UPOU’s Flagship Programs in 2016-2019

1. @ccess

Target: To ensure the accessibility of UPOU’s formal programs

Performance indicators:
• Geographically dispersed student population (students in every province)
• Students from low-income families
• Students from IP communities
• Students who are PWDs

1. Promotion of UPOU programs in all regions and provinces
2. Expansion of scholarships and financial assistance
3. Bridge program to develop DE readiness and skills for success in distance learning
4. Universal accessibility of courses, including course materials
5. Admission policy review
6. Student support system

2. FLEx (Flexible Learning Experience)

Target: To provide multiple pathways through a UPOU education

Performance indicators:
• Multimodal course delivery
• Multiple entrances to and exits from UPOU’s programs
• Recognition and accreditation of prior learning

1. Institution of an independent learning track
2. Establishment of a system of recognition and accreditation of prior learning
3. Institution of exit degrees

3. InnovaTE (Innovative Teaching and Learning)

Target: To promote and adopt/adapt innovative technology-supported teaching methodologies in support of effective learning

Performance indicators:
• Innovative technology-supported teaching methodologies
• Enhanced capacity in effective online teaching among the faculty (FICs and tutors)
• Reduced attrition and improved graduation rates among students

1. Online teaching toolkit (Faculty Portal)
2. Faculty seminar-workshop series
3. Online teaching skills certification program
4. FIC and Tutor Congress

4. Saliksik

Target: To provide an enabling environment for improved ODeL research productivity and research and innovation in priority social development fields

Performance indicators:
• State of the art studies in ODeL
• Leading-edge policy and applied research in ODeL and priority disciplines
• High-impact academic publications (based on standard measures of impact per discipline)
• Research-based ODeL policy and practice within and beyond UPOU

1. ODeL State of the Art Project (Project 1)
2. Research Publication Project (Project 2)
3. Research Preparation Support Project (Project 3)
4. Analytical Tools Support Project (Project 4)

5. openUP

Target: To broaden access to continuing education and lifelong learning through the design and delivery of open online courses

Performance indicators:
• Massive enrolment in UPOU MOOCs
• Reduced attrition rates and high completion rates in UPOU MOOCs
• Improved transition rates from non-formal to formal courses through UPOU MOOCs

1. Design and development of (conventional) non-formal MOOCs
2. Design and development of MOOCs as entry points to, adjuncts to, or part of formal programs
3. Design, development, and testing of pedagogies and delivery systems for UPOU MOOCs


Target: To take a leadership role in the promotion of critical digital literacy nationwide

Performance indicators:
• A network of information hubs
• Collaboration with networks of digital literacy advocates and practitioners and communities of practice

1. Establishment of information hubs
2. Training programs in digital literacies (priority are marginalized sectors)
3. Improved digital library systems and services
4. Partnerships with telecommunications service providers, government agencies (DICT and DOST), local government units, and nongovernment organizations

7. UPOU Connected

Target: To promote public discussion of critical social issues, participate in social mobilization, and disseminate research results and knowledge products

Performance indicators:
• Multiple platforms for discussion of social issues and dissemination of research results and knowledge products
• Network/s of community media and information service providers

1. Enrichment of the UPOU Networks
2. Establishment of a low-cost, low-powered FM station
3. Use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc).
4. Contributing to UP TV

8. Mission RA10650

Target: To fulfill UPOU’s role, specified in Republic Act 10650 (the Open Distance Learning Act), of assisting the Commission on Higher Education and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and providing leadership in the implementation of open distance learning in the Philippines

Performance indicators:
• Network of ODL scholars and practitioners in the Philippines
• Adoption of best practices in ODL in higher education and technical education and skills development in the Philippines

1. Capacity building in ODL through the ODeL MOOC series for HEI faculty and NFE, ODeL webinar series, ODeL teaching certification, and ODeL OER repository
2. Establishing an ODeL community of practice through partnerships, collaborative projects, and national conferences in ODeL
3. ODeL program accreditation system

9. eFA 3.0

Target: To promote administrative productivity and efficiency

Performance indicators:
• Strategy-based optimization of available resources
• Improved coordination between units
• Lower cost of operations
• Flexible administrative processes

1. Use of digital technologies in financial and administrative transactions, including automation where applicable
2. Networked UPOU financial and administrative system
3. e-Monitoring of financial and administrative projects, programs, and processes

10. Care UPOU

Target: To ensure sustainable operations

Performance indicators:
• Reduced energy and water consumption and carbon emissions
• A solid waste management system
• Disaster preparedness
• e-Resilience

1. Green UPOU
2. Disaster risk reduction and management

11. TAYO

Target: To promote participatory governance and health and wellness within UPOU

Performance indicators:
• Optimal organizational and staffing pattern
• Collegial and collaborative decision-making
• Healthy work spaces and a healthy workforce

1. Organizational audit
2. Expansion of venues for socialization and collaboration
3. Wellness program

12. QAlidad

Target: To establish a QA culture within UPOU, and to promote and model QA in ODeL

Performance indicators:
• A relevant QA framework
• An effective QA system

1. QA audit
2. Development of a UPOU QA framework
3. UPOU QA system implementation