UPOU’s Free Online Courses will Train Teachers in Online Teaching

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitation of educational institutions to hold physical classes, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) continues its offering of free online courses to train teachers in Online Teaching. 

In fulfillment of RA 10650 (Open and Distance Learning Act), which mandates UPOU to assist national agencies and educational institutions in developing distance education programs,  UPOU has a special set of online courses and webinars offered free to the public. This will capacitate teachers, administrators, and support staff in using open and distance learning (ODeL) as an alternative to the customary classroom-based education.

While UPOU has been fulfilling the RA since its enactment in 2014, UPOU sees the need to level up given the current circumstances. The current crisis has led the country to realize the potentials of incorporating online learning and distance education as part of its education system. And even when the lockdown is lifted, online learning and remote teaching will no doubt be part of the “new normal” not just in higher education but including basic education as well.

UPOU’s free open and online courses for online teaching include

  1. Google Classroom and Course materials Conversion to Online Teaching
  2. Designing Learning in Online Teaching
  3. Virtual Classrooms
  4. Open Educational Resources for Online Teaching
  5. Assessment in Online Teaching
  6. Learner Support in Online Teaching
  7. Quality Assurance in Online Teaching

These courses are available at model.upou.edu.ph. Other free online courses on various areas are also available in this platform. Completers of the courses will receive a digital certificate.

All educational institutions who are resorting to elearning may avail of UPOU’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) for free. The courses are also open to anyone who is interested to learn more about ODeL. For more information, email model@upou.edu.ph.

Written by: Anna Canas-Llamas

Edited by: Melinda dP. Bandalaria


On June 5, 2020 (Friday), 12NN, Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, former Secretary of Health, Medical Volunteer at the Quezon Institute COVID-19 Community Isolation Facility, and Head of the Philippine Red Cross Biomolecular Laboratories, will talk about “Supportive Care for Mild Pneumonia in Community Isolation: The Quezon Institute Experience” at the 7th UP Stop COVID Deaths webinar series.

Interested parties can sign up for the next webinar at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar7.

This series of webinars is conducted by the University of the Philippines, in partnership with the National Telehealth Center and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, to promote the highest possible standards of care for COVID-19 patients and also to seek to protect the entire health system against COVID-19.
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