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Seminar-Workshop on Visual Research Methods held in UPOU

Internationally recognized visual ethnographer, independent filmmaker and other researchers speak on video and other arts-based approaches in health research and education.


The UP Open University, through the Multimedia Center and the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, held a Seminar-Workshop on Visual Research Methods on 25-26 October 2012 at the Oblation Hall of UPOU in Los Baños, Laguna. This was organized in cooperation with the Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, Inc. (Foundation AWIT).

As part of the initiative for capacity building of faculty members in health and other disciplines, the seminar-workshop aimed to incorporate and improve the design of course materials and teaching methods of faculty members, students and staff members to include visual methods such as photos, films and videos for research, education, health and other development sectors. With this, visual methods can be applied and maximized in different fields of specialization.

Dr. Dinah Nadera, Director of the UPOU Multimedia Center and Program Chair for the Diploma/Master of International Health, facilitated the event and shared her experiences in using video and theater for health research and education.

The resource persons were Dr. Erminia Colucci, Lecturer and Research Program Coordinator at the Centre for International Mental Health, University of Melbourne; Ms. Alice Baroni from the University of Melbourne; UPOU student Ms. Ma. Riell Santos, and Ms. Mirana Medina, an independent advocacy filmmaker and editor of “Asiong Salonga”.

Dr. Colucci is a multi-awarded researcher in the ethno-cultural aspects of suicide and suicide prevention in different cultures, specifically in the Asia-Pacific. She stressed that art is a therapy and that sensory and art-based approaches can be the best and most meaningful way to reach a wider part of society.

Ms. Medina worked on and filmed the first ever translation of Jose Rizal’s poetry in sign language with the title “Mga Natatanging Tula ni Rizal sa Wikang Senyas,” which contributed to the understanding and empowering of persons with disabilities in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region.  (Criscelle Moya)




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