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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.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) was adjudged as the Most Colorful Delegation at the 2017 Bañamos Civic Parade. Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director of the Information Office and the Multimedia Center, and Asst. Prof. Aurora Lacaste, the University Registrar, led the more than 100 men and women UPOU delegation.

The parade held on 15 September 2017, was one of the activities held for the week-long celebration of the 402nd Founding Anniversary of Los Baños and the 16th Bañamos Festival. The theme of the celebration was “Mananatiling Matatag sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon.” The Bañamos Civic Parade was participated in by UPOU's fellow members from the Los Banos Science Community Foundation, Inc.; various government offices, people and private organizations, and schools, colleges and universities. The foot parade started at 6:00 AM from Olivarez Plaza in Bgy. Batong Malake and headed towards Paciano Rizal Park in Brgy. Baybayin. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) shall hold its 21st Commencement Exercises on 23 September 2017, at the Oblation Park, UP Open University , Los Baños, Laguna. Three hundred seventy-nine (379) UPOU students shall be conferred with their degrees:

Undergraduate degree programs- 71
Graduate certificate - 10
Graduate diploma programs - 166
Master's degree programs - 121
PhD programs - 11

The highest number of graduates belongs to Diploma in Language and Literacy Education and Diploma in International Health programs.

This year's graduates will be led by two magna cum laude from the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies program and 25 recipients of Academic Awards -- 9 are on the Chancellor’s List (those who got general weighted average (GWA) of 1.00 to 1.14) and 15 are on the Dean’s List (with a GWA of 1.15 to 1.24).

The commencement speaker for this year is the newly appointed President of the University of the Philippines System, Atty. Danilo Concepcion. President “Danicon,”as he is more fondly known in UP, is a law practitioner and professor, bar reviewer, and a radio and TV personality. As the 21st UP President, he highlights the redefinition of UP’s traditional culture of honor and excellence to include compassion, or “Husay, Dangal at Malasakit.” This puts more emphasis on UP’s service to the country.

President Danicon was the Dean of the UP College of Law before being appointed on 09 February 2017 as President of the national and premier state university of the Philippines. He earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of London as a Chevening Scholar of the United Kingdom government, graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from UP Diliman, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering degree from De La Salle Araneta University. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

To cater to more participants, the deadline for sending abstracts for the upcoming 5th National Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (NCODeL 2017) has been moved to 30 September 2017.

NCODEL 2017, carrying the theme “Philippine Education in the Age of Openness,” shall provide the participants with a better understanding of the concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open learning and distance eLearning (ODeL). It will be held on 22-23 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), the organizer of NCODeL 2017, encourages faculty members, administrators, policy makers, researchers, and other employees of higher education institutions (HEIs) and Technical and Vocational Institutions (TVIs) to participate and share their experiences and best practices in the delivery of courses through open and distance e-learning (ODeL).

The Commission on Higher Education grants conference fellowships to HEI personnels who shall participate in NCODEL 2017. Application to the CHED Conference Fellowship will be accepted until 15 October 2017. To know more about this fellowship, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0977-272-1937 or 0918-422-8070.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of another enriching and engaging conference on ODeL. ODeL experts from the region will share their knowledge, experiences, and practice in the field. For details on NCODeL 2017, visit ncodel.upou.edu.ph, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (049) 536-6001 to 06 local 710, 220 or 831.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) will be hosting the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (NCODeL 2017) on 22-23 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines. UPOU has invited the country’s leading experts in Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL) as part of its line-up of speakers. One of the seven plenary speakers to share topics on the conference’s theme “Philippine Education in the Age of Openness” is Dr. Patricia B. Arinto who will speak about Open Educational Practices (OEP).

Dr. Arinto is the Faculty Regent of the University of the Philippines and the former Dean of the UPOU Faculty of Education. She holds a Doctor in Education degree from the Institute of Education, University of London and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Her Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts are from UP.

Dr. Arinto is an expert in distance education, learning design, and teacher professional development in technology-supported learning, where she has published several book chapters and journal articles. Her research involvement and external work included being the Team Leader for the Technology-supported Teacher Professional Development in Early Literacy Instruction; Theme Adviser for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the Digital Learning for Development (DL4D); Deputy Principal Investigator of Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project of International Development Research Centre (IDRC); Project Leader and Principal Investigator of an Australian Government-funded study on the use of tablet computers in public secondary schools in the Philippines.

Dr. Arinto will be joined by other experts in ODeL at the NCODeL 2017, and invitation is still open for faculty, administrators, policy makers and other employees of all higher education institutions in the country to participate in this event. Submission of abstracts for paper and poster presentation is open until 30 September 2017 and participants may register at an early bird rate until 15 October 2017. More details are available at ncodel.upou.edu.ph. Questions may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Philippine Education in the Age of Openness” will be the overarching theme of the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL). The two-day event will be joined by a passel of local and international participants who will share concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open and distance elearning (ODeL). This year’s conference aims to build upon the outcomes of the conference held in 2015.

