by Irene Abigail S. Guerrero

The University Research and Development Office, headed by Dr. Edelyn A. Cadorna, initiated a two-day Training Workshop on Development of Research-Based Training Materials at the Tadena Hall. During the first day of the event on October 19, Dr. Fatima F. Rocamora, the Vice President for Research and Extension, reiterated the need for University researchers to integrate Extension as a result of research initiatives.

Further, the University President, Dr. Erwin F. Cadorna, pushed forth that the university is determined that we must do studies that will best address the requirements of our time, our community, and urgent local issues. We should think about how our research study’s conclusions may be used practically in addition to publishing it and presenting it in national and international venues.

Dr. Benjamina G. Flor, a Professor 4 and University Scientist 2 of the University of the Philippines talked about the purpose and process of transferring research results to learning or information education communication (IEC) materials for Extension use. She reiterated that research should be centered on community needs, and that proper evaluation should be made to measure the impact of the University on the beneficiaries.

In the afternoon, Mr. Lawrence Gill Salgado, a freelance Digital Marketing Manager, talked about the creative process and design of transferring research to learning or IEC materials for Extension use. He discussed the principles of design, and meticulously taught the participants how to use Canva. On the morning of October 20, Mr. Salgado prepared an activity to demonstrate how to use the principles of design in creating an IEC material. Simultaneous with the demonstration, the participants navigated their way through the Canva software.

Then, in the afternoon, the participants had a workshop on designing their research outputs and converting these into an IEC material. The participants presented their designs, and Mr. Salgado critiqued and made recommendations on how to improve the designs. Over-all, Mr. Salgado was impressed at how the participants designed their work.

The impressions given by the participants centers on the valuable learnings they were able to derive from the training workshop. They appreciated the lecture of Dr. Benjie Flor as it derives purpose to the use of Research to benefit communities, and other stakeholders of the University. They were equally thankful for Mr. Gill Salgado as he was able to impart creative ideas to make designs more apt, and appealing. This way, the audience will be able to understand, apply, and use the learnings in the IECs created for them.

Further, Dr. Edelyn A. Cadorna, sparked additional motivation for the participants when she mentioned that the University shall provide assistance in the application of securing copyright for the produced IECs. This will drive for the increase in the creation of more research-based IECs to be used in University Extension services.

The University initiatives through the sewing of research and extension are woven together in a comprehensive, end-to-end process that is very much in line with the University’s mandate in the delivery of quality instruction.

Source: UNP-Public Information Office