UPOU OSA to hold Graduate and Undergraduate Student Orientations

The University of the Philippines Open University Office of Student Affairs (UPOU-OSA), in coordination with the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) and Multimedia Center (MC), held a general student orientation on 10 September 2022 for degree programs following the semestral schedule. It premiered online via the UPOU website, UPOU Facebook page, and the UPOU Networks website. The student orientation aimed to provide the necessary information for studying via open and distance e-learning (ODeL) at UPOU, and allowed students to navigate through the adjustments of online learning, as well as know where to seek assistance when needed.    

 The 49-minute General Student Orientation started with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. The orientation then showcased welcome messages from UP President Danilo Concepcion and UPOU Chancellor Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria. Since UPOU is considered an online university, the orientation also had a virtual campus tour which allowed students to see the campus buildings, old and new, and the different offices that each building houses. They were also introduced to the organizational structure of UPOU, the various offices, along with its personnel.

In pursuit of providing quality online and distance education, students were also introduced to various support services that UPOU offer. It showcased the Student Orientation site which students may utilize to know more about UPOU and their degree program.  The UPOU Helpdesk was also discussed to help students forward their concerns to different offices where students may need assistance.

To formally conclude the ceremony, Office of Student Affairs Director, Dr. Ria Mae Borromeo, gave her closing remarks, sharing that “learning in the distance e-learning mode may be challenging but it can also be very fulfilling”. The orientation then ended with the singing of UP Naming Mahal.       

The said event was hosted by Mr. Eliezer Cabusas Toledo and Ms. Priiti Mae C. Bandril-Overos, graduate students from the Faculty of Management and Development Studies and Faculty of Education, respectively. Mr. Toledo is currently taking up a Graduate Certificate in Distance Education, while Ms. Bandril-Overos is currently taking up a Master of Distance Education degree.

Written by Betina Paula Cardenas

Edited by Myra C. Almodiel and Anna Cañas-Llamas

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