UPOU’s free open online courses to aid universities  to prepare amidst threats of COVID-19

UPOU’s free open online courses to aid universities to prepare amidst threats of COVID-19

As the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to spread globally and with the alert level raised to code red sub-level 1” by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), many of the crucial matters in life need to be rethought and rearranged. This includes not just work arrangements, but education as well. One option that is gaining rapid popularity is to maximize the use of the internet which allows the employees to work from home, and educational institutions to take advantage of online learning. 

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), the country’s leader in online learning and distance education, has the perfect solution to help universities and colleges offer their courses online. UPOU developed a special set of five courses to capacitate teachers, administrators, and support staff in using open and distance elearning (ODeL) as an alternative to classroom-based education.  These include

  1. Designing Learning in ODeL 
  2. Content Development for ODeL
  3. Assessment of Learning in ODeL
  4. Teaching and Learning with Modern ICTs
  5. Technologies in ODeL

These courses are available from 10 March to 18 April 2020 on model.upou.edu.ph. 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. No admission requirement is necessary

For more information, email [email protected].


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