Distance education schools in the philippines
DepEd Encourages Public School Teachers to Enroll in UPOU Programs
The Department of Education, through Memorandum Nos. 202 and 230, encourages public school teachers to enroll in the University of the Philippines Open University’s (UPOU) teacher education programs. The memoranda signed by DepEd Officer-in-Charge and Undersecretary Ramon C. Bacani decree that “teachers who earned their diploma degrees from UPOU will be considered to be on equal terms with those who have earned their master’s degree from other institutions.”
The UPOU degree programs for teachers are Doctor of Philosophy in Education (majors in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics Education), Master of Arts in Education (Language Studies), Diploma in Mathematics, Diploma in Science Teaching, Diploma in Language Studies for Teachers, and Diploma in Social Studies Education.
One thousand six hundred six (1, 606) teachers have graduated from UPOU since 1997. Many of them benefited from the scholarship grants provided by the Department of Education and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute.
The distance education program of UP started from the project Science Teaching Using Distance Education (STUDE), which was later renamed Upgrading Science Teaching Using Distance Instruction (STUDI). The project, headed by Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina and who later became the first Chancellor of the UPOU, was created to develop a plan that will help upgrade the teaching capabilities of science and mathematics teachers all over the country.
In 1988, the Diploma in Science Teaching, the first degree program offered by distance education was instituted. Its first students were mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics teachers from Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, and Pangasinan.
Currently, UPOU offers a total of 22 degree programs and 9 nonformal courses. It is now acknowledged as the Cybercampus of the University of the Philippines. UPOU is also the Commission on Higher Education’s Center of Excellence in Open Learning and Distance Education and the Academic Focal Point for the Philippines under the ASEAN Virtual Institute of Science and Technology. (LA Gelisan, OC)
Philippine eLearning Society on the Rise
The PelS’ first general assembly held on July 30, 2003 at Bayview Park Hotel in Roxas Blvd., Manila was a kick off to the Society’s long term plans of promoting eLearning in the country. Twenty-nine participants, of whom a greater number came from Metro Manila, joined the said event. Dr. Benito Teehankee of the De la Salle University Professional Schools, Inc. welcomed the body and facilitated the assembly. Dr. Maria Lurenda Suplido of UP Open University then presented the draft of the Society’s constitution and by-laws for review. The body then approved the revised draft to be submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The meeting proceeded with the election of the 9-member board of trustees. The following were elected as board members: Dr. Benito Teehankee (President); Dr. Maria Lurenda Suplido (Vice-President); Ms. Eloisa Tinio (Secretary); Dr. Maria Celeste Gonzales (Treasurer); Mr. Jay Robert C. Fernandez (Auditor); Dr. Ricardo Robrigado (Trustee); Mr. Roland Diez (Trustee); Mr. Leo Querubin (Trustee), and CHED Commissioner, Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolina (Trustee).
Undersecretary Virgilio Pena, Executive Director of Information Technology and Ecommerce Council (ITECC), graced the said event.
eLearning on a Prism: Students’ Perception (Part I)
by: Roland Diez
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave inspired me to write about eLearning on a prism. In his story, Plato described a dark underground cave where a number of people are seated on one long row with their backs to the cave’s entrance. These people can only see the distant cave wall in front of them as they are chained to their chairs from an early age. Reality to them solely depends upon this limited view of the cave – a silhouette copy of the real world. Elearning is one of the realities analogously seen on the cave’s wall. Per se, It is not yet fully fathomed as it gears towards a certain direction, and spills its newness and versatility in this modern world. It is, indeed, like the lights reflected on a prism.
Few days ago, I conducted a descriptive survey on how my students perceive elearning: its advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few of the significant results that came out. First, eLearning is time-efficient as one need not go to school to study; hence, his learning process cannot be affected by traffic jam along the roads. Secondly, eLearning lessens dependency on teachers and allows learning process at his own pace; thus, learning becomes less taxing, and more appealing and enjoyable. One can never be scolded based on what he does, nor be graded by his teacher based on attitudes, appearances, or the teacher’s personal preferences. Thirdly, eLearning gives the student the option to select the kind of material appropriate to his level of knowledge and interest. As eLearning becomes more accessible, the individual student appreciates more the convenience of praxis learning set on global rather than localized ground. Rich knowledge will no longer be a privilege to the majority of people in highly urbanized places. Instead, this knowledge will become available, too to people in under-developed countries. (Part One)
High Court to pilot distance learning project for judges
THE SUPREME Court, in association with the Philippine Judicial Academy (PJA), will start pilot testing an electronic learning project for 200 judges nationwide as part of a shift to distance education among members of the judicial system.
The pilot test will start by the end of July and will involve the use of locally developed learning modules on electronic evidence and psychological incapacity.
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