Art Performer VS IT Professional

At my campus, in the main campus building garden, stand up a colorful stage. At this stage, nearly in each single afternoon, in each single business day, there will be held students’ performance. On the stage some of students were performing something like Ballet (Sendra tari, Bahasa Indonesia), theater, dance, yell or something else like that. equipping loud speaker, and loud music, make the stage glorious and crowded. The audiences were laughing and clapping when the performers were funny or doing fooling actions. Finally, in the end of their performance, some of lecturers as jury panel judge and comment their performance. If the students were lucky,  “all out” in their performance, and the most important thing is able to make lecturers happy, they will get Full Mark (100) for their performance means mark for the course they taken. Else, lecturer will give “spicy” comment, and absolutely they will get lower mark.

FYI, this glorious and crowded stages was happening, while other classes nearby the stage were ongoing. To tell you the truth, I always accidentally stop my office job when the stage is on going. I can not concentrate on my work disturbed by loud speaker and loud music, and I am not the only one, my other office mates as well. I can not imagine, how the students and lecturers in the class. I guarantee they can not focus on their class. My experience shows that it is very-very hard to handle class, when the stage is on going.

Can you guest what department my campus is?

Did you think it is Art and Theater department campus? if so, you are in a big mistake. It is truly happen in Information System Department, in Faculty of Information Technology Campus in which the students will graduate with Bachelor Degree in Computer Science (Sarjana Komputer, Bahasa Indonesia). Stage is intensively used as medium of learning in the odd semester for Interpersonal Skill  course ( 4 credit hours). In the even semester as well, stage is also intensively used for Information Technology Project Management course (6 credit hours) and Information Technology based Entrepreneurship course ( 3 credit hours ). Three absolutely different courses, but with the same approach i.e. on the stage.  Three absoultely different courses, but with the same lecturer. Coincidently, the lecturer is HOD.  Imagine ! there are at least 13 credit hours lecture on the theater stage, and there only 7 credit hours (algorithm and programming 1, and algorithm and programming 2) lecture on programming stage. I am sure, it is also not impossible there will be more credit hours lecture on the stage with the same ‘you know who’ lecturer.

In this note, I do not manage to blame anyone. I do not managed to blame any course or anything, I just want to write what in my head.  However, I think it is not wise, to judge something without knowing the reasons. Because, nothing happens without a reason, isn’t it? Let us see:

(1) Interpersonal Skill (4 credit hours)

The objective of this course is upon completion of this course  students have excellent ability in  team work, communicating, leadership, intra/inter personal, learning, writing, presentation and critical thinking skill.  To attain those objectives, most of  learning method is outdoor class and on the stage performance.

(2) Information Technology Project Management (6 credit hours)

The objective is upon completion of this course students have ability in managing IT Project including understanding project concept and framework, project planning, executing and handling IT Project.To attain some of these objectives  students are required to perform ballet. It is considered to be the most effective way to teach students how to develop solid team.

(3) Information Technology based Entrepreneurship ( 3 credit hours)

The objective  is upon completion of this course students dare and have ability to initiate, execute, spread, communicate, promote their IT based business. Since, entrepreneur must be passionate and has strong spirit and vitality, students are required to yell up and perform on the stage.

The question is:

Despite of whether this on the stage class disturbed other classes or not, is it (on the stage class method) the most effective and smartest method for above mentioned courses?

Regarding, this matter I am in line with what our Vice Dean 1 said.  Vice Dean 1 of Information Technology Faculty, one day, tell us:

“I am afraid, someday, exactly, the real competency alumni of Information System department is as art performer, or outbound trainer, neither business analyst, nor IT manager, nor IT Developer”.

He added this course, Interpersonal Skill, should not be a course, even  a course that cover 4 credits hours such as in Information System Department. A course with outbound model in each single week like this in his opinion is not effective, it will make students bored and finally can not grasped the essence of this course.

