In order to welcome new students of Universitas Indonesia (UI), batch of 2012, UI has already organized training activities which are called by Student Learning Orientation 2012 (Orientasi Belajar Mahasiswa/OBM). The training is intended that new students can prepare themselves to live the life course, especially in UI. The new students will acquire the skills needed in university such as Collaboration Learning (CL), Problem Based Learning (PBL), Learning Skills (LS), Information Literacy (IL) and Computer Mediated Learning-Information Technology (CML-IT). Those all are given in OBM.
OBM is gonna be held on December 6 to August 11, 2012 (for regular students) and August 27 to September 1, 2012 (for parallel students). For that, UI opened the registration for UI faculty, students, and alumni of UI to be a facilitator (either an instructor or assistant) to deliver content LS and CML-IT. In short, I registered my self as a facilitator of OBM LS. Actually, I had no experiences in teaching as a facilitator at OBM, but yeah I had been a teacher at some courses that focus on how senior high school students can understand chemistry, so this opportunity challenges me to get a lot of benefits (you see, it is not only about how many rupiahs I will get, but also about how I can adapt with new situations). After all, I used to wait for the announcement but it was so long, so actually I have ever forgot about this, until someday my friend, Reza, told me that I was accepted as a facilitator of OBM LS. The table below is a portion of earned facilitators (actually there were 4 classes, class A-D). You see, most of the facilitators are come from psychology students and I am paired with Ristiana Istiqomah (Nana) from psychology 2007.
The left is the facilitators and the right is the co-facilitators
Well, I just want to tell briefly who Nana is. So don’t judge me there is something, okay? Alright, Nana is a new friend I met through this event. She is smart, cute, and very easygoing. Even though, I guess, she is a kind of childish woman, but I am always feeling matched with her. She has graduated in 2011, and right now she is continuing her post graduate studies in the same faculty. And for this, she had experience to become a facilitator in OBM LS 2011.
OBM LS Facilitators Training has been conducted for 3 days (12-13 and 16 July 2012). On the other words, we had delivered about how facilitators speak properly in class, give instruction, deliver the theories in LS (critical thinking, communication, learning in university, how to learn and listen, etc.), share ice-breaking and energizing games, and so on. So, how about the trainers (I forget their names)? They just monitored us and gave us feedback of how we ought to have been. Sometimes, they divided us into per group to discuss the activities and let some of us perform in the class. Well, actually the training was like a simulation that a spouses of facilitator was teaching in class while other students were acting as new students. We also taught that there are certain conditions of the previous experiences of OBM LS which probably will inhibit the learning, so at least we have already known how to overcome those conditions, like some of new students don’t want to join with each other and so on.
Last Friday, on July 14, 2012, after learning a few of either theories or activities about to hear and to listen from the book given, Nana and I tried to demonstrate our skills in both of them. Well, actually I was nervous because that time was firstly I tried to teach in front of experienced people of OBM LS. Moreover I am not very good at social sciences, but I have prepared everything for the best, hopefully. Yeah indeed, I am very different with Nana, she is psychology student, that is why I am paired with her
Time flew fast. Last Monday (July 16, 2012) actually was the third meeting of the facilitators training at Faculty of Psychology, UI Depok. It means just waiting for “H-day.” Of course I’m gonna miss this atmosphere of class, the trainers, and the routines such as doing ice-breaker and energizer, sharing with other friends who have given me lots of inspirations in teaching, and also the food :p
However, I realized that we were learning, and everyone also made many mistakes in using teaching strategy or method, such as technical problem, lack of understanding theories, etc., and also from the mistakes we have made, we got lots of knowledge and suggestions. I hope we can teach better and get the spirit of the new students