Though we attained a high level of attainment to most of our projects, we could have done more.  And many could have participated in the process.

With this in mind, we thought of holding an organizational development process or commonly known as OD.  OD is a process of improving our organization and a systematic process of change.  According to Killion and Harrison, organizational development requires a planned approach to change based on meeting the needs of both the people and the organization. So, we underwent an organizational development process facilitated by our interval Vice President, Ms. Grace F. Tyler.  There was a presentation by Ms. Tyler about Organization Development.  This was followed by revisiting what PSITE now has.  Then we did SWOT analysis, did fish bone analysis, and other OD tools. With the OD meetings and workshops, we took a look at our mandate, came up with our vision, mission, values and goals.  We went to the level of identifying the activities, and other details such as the timeframe, responsible persons, etc.)

Hence, the following are the part of the results of the workshop:
Vision
The premier national information technology professional organization transforming the academic community that enables and sustains the growth of a knowledge-driven Philippine economy
Mission
We are committed in providing opportunities for the development of our members through:
·     Strong community and Partnership involvement with the education providers, industry, government, non-government agencies and international counterparts.
·     Dynamic and responsive Educational initiatives for an enhanced academic standard.
·     Relevant community Extension and immersion programs
·    Aggressive building of Research Capability and effective mentoring system.

With OD in mind, we tried to look at the status of the regional chapters and took note of Regions 1 and 2 who has not been active for years now.  Hence, in August and September we revived these regional chapters.

The time horizon of our plans and programs is three years.  And I hope the leadership of PSITE in the coming three years will align itself to the three-year plan that the group started.

Again, I would like to emphasize that PSITE is here to further IT education in the Philippines.  We strive to be a medium for development and growth of the IT Educators in the country.  With great passion for the formation of the young and updating the not-so-young, PSITE members take the challenge to produce competent and skilful IT professionals who are endowed with social and corporate responsibility at par with other IT graduates in the global world.  The challenge maybe great, but PSITE will take it in stride. 

We have done much, and, together, with our concerted efforts, we, PSITE as a national organization, can do much more, bring our organization to the highest level of service as possible to achieve our mission and vision, and succeed.  As Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

And finally, GenSan is such a wonderful place to live, to have a vacation and also hold convention. Let us make the most of our stay in this beautiful City of GenSan, also known as the home of the best Tuna in the Philippines where residents are proud to say that seafoods are fresher when it comes from their beloved city, so let us pamper ourselves with fresh tuna and other seafoods delight.

Good afternoon.