One of the plenary speakers during the conference is Dr. Alyani Binti Ismail, the current chair of Malaysia Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Working Committee. She is also currently the head of Wireless Communication Engineering Laboratory and coordinator for Franchise Program of Diploma in Multimedia Technology Engineering in the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She also currently works as a senior lecturer, postgraduate coordinator, and academic coordinator in the Faculty of the Engineering of the same university.

Dr. Ismail earned her PhD in Electronics Engineering at University of Birmingham in United Kingdom. Dr. Ismail is also an accomplished researcher. Her area of specialties and research themes include microwave passive filters and antennas, dielectric properties of materials for microwave applications, engineering education, Outcome Based Education (OBE), project based learning, and Islamic approach to engineering education. Her leadership ushered different research projects about low loss micro-machined microwave transmission line and filters for RF MEMS application and design of a multi-standard base band digital transceiver using Software Defined Radio (SDR). In 2008, she also obtained a patent for her research product, Ultra-Wide Bandpass Filter.

NCODeL serves as a forum for administrators, teachers, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to learn from each other as they explore spaces and possibilities for ODeL for development. Dr. Ismail will be taking part in the NCODeL 2017 conference which will run from 22-23 November 2017 at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) together with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), UPOU Foundation, Inc. (UPOUFI), and the Philippine Society for Distance Learning, Inc. (PSDL) will host the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODEL) on 22-23 November 2017. The conference will offer a comprehensive forum on Philippine education in the age of openness as well as introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open learning. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines.

The two-day event includes seven plenary speakers for three plenary sessions from different institutions in the country and abroad. Announced as part of the line-up of plenary speakers is Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of UP Open University, and President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) who will speak during the 3rd plenary session to discuss Open Education: Philippine Initiatives (MOOCs and OERs).

Dr. Bandalaria will bring her expertise and experiences from her 21 years of academic leadership in an open and distance e-learning institution. Her career in the academe includes starting as an Assistant Dean for the School for Distance Education in Los Baños and eventually becoming a professor for development communication and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) in UPOU. She has held administrative posts in the same institution such as Director for the Office of Students Administration and the University Registrar. Dr. Bandalaria is a staunch advocate of democratizing access to quality education for the vulnerable sectors of the society which led to numerous public service works and researches which aim to serve lifelong learners by enabling their socio-economic transformation, and contribute to the country’s progress and to the sustainable development goals.

Dr. Bandalaria finished her studies in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Major in Agronomy at the University of the Philippines Los Baños where she also received her Master of Science and PhD degree in Development Communication.

Other distinguished plenary speakers who will be joining Dr. Bandalaria in the 3rd plenary session are Director Ma. Susan P. Dela Rama, Executive Director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Atty. Michael Vernon Guerrero from the Arellano University School of Law. This plenary session comes after other sessions on Open Educational Practices and Open Education: Country Cases.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted funding for Conference Fellowship to the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance e-Learning (NCODeL 2017) on 22-23 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria, Manila, Philippines.

The CHED Conference Fellowship is open to all faculty members, administrators, policy makers, researchers and other employees of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Philippines. Application for the fellowship requires a duly accomplished application form, signed by both the applicant and the head of the institution, and submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to (049) 536-6013 on or before 15 October 2017.

With the theme “Philippine Higher Education in the Age of Openness,” NCODeL 2017 will comprehensively tackle the concepts, principles, and methodologies of and recent trends in open learning through seven plenary speakers who are known experts in the field. It also aims to build upon the outcomes of the conference held in 2015. This two-day conference is part of UP Open University's (UPOU) fulfillment of its mandate to promote open and distance learning in the Philippines as stated in RA 10650 (Open and Distance Learning Law or ODL Law). UPOU implements the ODL Law with CHED and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which also co-organizes the conference with the UPOU Foundation, Inc (UPOUFI), and the Philippine Society for Distance Learning (PSDL).

To know more about NCODeL 2017 or the CHED Conference Fellowship, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone numbers (049) 536-6001 to 06 local 710, 220 or 831 and mobile numbers 0977-272-1937 or 0918-422-8070.

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) and President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), talked about the imperatives, status, and challenges of open education in Asia as an invited speaker at the e-Learning Korea 2017 Conference held at Coex, Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the said conference held from 30 to 31 August 2017 was “e-Learning: Happy Encounter with New Technology.”

Chancellor Bandalaria discussed “The Paris Message” which argues that funding is crucial to achieve online, open and flexible systems that will deliver quality higher education, student success, improved capacity, and cost-effective pathways to learnings. In line with this, she also emphasized the United Nations (UN) Education Agenda 2030 or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4 that proposes inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. She also included the forecasted needs of education in Asia and regional cooperation for quality education/regional competitiveness.

