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The Great Learning Experience Project

27 Jun 2011 Leave a Comment

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In May 30, 2011, a Filipino and three Swedish scholars met to reflect on what is “a real, good learning experience“. The main idea was sparked by Lars Svensson. Dynamics of learning experiences were contemplated upon. The team arrived to come up with this experimental project to explore new educational practices and hopefully drive ways of designing and developing the future of learning activities.

This project invites academic members, students and faculty, of the De La Salle University of  the Philippines to participate in this GLE project. The GLE project is soliciting stories, experiences, opinions and ideas on what learning is, how a learner learns and what is a good learning experience captured in at the most, two-minute video. The learning experience may have taken place in a  formal surrounding of the  university or any informal setting including digital environment and social spaces.

The GLE Project encourages submission from individual students and/or group of learners. Teachers of DLSU are also invited to empower and encourage their students to participate.

Some Mechanics:

The 2-minute GLE video is to be uploaded in Youtube with the tags: GLE2011DLSU, and the branch such as Manila, Lipa, Bacolod, Iligan or Misamis. The GLE video will have to use English as the communication language.

This experiment will include content of the GLE videos submitted from July 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011.



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Titanic facts …, :)

Important Facts of Titanic

24 Jun

Some Interesting Facts on the Titanic: While the tragic sinking of the Titanic is still shocking and a bit unnerving, many of the Titanic facts are quite interesting.

* The ship was loaded with only enough lifeboats to hold half of the Titanic passengers. There were 20 of them with a total capacity of 1178 people.

* Some of the limited lifeboats were lowered to the waters only half-full.

* Further facts on the Titanic indicate that the ship received information earlier regarding the presence of ice floes in the vicinity, yet continued to speed full throttle ahead towards tragedy.

* Among the property reported as lost on the Titanic were over 3000 bags of mail and an automobile.

* Each first class passenger paid a whopping $4,350 for a parlor suite ticket and $150 for a berth ticket.

* The ship contained a heated swimming pool, a first for any sailing vessel.

* The ship was still so brand new when passengers boarded it on April 10, 1912 that the paint was still wet in some spots.

* Every stateroom contained electric lighting and heat.

* Of the 1517 people of perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered.

* The largest percentage of survivors came from first class passengers.

* Even though directions have been given for women and children to board the lifeboats first, a number of men were reported as survivors while a surprisingly large number of women and children perished in the disaster. Most of the women and children lost in the sinking came from second and third class.

* Sadly, Captain Smith had made plans to retire after seeing the Titanic safely across the Atlantic on her maiden voyage.

* It cost $7,500,000 to build the Titanic.

* It took three years to fully construct the ship.

* Among the provisions when the Titanic set sail in Southampton, England were 40,000 eggs, 75,000 pounds of fresh meat and 1,000 bottles of wine.

* The Titanic’s total capacity was 3547 passengers + crew.

* The Titanic’s weight fully loaded was 46,328 tons.

* The Titanic was 882 feet/268 meters long.

* There were 29 boilers on board of the ship.

* The ship consumed 825 tons of coal in one day.

* The top speed of the Titanic was 23 knots.

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Photo: hermi/iStock 1. I’m married and exhausted. Sex or sleep?
“Both,” says Paul Glovinsky, PhD, co-author of The Insomnia Answer. “It’s not just a question of sex but of timing. Often, women are stimulated by sex and can’t sleep afterward.” Which, as you know, means he crashes like a mighty oak while you lie awake and fume. “If you can time things to coincide with the time of day when you’re at peak energy, your sex life will be significantly more satisfying.” (Remember sex in the morning? Weekend naptime?) And speaking of time, Linda Young, PhD, a Washington-based therapist who specializes in helping women foster healthy relationships, adds this: “The average encounter is only around 20 minutes, so ask yourself why you’re hesitant. Your resistance might be a reflection of your lack of satisfaction with the sex.” Or your fear of intimacy, your performance anxiety, your anger about something else in the relationship—the point being that sexual unhappiness can be a shield for many other types of issues.

