The Learning Innovation Center (PIP) of Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) has once again held the Core Skills Introductory Course on Monday (13/3) and Tuesday (14/3) in the Operation Room of Building 0, Unpar Rectorate.
Working closely with the British Council Indonesia, PIP Unpar invited Unpar lecturers to participate in discussing the activities designed to develop core skills (core skills) in the learning process. Participants were actively involved in discussions and group work to deepen the understanding of the concept and plan their learning application based on core skills. The core skills include: citizenship, collaboration and communication, creativity and imagination, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and leadership.
Lecturers were introduced to the concept of core skills, otherwise known as 21st century skills. These skills must be possessed by learners in preparing themselves for the challenges posed by the global economy.
The Head of PIP Agus Sukmana said that the training is open to all lecturers of Unpar, especially senior lecturers. He added that senior lecturers need to be equipped with the concept of the core skills to be able to reflect on their teaching experience into the training as well as the age difference between lecturers and students.
“PIP wishes to build awareness that the world has changed and invites lecturers to evolve in managing the learning process, as well as how to respond to the students because their generation is indeed different, and thus cannot be treated with the same way. If you do not update and understand, it’s likely that lecturers will consider the current generation to be lazy and uncritical”, Agus explained.
When interviewed in his office, Agus said that the training is packaged with reflective and play-and-learn inductive characteristics. When playing, he added, participants will reflect on themselves, unlike other training courses that are one way in nature. According to him, lecturers should be trained in a variety of ways.
Coaches from various universities in Bandung are also working with Unpar to deliver materials regarding the concept of core skills. Participants were introduced to the ways of learning, i.e., think-pair-share, role play, brainstorming, whole-group discussions, small-group discussions, and more. The participants consisted of 36 lecturers from seven faculties at Unpar, the Faculty of Economics (FE), the Faculty of Industrial Technology (FTI), the Faculty of Law (FH), the Faculty of Philosophy (FF), the Faculty of Engineering (FT), the Faculty of Information Technology and Science (FTIs), and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP), grouped into seven groups, each containing 4-5 people.
Each group had to write down the advantages and disadvantages of each method of learning on paper A0. After time had run out, each group moves to another group’s table to see the results of other groups and add new ideas when there is a shortage.
“Having followed the earlier activity, I learned to listen to opinions, dare to express opinions, and discovered new things from a variety of ideas that enrich my knowledge, “said a Lecturer of General Courses (MKU) Samho Bartholomew, SS, M.Pd. when answering the question coaches.
PIP plan for more detailed training on one topic because after the second batch of the Introductory Course, it will be a long time before it will open the third batch. Agus said, PIP will open a training course to design the learning process and it is hoped participants will implement them in the course of ten weeks. At the end of the course in December, Agus added, participants will re-convene and share experiences in implementing the learning process in this course.
“This plan will serve as a priority for PIP to sensitize and train lecturers for non-content knowledge, there are also skills that must be applied and trained in the learning process,” he said.
One participant, a FISIP lecturer named Roni Tua S.IP., MT agrees on the changing way of delivering lectures due to the changing times and mindset. According to him, the support of the campus will facilitate changes in how to teach, such as various color markers, so that lecturers do not have to set it up themselves.
This is not the case with MKU Lecturer Yusuf Siswantara, SS, M. Hum. He states that many new things he learned in structuring teaching and materials given inspiring and challenging enough to put into practice.
he explained ” Management is the keyword. There are some things that have been missed, for example in giving a question in class. We are supposed to give the deliberate and sequenced questions, which are informative, profound, or to be answered in unison, “.
He took the example one of the courses he taught, Logic and Basic Leadership. During this time, he said, many students assume that the logic is the same as thinking, but that is not the case because it has creative side. On the other hand in basic leadership course, he added, creativity is indeed mentioned in the lesson. However, the assessment matrix must be considered because creativity is not just assessed subjectively, there is also the side of originality.