Lately, my campus concern in how to enhance student’s soft skill, and my HOD articulate it by forcing Interpersonal Skill course. Is it effective way to nurture student soft skill? In advance, I am one of those  strongly agree with this course. But, finally I don’t think so. I think it is not effective way to force students’ soft skill in 4 credit hours in one semester. The result is most of students are only mark oriented and did not get the soft skills expected. In my humble opinion soft skill can only be attained by long processes. This long process can be attain by students by joining extracurricular student activities, and student organization in which they are free to set their own way not disturbed by their damned lecturer. Sometime, a good education is education that free students. Actually, it has been responded by campus. Students can graduate from this campus, if only they can accumulate 1000 credit hours from extracurricular activities.

Distinctive  and unique methods/approaches  are good okay, but how to make sure that those new methods/approaches are running well? Can it be measured by measurement that set up by ourselves. I don’t think so. However, we can not judge some one in the process, right? We don’t know whether on the stage approaches that are boasted by our HOD will result a better graduate. Only God knows the future, even we do not know what will happen tomorrow. Let the time show the fact!

Now, I am talking the fact. This semester, I deliver a course in class whose  students just taken interpersonal skill course last semester with grade A (most of them). Ideally, they have skill above mentioned competencies for this course. For instance communication,  learning, presentation, writing, and critical thinking skill.  In my pinion, in my classes there is no one shows this competencies. When I ask them to deliver presentation in front of class, they are not confidently reading in front of class, not presenting.  When I ask them to pretend (role play)  as marketing team attracting the audience to by their product in front of class  they are talking to their own team, it looks they have no good communication skill. When I ask them to write scientific manuscript e.g. Practical Work report, most of them just “copy paste” not caring about citation ethics, and the most important thing is when I deliver lecture material in class, most of them are passive and ignorant  listeners, no one ask me showing their curiosity or even  criticizes what I deliver in front of class.  The worst case is when my teaching assistant deliver practical work material in Lab., the student is absolutely passive students. There is no feed back at all, even silly question from the  student.

So, can we conclude that Interpersonal Skill course is successful ? this question strengthen my opinion that soft skill is not effective deliver in one 4 credit hours course in one semester, but it should thorough long process and implicitly embedded in each course.

I am telling another fact here. I am a coordinator for Final Year Students who have interest in Decision Support System and Business Intelligence (DSS&BI) Lab. At the beginning of semester, many final year students come to office, discussing about their proposed final year project. Bellows are most-common discussion happen:

—-

Student :

Hello, Sir. I manage to enroll Final Year Project this semester and I am interested to Join DSS&BI lab. Do you have any idea that you think I can do it .

Me :

Okay, thank your for interesting join us at DSS &BI Lab. No,  have a look at our Lab. Research Road Map here !. Actually, There are many topics as shown here that may you interest in. It includes ……….

Student:

Oh, Sir. I am confuse.

Me :

It is Okay. But, now, please tell me what do you like most (may be subject do you like most), and dislike most !

Student:

Hmm, I am sorry Sir. I dont know What I like most is. But, I don’t Like Programming and I don’t like mathematical modelling.

Me :

Oh, what? May you are  misled joining DSS and BI Lab. Since you dont like programming and mathematical modelling, I  think it is better if you join Information System Planning  and Development Lab.

Student:

In advance, I think so, Sir. But, To tell you the truth, actually I don’t like dealing with “Him”. So, please, please help me Sir! I want to graduate this semester.

Me:

Okay, let me discuss with other lecturers and  contact you later.

I am deeply thinking, what happen with my students right now. I am new lecturer here, and the students are quietly different with us when we are students in the same place. I am worried, when Programming Course in this department  is shrinking, the number of above mentioned type  student is increasing.

Should they take “Doraemon Theather” as their Final Year Project?

I do hope it will not happen. Hopefully, It is only all about me that do not understand how the process of good education. Hopefully, It is only all about me that too stupid to understand the process of excellent education. Hopefully, It is only all about me that use too narrow and view in dealing with something that they called creative and smart breakthrough in education. Hopefully, it is only controversy at the beginning, and finally proven acceptable by everyone. Just like Moses and Nabi Khidir.

