University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) celebrated its 22nd anniversary with the theme “UPOU@22: Leading in ODeL Within and Beyond.” This was held on 24 February 2017 at its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.
After critical reflection on its 21st year, UPOU upholds its position as the pioneer and leading institution in Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL) on its 22nd year. In the Philippines, the Open and Distance Learning Act (RA 10650) mandates UPOU to lead in assisting relevant agencies and institutions in developing distance education (DE) programs through capacity building programs and other initiatives. In the region, UPOU has extended its wingspan as President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) from 2017-2019. These positions provide UPOU more reasons to carry on with its mission of widening access to quality higher education.
The highlights of the event include:
Ground-breaking for Teaching and Learning Hub
Inauguration of the Multi-Purpose Hall
Service Awards and Wellness Activities
Launching of the UPOU Networks 3.0
Launching of the book entitled Conversations on Openness: An Engagement in Discourse Capture
The 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL2017), a biennial academic forum organized by the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), was a smashing success.
Held on 22-23 November 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Metro Manila, Philippines, 333 faculty members, researchers, administrators and policymakers from 123 higher education institutions (HEIs) participated and made the conference a huge success.
With the theme “Philippine Education in the Age of Openness,” NCODeL2017 treated its participants to three pre-conference workshops on instructional design, technology and data privacy in Open and Distance eLearning (ODeL); three plenary sessions on different aspects of ODeL featuring seven speakers who talked about Open Educational Practices, Country Cases on Open Education and the Philippine Initiatives in Open Education; four special sessions on on-demand issues revolving around ODeL – establishment, assessment, research and its dark side; and 50 research papers by 106 authors presented in four parallel sessions.
UPOU Commencement Exercises
UPOU held its 21st Commencement Exercises on 23 September 2017, at the Oblation Park, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna. Three hundred seventy-nine (379) UPOU students were granted with their degrees. This year’s graduates was led by two magna cum laude from the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies program and 25 recipients of Academic Awards — 9 were on the Chancellor’s List (those who got general weighted average (GWA) of 1.00 to 1.14) and 15 were on the Dean’s List (with a GWA of 1.15 to 1.24).
“I hope that in the future, we attempt to open and offer ourselves – our knowledge, abilities, and skills – to our country and even to the world – an actualization of Oblation’s selfless offering of oneself to humanity.” This was Mr. Ericson Peñalba, the top graduate of the Masters in Development Communication from the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS), reflecting upon the value and essence of ‘openness’ and how it allows achieving academic success.
2017 Bañamos Parade
UP Open University actively joins and supports the Bañamos Festival in Los Baños , Laguna. In 2017, UPOU was adjudged as the Most Colorful Delegation at the Bañamos Civic Parade held on 15 September as part of the week-long celebration of the 402nd Founding Anniversary of Los Baños and the 16th Bañamos Festival.
The Bañamos Civic Parade was participated in by more than 100 UPOU staff with fellow members from the Los Banos Science Community Foundation, Inc.; various government offices, people and private organizations, and schools, colleges and universities.
The theme of the celebration was “Mananatiling Matatag sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon.”
109th Founding Anniversary
UPOU celebrated World Wood Day 2017 on 20 June 2017, during the University of the Philippines’ (UP) 109th Founding Anniversary.
Following the World Wood Day 2017’s theme, “Roots (Ugat),” the celebration was done in three parts – a tree-planting activity; wood carving competition by carvers from Paete, Laguna, Betis and Guagua, Pampanga, Hunduan, Ifugao and Narra, Palawan; and a Wood Forum on “Tree Nurturing”. All these activities were held at Pook Ugnayan, UPOU Community Hub, UPOU, Los Baños, Laguna.
These events aimed to promote a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts; fostering regional participation in culture and arts; and expanding awareness and appreciation for the wood art in the host community.
As a full member institution, UPOU has actively participated in the 31st Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) held on 27-29 September 2017 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Universitas Terbuka (UT) in Indonesia hosted the conference, which was participated in by 300 participants from more than 30 countries.
Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, as the UPOU Chancellor and AAOU President, led the UPOU delegation composed of 37 personnel — 29 presented research papers while 8 attended as members of the AAOU secretariat and as conference participants. Two UPOU faculty members also won silver medals as 2017 AAOU Young Innovator Awardees.
As an institution with 62 member universities from all across Asia, AAOU conducted a research that looked into the quality of MOOCs and summarized what AAOU members understand as indicators of quality for MOOCs.
First-ever UPOU Campus Tour
Who wouldn’t remember the first-ever Campus Tour organized and conducted by UPOU on 09 August 2017? It was held in morning and afternoon batches at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Since UPOU delivers its instructions fully online and most of the interactions of UPOU students are done virtually, the campus tour provided a venue for students and alumni to get to know their university more by experiencing the campus physically, and meeting UPOU staff and faculty face-to-face.
One hundred three students representing 20 UPOU programs participated, including some students of Continuing Education Programs and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
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