Generations of Distance Education: The UPOU Perspective

Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina, Dr. Felix Librero, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso

This Special Session will describe the generations/development of open and distance e-Learning in the Philippines through the voices and narratives of the former Chancellors of the UP Open University. The different models of offering academic programs in the distance elearning mode will be highlighted.

Towards Understanding, Conceptualizing and Measuring Openness in Education

Dr. Melinda Lumanta, Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, Ms. Luisa A. Gelisan, Ms. Marie Karen Enrile, Ms. Jennifer S. Belen, Ms. Victoria Canape-Belegal, Ms. Eleanor P. Manipol

In the field of education, openness has dominated recent discourse necessitating greater understanding of openness not only in terms of open education practice but also in terms of conceptualizing and measuring the construct of openness in education. This special session looks at openness through a systems perspective. The educational institution is seen as the focal system interacting with its internal and external environment. We submit that the institution’s openness is largely determined by the degree of permeability of its boundaries. The more permeable the greater the tendency to openness which are often reflected as openness dimensions cited in the literature and the actual and/or envisioned organisational practices

Researching ODeL: Some Theoretical and Empirical Explorations

Dr. Jean Saludadez

To borrow from Holmberg, the core of researching ODeL is the understanding of open and distance elearning and the explanation of its processes. Years back, Holmberg foresaw the advancement of understanding ODeL through educational, organizational, psychological and other approaches. This session shall share some theoretical and empirical explorations within the organizational communication frame. These explorations attempted to understand how ODeL is accomplished organizationally and to provide an explanation why education is possible at a distance.

Navigating Through the Dark Side of ODeL

Dr. Alexander Flor

Many of us have attended this conference intent on engaging our respective institutions and programs with Open, Distance and eLearning. Given the Paris Message of 2016 and RA10650, we are actively crafting plans on how we can best use ODeL to reach out to higher education takers from every corner of the Philippines, ASEAN and even the rest of the world. However, there are two sides to everything. And ODeL has its own dark side.

This session alerts the participants on consequences and concerns associated with open knowledge resources, open pedagogies and assessments for open education. Its purpose is to flatten the learning curve among administrative and academic officials and faculty members of institutions who clearly see a future in ODeL and are in the process of wrapping their minds around it.