The Department of Education, through
Memorandum Nos. 202 and 230, encourages public school
teachers to enroll in the University of the Philippines
Open Universitys (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 masters degree from other
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
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
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
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
Educations 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)
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).
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)
comments, or write-ups, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. http://www.elearning.ph/newsletter/current.html
High Court to pilot
distance learning project for judges
Posted: 10:24 PM (Manila Time) | Jul. 01, 2004
By Alexander Villafania
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.
The modules will be
delivered via the Internet where participants will have
to use a computer.
The SC acquired funding
from the Asian Foundation for 4,000 US dollars per
module. It also tapped Singaporean firm CrimsonLogic to
provide the e-learning software.
Atty. Ivan Uy, chief
information officer of the SC said the e-learning project
is one of their experiments to see what mode of distance
education would work for them. Usually, they conduct
seminars and conferences in different places, which are
"There were two
reasons why we embarked in this project: one is to
improve the continuing education of our judges and second
to save up on costs," Uy said.
Uy said that the pilot
test would run for about five months, followed by an
evaluation to see where the project worked and to make
"If it proves its
worth, we'll include other learning modules like money
laundering, accounting issues, and criminal laws,"
So far, initial
reception to an e-learning project was positive,
according to Uy. He said many of the participating judges
have attended a teleconferencing seminar.
With regards to the
choice of pilot modules, Uy said many of the judges have
to start learning about electronic evidence since it is
stipulated in Republic Act 8792, otherwise known as the
psychological incapacity module was chosen since many of
the participating judges to the e-learning project are
handling marriage annulment cases.
Distance learning group
to set up e-learning standards
Posted: 3:32 AM (Manila Time) | Jun. 18, 2004
By Alexander Villafania
E-Learning Society (PELS) has tied up with the Asia
E-learning Network (AEN) to establish standards on
e-learning using the Sharable Content Object Reference
As part of this tie-up,
PELS will be conducting seminars and training programs
early next year for teachers and institutions that are
engaged in distance and e-learning programs.
SCORM is a standard used
by many distance learning institutions worldwide to
develop curriculums that can conform with each other and
be reused by other schools.
In the case of PELS,
they would be using SCORM to standardize all the learning
modules that can be shared among e-learning schools.
PELS will also look for
partners to promote the use of SCORM in the Philippines.
One of their plans is to get a SCORM expert from
Singapore to train Filipinos.
PELS President Ben
Teehankee said in an interview that using SCORM would
save the country's e-learning institutions from having to
create their own modules and instead borrow those that
are already available.
Teehankee said the use
of SCORM in an e-learning environment ensures that
learning modules can run on any operating platform,
including Microsoft Windows, Unix and Linux.
Although such a project
would entail investments on the part of the e-learning
schools, Teehankee said they could just start from basic
modules and eventually ramp up to intermediate
"If there's one
thing that should be developed first in e-learning is the
content that caters to a specific group of students.
Delivery is also a very important aspect in e-learning
and using SCORM can ensure that student learning can be
maximized," Teehankee said.
UP, semiconductor firms
launch online engineering courses
First posted 11:46pm (Mla time) Sept 22, 2005
By Alexander Villafania
The University of the
Philippines College of Engineering (UP-COE), in
cooperation with Intel Philippines, Philips
Semiconductors, and Texas Instruments recently launched
the UP Distributed Graduate Instruction (UP-DIGRI)
program, an online distance learning project for the
countrys electrical, mechanical and industrial
engineers who wish to take up high-level graduate
The UP-DIGRI program was
developed as an alternative for those who cannot find
time for traditional classes in universities. It was also
developed to speed up the production of a pool of
graduate degree engineers in an effort to fill the demand
by of the Philippines semiconductor companies.
The three semiconductor
firms allotted a total of 24,000 dollars to build the
facility and purchase equipment; UP provided space for
the laboratory and the internally developed University
Virtual Learning Environment.
The program offers two
Masters in Engineering in Microelectronics courses and
four in Masters of Material Science and Engineering, all
at the UP.
Students taking the
courses attend classes virtually except for laboratory
UP-COE Associate Dean
Norbert Que said they already have 52 students taking
various courses under the UP-DIGRI program.
Dean Que added that they
would be conducting per semester evaluation for the
program to ensure updates of curriculums for the
following semester. Were taking every effort
to make sure that our curriculums are up-to-date with
world standards, he said.
Online learning facility
for state schools pilot tested
Posted: 7:44 PM (Manila Time) | Jul. 16, 2004
By Alexander Villafania
THE NATIONAL Computer
Institute (NCI), the training division of the National
Computer Center, recently pilot tested its first online
learning facility that will be used for state colleges
and universities (SUCs).
It conducted the pilot
test with the Benguet State University (BSU) in La
Trinidad, Benguet and the Bicol University in Legazpi
The NCI adopted an
interactive category of distance learning that involves
two-way communications, videoconferencing, voice over IP
(VoIP) and Web chat.
The first online course
used for the training was on Access, a database
application developed by Microsoft.
Through the system, a
weeklong lecture was given teachers and students in the
SUCs. The video conferencing facility allowed the
instructor located at the NCI office in Diliman, Quezon
City to interact with the participants.
Daily hands-on exercises
were submitted through e-mail. Even the final exam was
conducted live via video conferencing.
The pilot test will be
followed up by the introduction of other basic courses
The NCI coordinated with
Microsoft Philippines to provide the software, while it
used the nationwide network of the Philippine Research,
Education, Government Information Network (PREGINET).
PREGINET is under the
supervision of the Advanced Science and Technology
Institute, one of the research and development agencies
of the Department of Science and Technology.
will also start pilot testing this August a new
e-learning application developed under the auspices of
the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Called the ASEAN Virtual
Institute of Science and Technology, the software will be
initially targeted at SUCs and will eventually be used
also by other members of PREGINET.