There are only one i.e.  the audacity of hope make me keep standing here. Since i know, educator is one of the most risky job. God, please give us the best for us.

*) it is just my very humble opinion. I believe there is no real truth in this world, but there is only real belief in this world.

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25 comments

  1. hahaha.. searching for identity. Truly this department is still a child, the head of department is too stubborn to listen to others’ opinions. In addition, it cares so much about the image of the department from outsiders.. but crumble inside.. *sigh*

  2. well..
    i guest this post would never printed and discused isn’t?

    khix3

    but it keep me wonder..
    if our vice dean doesn’t agree why does the programs still goes on..
    on my “interview” with the dartha vader*ahem* i mean the boss, there will be SIX more Course with similiar methods..
    and he gain such confidence, because there’s a support from “youknowthebloodywho” on the upper executive, and even Civil Engg.dept were up to assimilate his programs on their course *which i would prefer not to imagine*
    it is really does like that? that nobody’s oppose his program?

  3. hello mr,
    really i have a same feeling with you,
    worrying the future of IS student,
    what will they be?

    truly, if this courses, make them code faster and their creativity to be perfect, it’s okay and i will not complaint anymore but surely im doubt it 😀

  4. I do think so sir..
    Soft Skill can only be attained through the long process.. It can’t be done in just a few semester..
    In our institute we have so called LKMM, I think it’s the best way to teach soft skills for the students..

  5. agree with u sir..
    4 sks for communication its overkill..

    “in my classes there is no one shows this competencies”
    our (just only one) professor told that too,,he is very confuse why on the last 2 years the students GPA always high, and they feels worried about student competencies too…

  6. Interesting…I also thought that communication skill is not an instant learning. And despite of the process of learning, self development is also needed to attain a good and representative communication skill. Well, the future is not written on the stone. But I also concern about how you feel, sir. I hope there will be changes about how to improve soft skill method in our beloved IS. So cheer up sir, don’t be such a hag-ridden (gundah gulana) again. If a lecturer smiles, then the students will grin. But if a lecturer sad, then the students will cry.. ^_^

  7. Well I should say thanks for your attention earlier Sir, for what would we (as a students) to face after our graduation from the Department of Information System. And actually, I rather like the addition of art and team building course-like in our Departement Course, it’s like fun and release our stress after a week full of fatigue, stress because of doing the many tasks and ‘codingan-codingan’ we had done every day. Maybe Some of the lecturers and students must think, this course has nothing to do with the Information System. I also think so, but of course this is fun and allows me or other students may learn not to be a “Nerd” is just stuck behind a desk and a computer without knowing how to socialize with people around him. I was thinking, someone who has that knowledge will become a river that drains the properties of science to the people he has around him. We need to be a leaders who have high IT skills but able to wisely manage his/her team, became an IT analysis capable of identifying problems and solving problems quickly, but also able to identify who is he/her and what his function in the presence of his team and the surrounding community. Besides I just love having fun just he he he … let live is not “nonsense! or I should say “NGAWUR!!” in my language..

    MoMoNMaRu

  8. Whatever the method, it’s depend on the student. A wise student always will get the best result. You may say “student who taken interpersonal skill course have not competency”, and he may say ” student who taken ITIS did’nt understand about Inf Sys” because when he ask your ITIS student about value of IS in organizations, for example, your student can not asnwer.
    So in my humbled opinion :), the problem is not the method, but the student.
    But i agree that the sound of they performance disturb other class. They should keep quiet, and find place that have distance enough from class building. Sory and tq.

  9. softskill dan hardskill harus sama sama kuat, tidak ada yang lebih penting dari yang lain bukan.

    dan perlu digaris bawahi klo koding itu menurut saya adalah kemampuan DASAR yang mestinya melekat untuk setiap Sarjana Komputer apapun bahasa pemrogramannya entah itu Unix bash scripting atau enterprise frameworks.

    its just my humble opinion also 🙂

  10. I do think so sir. As a student, I can only get project management experience as a developer out of this course as far as I know rather than in this course. By the way, what else we can do to get our identity as Information System student?

