DICT and ITU seek innovative ways to teach programming

The Coding Bootcamps were designed to introduce innovative ways of teaching and implementing coding/programming through an intensive format in a short period of time.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 17, 2016



The participants of the Coding Bootcamps jointly conducted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Credit: DICT

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)'s National ICT Competency Management (NCM) Service, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) jointly conducted two simultaneous Coding Bootcamps for operators and trainers on 24-28 October 2016 at the Lyceum of the Philippines University - Manila.

The Coding Bootcamps - an offshoot of the ICT Forum with academia by the DICT last September - were designed to introduce innovative ways of teaching and implementing coding/programming through an intensive format in a short period of time.

Twenty-two IT heads from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and private higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide attended the Operators Course which focused on operation and management processes, including curriculum development, teacher, venue, software requirements, and student selection qualifications.

While, 20 faculty members participated in the Trainers Course which focused on the bootcamp as an approach in teaching, the tools being used (specifically Ruby on Rails), learning and assessment strategy, portfolio preparation, and networking opportunities.

In line, participants discussed possible solutions on how to incorporate Coding Bootcamp in their respective universities like including it in the Research & Development (R&D) and Extension of the university, integrating it to a curriculum as a special programme or requirement to complete a major subject.

In a press release, Susan Schorr, Head of the Special Initiatives Division of ITU, underscored the rise of different ICT jobs since software development became a crucial aspect to other industries. Despite the demand, she said there are less people who have skills required to fill those jobs.

As such, she hopes that Coding Bootcamps would result to development of new business models for universities where there are technology and skills transfer especially to the youth and help them land decent jobs in the ICT sector. 

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