University of the Philippines Open University
The University of the Philippines Open University (also referred to as UPOU, UP Open University, or UP OpenU) is a public research university and distance learning institution headquartered in the town of Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. It was established on February 23, 1995 as the fifth constituent university of the University of the Philippines System. Its mandate is to provide education opportunities to individuals aspiring for higher education and improved qualifications but were unable to take advantage of traditional modes of education because of personal and professional obligations. It is mandated by Republic Act No. 10650, also known as the Open and Distance Learning Act of 2014 to assist the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on their open distance learning functions.
|Motto||Honor and Excellence|
|Type||Distance learning institution|
|Established||February 23, 1995|
|Chancellor||Melinda dP. Bandalaria, PhD|
|President||Danilo L. Concepcion|
|Location||Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines|
|Hymn||"U.P. Naming Mahal" ("U.P. Beloved")|
|Colors||UP Maroon and UP Forest Green|
|Affiliations||ICDE, AAOU, PSDL|
UP OpenU provides quality higher and continuing education to Filipinos through the distance education system. Its mission is to give its students formal qualification, as well as to develop in them the discipline and capability to become lifelong learners who are at home in today's knowledge society.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has declared the UP OpenU as the National Center of Excellence in Open Learning and Distance Education in recognition of its achievements in this field and its vital role in pushing the frontiers of learning in service to the Filipino nation.
The U.P. Open University aims to:
- Offer through open and distance learning degree and non-degree programs that are responsive to the needs of learners and of the society of which they are a part;
- Develop a system of continuing education to sustain professional growth and promote lifelong learning;
- Develop and adapt delivery systems appropriate to distance learners;
- Provide leadership in the development of open learning and distance education expertise in the country and in the appropriate use of information and communication technologies of education; and
- Make instructional packages accessible to various publics through collaborative arrangements, institutional agreements, and other appropriate mechanisms.
Mode of Teaching & LearningEdit
The U.P. Open University delivers its programs and courses through distance education (DE). In this mode, teachers and learners are separated by time and space. Learners study in an independent self-learning style using specially designed learning materials and resources. Teaching and learning is mediated through the use of technology like print, audio, video, and the internet. Students interact with their instructors and each other through virtual classrooms, email, and web conferencing. The Open University also uses short-messaging system (SMS) for distance learning which in has become a subject of study by the Virtual University of Pakistan. Almost all UPOU courses are offered through online learning mode, making them accessible to learners from different parts of the country and the world.
Faculties of StudiesEdit
UP OpenU has three faculties of studies, each headed by a dean:
Faculty of Education (FEd)Edit
The Faculty of Education (FEd) covers the following range of areas of study: general education, alternative education, language and literacy education, science and mathematics teaching, social studies education, and distance education.
Faculty of Information & Communication Studies (FICS)Edit
FICS offers degree programs in communication, information systems, computer science, and multimedia studies.
Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS)Edit
FMDS offers a range of postgraduate programs in R&D management, environment and natural resources management, land valuation and management, public management, social work, nursing, hospital administration, and public health as well as non-formal programs in entrepreneurship, health, and land valuation.
The U.P. Open University offers the following degree programs:
- Associate in Arts
- Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies
- Bachelor of Education Studies
Graduate Certificate ProgramEdit
- Graduate Certificate in ASEAN Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Distance Education (within the Master of Distance Education)
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma ProgramsEdit
- Diploma in Social Work
- Diploma in Computer Science
- Diploma in International Health
- Diploma in Research and Development Management
- Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Management
- Diploma in Land Valuation and Management
- Diploma in Science Teaching
- Diploma in Math Teaching
- Diploma in Language and Literacy Education for Teachers
- Diploma in Social Studies Education
- Master of ASEAN Studies
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Development Communication
- Master of Distance Education
- Master of International Health
- Master of Land Valuation and Management
- Master of Public Health
- Master in Hospital Administration
- Master of Arts in Nursing
- Master of Public Management
- Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management
- Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Education
- Master of Arts in Social Studies Education
- Master of Information Systems
- Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Physics Education, Mathematics Education)
- Doctor of Communication
The U.P. Open University offers several non-formal courses and certificate programs. These are:
- Caring for the Special Child
- Caring for the Elderly
- Community Mental Health
- Health Research Methods
- New Enterprise Planning
- Online Teaching and Learning
- Organic Agriculture
- Personal Entrepreneurial Development
- Introduction to E-Commerce
- Professional Teaching Certification
- Simplified Accounting for Entrepreneurs
- Continuing Professional Education Program on Land Valuation
U.P. Open University HeadquartersEdit
The U.P. Open University Headquarters is located in Los Baños, Laguna, close to the International Rice Research Institute. Set against the picturesque view of Mount Makiling, its main administrative and annex buildings house the main offices,including the Office of the Chancellor (OC), the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (OVCFA), and the Faculties of Studies Offices. The Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium is also in this complex.
A major landmark in the UPOU Headquarters is the U.P. Open University Oblation sculpture that stands in the Oblation Plaza in front of the main building. It is a replica of National Artist Guillermo Tolentino's U.P. Oblation, which depicts a man facing upward with arms outstretched, symbolizing selfless offering of oneself to the country. UPOU’s Oblation stands on a pedestal with a ribbon-like flag swirling around the pedestal and the Oblation. This gives an effect of the flag lifting the Oblation into greater heights and gives it the boundless reach that is symbolic of UPOU's prime objective of widening access to UP quality education. It was designed and executed by University Artist and UPOU Chancellor Dr. Grace J. Alfonso in 2005. The UPOU Oblation statue also provides a stately background to the Oblation Plaza where the annual commencement exercises are held.
The University also maintains a satellite office at the National Computer Center Building in Diliman, Quezon City.
The U.P. Open University has several Learning Centers in strategic locations in the country. These Centers are the venues where students can conduct and seek advice on the following transactions, activities and procedures:
- application for admission
- student orientation
- distribution of course materials
- dropping of subjects
- filing leave of absence
- accessing library materials
- face-to-face tutorials (if available)
- tutorials on basic computer and internet literacy
Learning Centers are mostly located in other U.P. campuses and state universities in selected regions of the country.
To serve the student support needs of offshore students, the University has created the Virtual Learning Center, where all transactions and procedures are conducted and communicated online.
Contact information and announcements of each learning center such as schedule of exams are posted in their respective sites.
U.P. Open University conducts research in distance education (DE) and the disciplines it currently offers.
The University has spearheaded research in open and distance learning in the country. Its research in this area has delved into the following topics: DE learner profile, learning styles, and learner performance; online teaching and learning; virtual learning environments; computer-mediated collaborative learning; gender and distance education; pedagogical approaches in distance education; DE program evaluation; and management of DE.
In addition, the University has also pursued research in the following discipline-based areas: education, information and communication technology, multimedia, communication, organization and management, public policy, environment, health, and development studies. Many of these discipline-based studies have been externally funded.
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