Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Voltaire Mistades, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Voltaire Mistades is Associate Professor of the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. He has held the following administrative roles in the University: Vice Dean of the College of Science (2003-2006), Dean of Student Affairs (2006-2009), University Registrar (2013-2016), and Dean of the College of Education (2012-2013 and 2016-2018). He is currently the Director of the University's Core Curriculum. He obtained his M.S. Physics degree in 2001, doing work on conducting polymers. In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Science Education (major in Physics) working on a Substantive-Level Theory of Teaching Introductory Physics. His research interests include physics education, values education, technology in education, and teaching & learning in higher education. Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Information and Education Technology. A passionate educator, he is a Hall of Fame awardee for the Students' Search for Outstanding Teachers (SSOT) after being awarded Outstanding Teacher for three consecutive years. In 2019, the World Education Congress conferred on him the Education Leadership Award.

Speech Title: Action Research in the Time of Pandemic: Challenges, Opportunities, Insights, and Lessons Learned

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic challenged graduate students who are conducting their action research to adjust and modify their planned intervention and data gathering procedures to address the changes that the emergency remote teaching brought. In this presentation, we will paint a picture of the experience that the researchers went through while conducting their action research. In keeping with the spiral self-reflective process of action research, the acronym COIL is used to describe the challenges faced by the researchers, opportunities that were available, insights gained, and lessons learned during the research process.