2. My clock is ticking. Settle for the guy I care about, or hold out for The One, who may never show up?
Do. Not. Settle. “Both of you—not to mention the children you might have—may pay the price of a fractured relationship later,” says psychotherapist Ken Page, founder of the dating workshop Deeper Dating. Marrying Mr. Almost The One is, on the other hand, perfectly admissible. “If someone is your match in 75 to 85 percent of the things that are important to you—values, character strengths, how he treats other people, emotional fitness—that’s not settling,” says Young. “But it’s up to you to infuse ‘good enough’ with energy and passion so that it becomes fantastic. And chemistry counts; you need to be attracted to each other.”

3. I’ve met a great guy. He never calls. Should I call him?
“It’s 2008. You can call,” says Steve Santagati, author of The MANual and resident expert at AskSteveSantagati.com. Still, Santagati urges you not to put the guy on the spot. “Let him initiate plans. You can just say hello to open the lines of communication, and he might hear something in the phone call that he didn’t get the first time you met.” The way he responds will tell you whether you have a future together.

4. He’s married, but he says he’s not happy and it’s ending. I should stay away, right?
Run as though you’re fleeing a burning house. Which, in fact, you are. “He’s already showing you he hasn’t put enough distance between himself and his problematic relationship,” says Young. “If you get involved, he’s going to subject you to all his issues, and you’re going to be a wonderful dumping ground.”

5. When, if ever, is it a good idea to try again with a guy whose heart you’ve already broken?
About as often as pigs fly. “Usually, you can’t go backward,” says Manhattan-based matchmaker Janis Spindel. “It’s a case-by-case scenario, but statistics show that it doesn’t usually work.” The case where it might work: when the failure was unrelated to your attraction or personalities but caused by outside circumstances—say, one of you was going through a family tragedy, or you were transferred to another city. Absent such extenuating circumstances, analyze what went wrong the first time, assume a similar dynamic will arise again, and then determine whether that dynamic is feasible in your current life.

6. I love my partner, but the sex is underwhelming. Stay the course or go?
Neither. Instead, you’re going to do the hardest thing you’ve ever done. “Think about the things that turn you on in the deepest ways, the things that make you feel most loved and cared for,” says Page. “What kind of touch? What words? What kind of pacing makes you feel the most affection for your partner? Tell each other, no matter how wild or tame your desires might seem. When the two of you are unafraid to be naughty and vulnerable together, the experience can be amazing.” Sex thrives on risk and surrender, and you’re probably missing one or both.

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June 27, 2011

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

—  Albert Schweitzer

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I was in my early thirties when I first began to question my calling, teaching at a university and doing it reasonably well. But I felt stifled by the confines of academic life. A small voice inside was calling me toward something unknown and risky, yet more congruent with my own truth. I couldn’t tell, however, whether the voice was trustworthy, whether this truer life I sensed stirring within me was real or within reach.

Then I ran across the old Quaker saying “Let your life speak.” I found the words encouraging, and I thought I understood what they meant: “Let the loftiest truths and values guide you. Live up to those demanding standards in everything you do.” I believed I was being exhorted to live a life of high purpose, as did Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Clinging fearfully to my academic job even though it was a bad fit, I tried to teach the way I imagined my heroes would. The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque, as when I caught myself preaching to students instead of teaching them. I had simply found a “noble” way to live a false life, imitating my heroes instead of listening to my heart. Vocation the way I was seeking it, had become a grim act of will.

Today, some 30 years later, I’ve found deep joy in my vocation as a writer, traveling teacher, and activist. And “Let your life speak” means something different to me now. Vocation, I’ve learned, doesn’t come from willfulness. It comes from listening. That insight is hidden in the word vocation itself, which is rooted in the Latin for “voice.” Before I tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen for what my life wants to do with me.

I’ve come to understand vocation not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received—the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation doesn’t come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I’m not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be.

Accepting this birthright gift of self turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else. I’ve sometimes responded to that demand by ignoring the gift or hiding it or fleeing from it, and I don’t think I’m alone. An old Hasidic tale reveals both the universal tendency to want to be someone else and the importance of becoming one’s self: Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me, ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?'”

