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The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts for the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (NCODeL 2017) to September 15, 2017 to accommodate papers on open and distance learning from Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVIs), and other institutions and practitioners in the Philippines.

The theme of NCODeL 2017 is “Philippine Education in the Age of Openness. ” The three sub-themes, namely, Open Education Practices (OEP), Technology in Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) and Quality Assurance in ODeL, should be reflected on the abstracts for paper and panel proposals which should be submitted online through ncodel.upou.edu.ph. With a maximum of 350 words in English, the abstracts of the paper and panel proposals should be research-based and have not been presented nor currently for review in any other professional meetings.

As host and lead organizer of NCODeL 2017, UPOU invites all teachers, researchers, administrators, policymakers and practitioners who are doing and practicing or interested to do research and practice online learning, elearning and blended learning to participate in the conference on 22-23 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines. NCODeL 2017 aims to introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open learning and build upon the outcomes of the conference held two years ago by letting participants share experiences and best practices.

NCODeL 2017 is part of UPOU's effort to fulfill its mandate in RA 10650 (Open and Distance Learning Law) to promote open and distance learning in the country, in cooperation with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which have both endorsed the conference. Other organizers include the UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI) and the Philippine Society for Distance Learning, Inc (PSDL). More details about NCODeL 2017 is available at ncodel.upou.edu.ph.