Dr. Alexander G. Flor, Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), served as the plenary speaker during the 2018 International Asian Congress for Media and Communication (ACMC) Conference. With the theme “Examining the Socio-Political Economy of Communication,” the conference was held at the National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan on 27-29 October 2018.

In his plenary session titled “Beyond the Socio-Political Economy: Communication as a Pan Discipline,” Dean Flor explained that his talk was a humble attempt to take a wider view on communication. He related that “the impact of communication on our society’s politics and economy is a well-established phenomenon. And yet these sciences, except of course for education, are hesitant to embrace communication.”

He also discussed the meme, which according to him, is a basic unit of culture that can be compared to a virus. “An idea can spread from one mind to another in the same manner that a virus can spread from one body to another.” He then concluded his talk by underscoring that “It is up for us communication researchers and practitioners to study and engage in the study of memetics.”

During the open forum, Dean Flor pointed out that “Communication is a critical function of all living things; a critical function which leads us to grow… to evolve from current state to a perfect state.”

Dean Flor was the only Filipino plenary speaker in this conference. Other speakers were Dr. Yi-Ning Chen, Commissioner of Taiwan National Communication Commission and Dr. Nobuto Yamamoto, Professor of Keio University Japan. (Denielle M. Amoloza)

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JUST TODAY: DICT Mindanao Cluster 1 x UP Open University (UPOU) Webinar Program for Educators on Remote Teaching is among the 90 Champions for World Summit on Information Society Prizes 2021, a contest hosted by International Telecommunications Union.DICT and UPOU launched the training program in mid-2020 as a response to the drastic and necessary transition to digital of many activities including education. The 9-session series equipped 84,632 teachers (56,242 or 66% of whom were women) with various techniques for remote teaching.“The pandemic has disrupted education affecting millions of learners all over the world. Schools were forced to embrace remote learning to ensure that knowledge-sharing continues amidst the global fight against the COVID-19. Our cluster, DICT MC1, launched this project with the UP Open University to help the academe thrive in the new normal by maximizing ICT,” shared Director Maria Teresa Camba, Regional Director of DICT MC1.As DICT’s official partner for this endeavor, UPOU prepared the session plan and provided the experts and resource persons for the online seminar sessions free of charge. UPOU is the prime institution for providing online teaching and learning in the country. It has pioneered digital education and continues to play a leading role in the study and practice of open learning and distance education in the Philippines. “Working with DICT MC1 on this initiative was really a good opportunity for UPOU to broaden or widen the reach of our capability-building programs. This global recognition is an affirmation of the value and the impact of what we did. It inspires us to do more of this kind,” said UPOU Chancellor Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria.Over 1,270 projects from around the world were submitted for the 2021 run of the competition. 360 of these projects were nominated for the voting phase of the contest, including 3 other projects of DICT Mindanao Cluster 1 under Infrastructure, Cyber Security, and e-Government categories. Last year, DICT MC1’s Digital Hub was also recognized as Champion for WSIS Prizes 2020.WSIS Prizes is a global contest developed to create a platform to honor projects and activities that harness ICTs to advance sustainable development. 18 winners from the list of champions will be announced during the Awarding Ceremony scheduled on May 17-21, 2021. To check out other champion projects for the year, go to wsis.org/prizes.JUST TODAY: DICT x UPOU Webinar Program for Educators on Remote Teaching is among the 90 Champions for World Summit on Information Society Prizes 2021, a contest hosted by International Telecommunications Union.DICT and UPOU launched the training program in mid-2020 as a response to the drastic and necessary transition to digital of many activities including education. The 9-session series equipped 84,632 teachers (56,242 or 66% of whom were women) with various techniques for remote teaching.“The pandemic has disrupted education affecting millions of learners all over the world. Schools were forced to embrace remote learning to ensure that knowledge-sharing continues amidst the global fight against the COVID-19. Our cluster, DICT MC1, launched this project with the UP Open University to help the academe thrive in the new normal by maximizing ICT,” shared Director Maria Teresa Camba, Regional Director of DICT MC1.As DICT’s official partner for this endeavor, UPOU prepared the session plan and provided the experts and resource persons for the online seminar sessions free of charge. UPOU is the prime institution for providing online teaching and learning in the country. It has pioneered digital education and continues to play a leading role in the study and practice of open learning and distance education in the Philippines. “Working with DICT MC1 on this initiative was really a good opportunity for UPOU to broaden or widen the reach of our capability-building programs. This global recognition is an affirmation of the value and the impact of what we did. It inspires us to do more of this kind,” said UPOU Chancellor Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria.Over 1,270 projects from around the world were submitted for the 2021 run of the competition. 360 of these projects were nominated for the voting phase of the contest, including 3 other projects of DICT Mindanao Cluster 1 under Infrastructure, Cyber Security, and e-Government categories. Last year, DICT MC1’s Digital Hub was also recognized as Champion for WSIS Prizes 2020.WSIS Prizes is a global contest developed to create a platform to honor projects and activities that harness ICTs to advance sustainable development. 18 winners from the list of champions will be announced during the Awarding Ceremony scheduled on May 17-21, 2021. To check out other champion projects for the year, go to wsis.org/prizes. ... See MoreSee Less
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The University of the Philippines (UP), who takes part in the quincentennial celebration will bring to life some of the familiar persons involved that made history 500 years ago and beyond. This will be done in a unique contest, a cosplay competition.
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