Quick Checkup: How Much Do You Know about OBE?

Wireless earphones, 4D movies, bullet trains, and online shopping—everything is changing.

Almost everything has deviated from the traditional and has continued to take on innovation, from technology to movies to transportation, down to lifestyle. Just as anything else, education is also making way for change.

Over the years, education has been experiencing a lot of changes, and one of the most significant of them is the continued demand for an outcomes-based education (OBE).

Now, you may think you already know enough about OBE because it has been the the talk of teachers, school administrators, and students. Well, let us see.

OBE is a learner-focused model of education wherein the outcomes provided by the students over the duration of the course or semester will be the basis of their assessment. The typical classroom design looks like this: teachers teach while students listen; afterward, the students would take a test to measure their learning. In an outcomes-based education, students are still taught, but their performance are evaluated during application or practical activities.

In OBE, outcomes are measured more than inputs because they provide a more concrete basis of a student’s performance. An example of an assessment based on outcomes would be Student A solved 3 equations correctly in 10 minutes instead of Student A memorized 3 formulas.

Evidently, students are required to demonstrate what they know and how much they are able to do with this knowledge. This learning approach also tests the students’ skills, attitudes, abilities, and proficiencies.

Countries such as the United States of America, Australia, Africa, and Malaysia have been implementing OBE in their education systems, and now the Philippines is starting to adopt the same. In 2012, through CHED Memorandum Order No. 46, the Commission on Higher Education formally required the implementation of OBE in schools and universities in the Philippines. Institutions shifted their curricula and sought new learning materials and activities to fully support the objectives of OBE.

One of the major goals of OBE is to turn the students’ abilities in school into skills that they can actually use in the workplace. That is why it is important for students, especially those in college, to find the right materials that are extremely suited for their learning needs—learning materials that promote critical thinking and constant application of knowledge and experience so that they would have their skills and abilities highly developed by the time they finish school.

OBE aims to prepare college students for employment by equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude that they will use in the real world, that is the workplace. And Vibal is proud to announce that its impeccable lineup of General Education textbooks for college are all OBE-aligned.

All designed for testing that is outcomes-oriented, Vibal’s higher education textbooks allow greater opportunities for students to bring outputs that are of quality in and outside the classroom.

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About the author: Paul Baloja

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