Chancellor Bandalaria also discussed Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER) as part of open education in Asia. Lastly, Chancellor Bandalaria enumerated sustainability/business models for MOOCs; recognition of certificates of MOOC completion; student engagement and persistence in MOOCs; lack of an accepted QA Framework for MOOCs and OERs; designing teaching presence into the course; digital exclusion in Asian countries; and intellectual property mindset/culture as challenges that open education in Asia currently face.

Chancellor Bandalaria was invited to the conference by the ASEAN Cyber University (ACU) Project. The ACU Project aims to expand higher education opportunities in ASEAN and strengthen the relationship between the Republic of Korea and ASEAN universities. ACU also offers e-Learning courses and educational resources through open platforms and Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Other attendees from UPOU were Dr. Melinda Lumanta, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Joane V. Serrano, Director of Information Office/Multimedia Center; and Ms. Margaret J. Suarez, University Researcher. (Jan Pauline Borce)

Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of FMDS-REC and D/MIH Programs, facilitates Ethics Committee’s 2nd workshop in preparation for the UPOU-IRB accreditation to DOST-PHREB

The UPOU Faculty of Management and Development Studies-Research Ethics Committee (FMDS-REC) conducted its 2nd training workshop on 24-25 August 2017 in preparation for the University of the Philippines Open University’s Institutional Review Board (UPOU-IRB) accreditation to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (DOST-PHREB).

In the first workshop conducted last November 2016, it was suggested to make the accreditation university-wide and not only for the FMDS. The creation of a fully-accredited IRB is in line with UPOU’s thrust to ensure that the research conducted by its students and academic staff protects the rights of its human participants, the research activities undertaken are ethically sound, and the research is done in a way that serves the interest of society as a whole.

During the two-day activity, a writing workshop was done for the finalization of the ethics’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual. The SOP manual was initially consolidated by Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Chair of the FMDS-REC and the Diploma in/Master of International Health (D/MIH) Programs; and Ms. Jelaine Bagos, Research Assistant of the D/MIH Programs, and was revised during the first write-shop. Among the topics discussed in the SOP manual are as follows: (1) Selection and appointment of Members; (2) Management of initial submissions and resubmissions; (3) Review of progress, final, and early termination reports and protocol amendments; (4) Expedited review; (5) Full review; (6) Preparing for a meeting; (7) Communicating REC decisions; (8) Managing active files; and (9) Archiving of terminated, inactive, or completed files.

As agreed in the workshop, a Round Table Discussion will follow on 23 October 2017 to finalize the organizational chart and additional policies and guidelines needed for the accreditation.

Present during the activity were Dr. Melinda Lumanta, UPOU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and UPOU Research and Publication Committee (RPC) Chair; Asst. Prof. Oruga; Ms. Alvie Simonette Alip, UPOU RPC Member; Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, Dean of the Faculty of Education (FEd); Dr. Sheila Bonito, FMDS-REC Vice Chair; Ms. Bettina Evio, FMDS-REC Member (External); Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos, FMDS Secretary to the Faculty; Asst. Prof. Queenie Ridulme, FMDS-RPC Member, FMDS-REC Member and MAN Program Chair; Ms. Bagos; and Ms. Louise Villanueva, Research Assistant at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA). (JRBagos)

The UP Open University (UPOU) Research Conversations featured Dr. Sheila R. Bonito, Director of the UPOU Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS), on 18 August 2017. Dr. Bonito talked about Innovative Teaching and Learning or InnovaTE, one of UPOU’s flagship programs, which promotes the adoption or adaption of innovative technology-supported teaching methodologies in support of effective learning. Dr. Bonito stated that the performance indicators for InnovaTE are innovative technology-supported teaching methodologies; enhanced capacity in effective online teaching among the faculty; and reduced attrition and improved graduation rates among students. Its initial components consist of online teaching toolkit available in the Faculty Portal website; faculty seminar-workshop/webinar series; online teaching skills certification program; and FIC and Tutor Congress.

Dr. Bonito explained that the Faculty Portal will house modules and Open Educational Resources (OERs) as part of UPOU’s effort to collate, organize, and present available content. However, at the moment, only modules for course authors are available and can already be retrieved at faculty.icodel.org. Webinars and workshops on open educational practices (OEP), OER in Education, the extent of use of OER in UPOU, and OER in Health have already been conducted with other topics in the pipeline. These webinars are available for viewing at networks.upou.edu.ph, UPOU’s online repository of OERs. Dr. Bonito also provided the following websites as resources for more OERs and open education studies - roer4d.org and oerhub.net.

Dr. Bonito called for continued research on open education and OERs and for other research topic suggestions. The audience also raised concerns on how can resources such as student theses repository and data sets be open when existing policies like the Data Privacy Act limit practitioners to make their work available to the public. This is very relevant to UP especially that OERs can be considered as public service to public and private schools that are in need of help to improve their teaching methods and learning outcomes. (Ma. Rosette B. San Buenaventura )