  11. @mas wah : seriously!!! six more courses…it’s bloody hot stage…
    @mas kiki : setuju “dan perlu digaris bawahi klo koding itu menurut saya adalah kemampuan DASAR yang mestinya melekat untuk setiap Sarjana Komputer” !! gimana mau jadi IT manager yang mantap klo ngoding aj ndak bisa…dibohongin programmer mau??

  12. I hope that this writing will be viewed as a control mean with positive attitude (if he reads this). This is for the sake of the department and students. Please see from others’ perspective. Truly, I have seen from his perspective, but we need him to see in our perspective. By doing so, we will be balance and it will create mutual respects and understanding. So please (if he reads this) Don’t be so selfish, arrogant, ignorant. Do not act as manager, but act as a true leader. Do not runaway from problems, please solve them! Raise your values in our eyes!

  13. One more thing, tirulah Gus Dur yang akomodatif, fleksibel, humanis, penuh empati, mencintai keberagaman, selalu berjuang untuk apa yang diyakininya secara total.. hehehe 🙂

  14. Interesting topic, Sir! 😀
    Well, in my opinion, Interpersonal Skills is very2 important in our future. But, i think this InSki can’t be a lecture course. The scoring system in InSki course isn’t objectives, but subjectives. It makes some inequality because in ITS, we must to be an engineering people with objective-mind. So my conclusion is, I suggest we must increase some programming or analyzing course for usual lecture day (Monday-Thursday) and for Friday, we create some InSki training for all students and all students must follow it. Well, i hope my opinion will be helpful…

  15. true competencies (hard and softskills) will be gained thru workdays. Courses, school, college are just merely a ladder on how steep your “adaptation” curve at your career later (in my opinion). If u fail or got bad mark on that, u may got steeper ahead of you.
    I believe that everyone are capable of doing something, given time and that they are used to. all that matter is how long.
    I just can hope, that our beloved and disputed IS’ image were not getting worse with such an unnecessary and time consumin prformance on stages.,or with other activity geje yg lain, semoga.

    btw, for the one who wrote above, sounds like a fan of Gus Dur.. :p

  16. betul jarene mbah daru, jangan bersikap jadi manager,bersikaplah sbg seorang pemimimpin. kita cari jalan terbaik bagi jurusan kita, jangan saling mencemooh satu dgn yg lain..ingat kita juga dibesarjkan oleh jurusan ini …oke kalo beg..beg..begitu…sori nganggo boso kromo indo biasa katrok..cah ndeso mas..

  17. 10 thumbs up, sir!!!!! i do agree with you. Hello, it’s not IKS (Institut Kesenian Surabaya), it IS ITS (Institut Teknologi Sepuluh nopember), man!!
    but, i think, we need some refreshment sometimes, by watching this art performances, at least we forget about all those suffocating tasks…,

  18. wah wah wah suroboyo kok kisruh kie
    sik tak celuke menteri budaya dan pariwisata gawe cross and chek….wakakakaka

  19. Assalamu’laykum, sir..

    Whew! I think you’re always have a free speech right here.. LIKE THIS!

    Sometime I think if -you know who- read this, I can imagine some possibility.. hhahha, but it’ll always be in my mind, I think, since -you know who- may not knowing this post.. xixixi..

    My opinion: I 100% agree with you, sir.. I think, I’ll graduate with S.Kom. later (amiin), and that’ll be competencies to have.. Did “Sendratari” give such competencies? I don’t think so.. Truly, I can’t do syncrhonize with -you know who-‘s mind..

    Actually, I attend his course in MPTI this semester, and first time he showed the sillabus, I have a big question whether this kind of show will be a better method to learn MPTI since MPTI is INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT.. Is there anybody find the connection “Sendratari” in that words? Anybody? Nope!

    If I am a member of IT professional object, I don’t think that he isn’t.. May be he is a member of Art Performer object.. muahaha..

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