When we lose track of our true self, how can we pick up the trail? Our lives speak through our actions and reactions, our intuitions and instincts, our feelings and bodily states, perhaps more profoundly than through words. If we can learn to read our own responses, we’ll receive the guidance we need to live more authentic lives. The soul speaks only under quiet, inviting, and safe conditions. If we take some time to sit silently listening, the soul will tell us the truth about ourselves—the full, messy truth. An often ignored dimension of the quest for wholeness is the need to embrace what we dislike about ourselves as well as what we’re proud of, our liabilities as well as our strengths.

We can learn as much about who we are from our limits as from our potentials. For years I thought that becoming a college president was the right thing to do with my life, despite the fact that I’m too thin-skinned for the job. But when I embraced this limitation and found work where thin skin—let’s call it sensitivity—is an asset, not a liability, the fact that I’d never become a college president no longer felt like a failing. Instead it felt like a homecoming, a return to my true self, full of peace and joy.

We can move toward such homecomings by seeking clues to vacation in childhood memories. When I was a boy, I spent hours putting together little books on how airplanes fly. For a long time I thought that meant I wanted to be a pilot. But a few years ago, I saw that what I’d really wanted all along was to write books.

Our highest calling is to grow into our own authentic selfhood, whether or not it conforms to some image of what others think we ought to be. In doing so, we find not only the joy that every human being seeks but also our path of authentic service in the world. True vocation joins self and service, says theologian Frederick Beuchner, who defines vocation as “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”

The world’s deep needs are met daily not only by caring doctors and inspiring teachers but by good parents, good plumbers, good hairdressers, good friends. And as all those people know, the gladness of authentic vocation is always laced with pain. Ask any parent suffering through the travails of her child’s teenage years.

But the pain that comes from doing the right job well and the pain that tells us we’re on the wrong track are different—and the soul knows the difference. When we’re on the wrong track, the soul feels violated and abused and cries out for change. But when we suffer from doing the right job well, the soul still feels fulfilled, because it knows how to take this kind of suffering and use it to make meaning and extend the heart’s reach.

This emphasis on self and gladness has nothing to do with selfishness. The Quaker writer Douglas Steere said that the ancient human question “Who am I?” leads inevitably to the equally important question “Whose am I?” since there is not selfhood outside of relationship.

When we answer the “Who am I?” question as honestly as we can, we will be more authentically connected to the community around us and will serve more faithfully the people whose lives we touch—for the gift of self is, finally, the only gift we have to give.


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“To understand forgiveness, you must first understand what forgiveness is not,” psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell says in his book Dare to Forgive. He explains it isn’t about turning your cheek to someone or running away from the problem. It’s not about condoning what the person has done or that you won’t defend yourself.


Pain and Hurt

Dr. Hallowell says the first step to forgiveness is acknowledging what happened.

  • Talk to someone you trust and open up about how hurt, sad or angry you may feel. Let your emotions out, and don’t apologize for them.
  • Don’t withdraw or isolate yourself. Stay connected and feel the pain, even though it hurts. With someone there to listen, the pain is more bearable.

Reliving and Reflecting

Once you’ve had the chance to vent, you are ready to appeal to your rational side, Dr. Hallowell says.

  • Ask yourself: What do you want this pain to turn into?
  • Look for the hook. The hook is what is holding you back—it’s the portion of the misdeed that is causing you to hold on to your anger and resentment.
  • Empathize with the person who hurt you.
  • Remember that forgiveness is not the service of condoning. It’s a service to yourself—free yourself from the poison of hatred.

Working It Out

Dr. Hallowell says this step is difficult, but you need to analyze your anger and put your life back into perspective.

  • Flatten the hook (what’s holding you back) and rid yourself of the anger that is keeping you from forgiveness. Praying and mediating can help.
  • Take inventory and give thanks for all the things you do have.
  • You can imagine vengeance—just don’t act on it.
  • Think of your future. Know that you and your loved ones will be better off once you have rid yourself of any vengeful thinking.

Renounce Your Anger and Resentment

Dr. Hallowell uses the word “renounce” because your resentful feelings may never permanently go away.

  • Acknowledge that your anger can come back.
  • If your anger does comes back, go through the process again and flatten the hook to keep moving forward.
  • Try to teach others the skill of forgiveness in an empathetic way

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