TESDA Executive Director joins the lineup of speakers for the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL 2017) The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) spearheads the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL) which will be held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines from November 22-23, 2017. The event will feature lectures and workshops from inspiring, brilliant, and renowned practitioners from the field of open and distance e-learning (ODeL). One of the event speakers who will share her skills and knowledge from her years of experience in the field of eLearning in Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVIs) is Ms. Ma. Susan Dela Rama. Since 2012, she has been the project manager of eTESDA, an online program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which showcases open and distance learning through its online courses. Dela Rama also became the Executive Director of TESDA’s Planning Office from July 2011 to December 2013. Since 2014, she serves as the Executive Director of the TESDA Certification Office. Dela Rama earned her BA degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines Manila in 1980. In 1985, she finished her Master’s degree in Statistics in UP Diliman. Drawing from an impressive educational background, she honed her skills and knowledge by venturing into her fields of interest like strategic planning, program management, education, etc. Her expertise in ODeL, as reflected in the current span of her career, continues to create massive impact in the field. The NCODeL 2017 will serve as an avenue for learning and exchange of ideas regarding different topics related to open and distance learning such as open educational practices, technology in ODeL, quality assurance in ODeL, data privacy act in education and more. The speakers from varying institutions and ODeL practices would greatly contribute to the discussions of the relevant topics and their expertise will surely inspire and help all attendees in developing their cognizance and skills in open and distance learning.